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by D.A. Wright
Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:11 am
Forum: Western Places
Topic: 20 Mule team route
Replies: 10
Views: 11688

Re: 20 Mule team route

I had a few people with use who had never seen a working windmill pumping water. Since seeing a working windmill is harder to come by, people may want to get out and see this. There is also a working windmill pumping water in the lower end Tule Canyon at the site of Roosevelt. It's an Aeromotor mil...
by D.A. Wright
Sat Mar 01, 2003 10:01 am
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Red Rock Canyon
Replies: 9
Views: 10343

bighorn wrote:Well, I'm sorry for animals that they haven't managed to do what plants do, which is to create portions that can be plucked away, leaving the rest of the living entity intact.
One that comes to mind are various lizards - their tail snaps off while the lizard makes haste to the nearest safety zone.
by D.A. Wright
Sat Mar 01, 2003 9:31 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Suggestions appreciated
Replies: 12
Views: 14009

Whether or not the kids would think a trip to Death Valley would be boring or not, I certainly recommend taking both of your children (even if your daughter thinks it would be boring and doesn't want to go) as it means quality time spent together as a family away from the day to day activities withi...
by D.A. Wright
Fri Feb 28, 2003 10:32 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Scotty's Pool Table For Sale...
Replies: 10
Views: 13214

SteveS wrote:On a side note, when people talk about Scotty, they get around to Bill Keys.
Bill Key was often mentioned in the Inyo County press. Before hooking up with Walter Scott, he was often associated with Owens Valley, occassionally the country east of the Inyo Range and west of Hunter Mountain.
by D.A. Wright
Thu Feb 27, 2003 11:15 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Oooo, Oooo Suburu
Replies: 11
Views: 6605

Oooo, Oooo Suburu

Remember that old jingle for Suburu autos? Today, traveling between Trona and my home in Big Pine, at Keeler I spied a helicopter parked at the old Four Metals Company mill ruins a short ways above Keeler on the Cerro Gordo road. Next I noticed a mob at Keeler - lots of people, big rigs, motorhomes,...
by D.A. Wright
Thu Feb 27, 2003 11:08 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Gas Prices
Replies: 17
Views: 22507

Gas Prices

Price of gas has risen a few cents in the region in the past few days. Some examples:

Ridgecrest: Eastridge Market (Chevron) $1.99.9
Trona: Texaco $2.05.9
Panamint Springs: $2.57.9
Lone Pine: Lee's Frontier Deli (Chevron) $2.04.9
by D.A. Wright
Wed Feb 26, 2003 9:21 pm
Forum: Literature & Research
Topic: Used Bookstores
Replies: 12
Views: 16599

Used Bookstores

In 1998, I was visiting with my co-author of the SKIDOO! book, who lives in the greater Portland, Oregon area. He took me to Powell's Books late one night. It's in downtown Portland, a huge building of several stories. Even though it was nearly midnight, the place was packed. There, I found an autog...
by D.A. Wright
Wed Feb 26, 2003 4:01 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Makes me mad...
Replies: 21
Views: 25038

I realized their bottomline is people are bad ... [they] just feel better knowing it's out there somewhere being "preserved." Truly stated. Another reason, and I feel the largest factor, is money. Large environmental organizations need to generate causes to generate income. They bennefit at our exp...
by D.A. Wright
Wed Feb 26, 2003 11:44 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Makes me mad...
Replies: 21
Views: 25038

Re: Makes me mad...

How about the NPS allocate more of their funding towards preserving what remaining historic structures still exist within the park instead of doing such actives as removing the teapots from teakettle junction, burying bat rock, or closing 100 year old roads??? The Park Service, in their infinite wi...
by D.A. Wright
Wed Feb 26, 2003 10:51 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Joshua Tree Blooms
Replies: 3
Views: 6338

Joshua Tree Blooms

I'm presently spending a few days at the home of my parents, who live near Joshua Tree National Park. They are at an elevation of a bit over 3000 feet. The two large Joshua trees in their yard have numerous blooms fully open and others just about ready to open. Yesterday, the storm dropped copious a...
by D.A. Wright
Tue Feb 25, 2003 7:43 pm
Forum: Death Valley Environment
Topic: Mr. President
Replies: 18
Views: 21686

Bush

If there was no bush(s) in the desert, it would all be nothing but sand ... :D
by D.A. Wright
Mon Feb 24, 2003 8:40 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Makes me mad...
Replies: 21
Views: 25038

Re: Makes me mad...

There are still places to go and run into miners and cowboys, but I see less and less each year Seems to me that California as a whole is being closed off bit by bit. Environmentalists have created a culture in this state that has given flora and fauna more rights and better treatment than us human...
by D.A. Wright
Fri Feb 21, 2003 6:53 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Makes me mad...
Replies: 21
Views: 25038

Re: Adding Feces to Injury

Uncle Booger's Original Bumper Dumper Hmmm ... do they make this in a fifth wheel version? They could call it Uncle Booger's Original Thunder Throne :D Seriously, looks like someone was using their noodle (while dumping a noodle :-D) and came up with a simple truck camping potty, with a built in pr...
by D.A. Wright
Fri Feb 21, 2003 8:48 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Makes me mad...
Replies: 21
Views: 25038

Re: Makes me mad...

bighorn wrote: And burry your poops deeper, not just cover it with stones. I hate cleaning my boots!
Last time I camped in DVNP, I dumped my "poops" down one of Greenwater's deep mine shafts. Deep enough? :D
bighorn wrote: There’s no need for firearms in DVNP and I don’t like to be shoot at one of my “night hikesâ€￾.
A few years ago, I came across a group of 4x4's with a prominent club insignia on their sides down at the store at Stovepipe. Later, I was coming down from Chloride Cliff and was startled by a very loud gun blast. I saw the same group down at Chloride City townsite, one guy with an AK series rifle randomly firing the gun in all directions, including at a high angle lobbing lead out toward the valley floor. I was quite appaled, as I knew that high powered gun could possibly be dropping lead down around the Keane Wonder millsite and there was a man camping less than a quarter mile away. It was one, illegal; two, stupid; and three, actions like these give anit-4x4, anti-gun people more fodder for their causes.
by D.A. Wright
Wed Feb 19, 2003 8:22 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Wildflowers
Replies: 14
Views: 13904

ccv wrote:We had a beautiful mulberry tree in the front yard. I loved it
I have two mulberries in my yard 50' apart and they darn near come together in the middle. With a couple of big elms nearby, my entire yard is in the shade all summer long.