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by Wingman
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: Panamint City backpack.
Replies: 16
Views: 11676

Does anybody know how tall that smokestack is?

Neal
by Wingman
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

Thanks, Kurt for drawing public attention to this situation. It's really sad, but the more awareness of this among the public the better. There is also a large and growing issue with people driving out into the salt flats south of Badwater. One problem is that a single set of tracks anywhere gives o...
by Wingman
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

netlama, Thanks for posting that. wbdeford -- your daughter's sentiments are shared by most who have to try to work on these things. The only people who really like them are the politicians who get bribed with campaign contributions from the aerospace industry to vote for such an absurdly expensive ...
by Wingman
Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Flowers
Replies: 10
Views: 6643

In that case maybe we in British Columbia should bring some up and stick it on our purple Knapweed. That stuff is awful, and spreading fast...

I mean this as a joke, but the idea is tempting.

Neal
by Wingman
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Flowers
Replies: 10
Views: 6643

That is quite true. Dodder is native, and has been around a long time. It's alarming in a bad year, but the other native vegetation seems to survive longer term just fine. Seems like Dodder will kill individual plants and especially bushes at times, but I've never seen any perceptible thinning of ve...
by Wingman
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

And one more from that day in 2014. He drove right through the thickest concentration of rocks, and across the trails.

This is NOT Photoshopped!

Neal

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by Wingman
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

Here's one from May 2014, over by the Moving Rocks area. Here we have both footprints AND vehicle tracks. At least this jerk waited til the playa was pretty dry.

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by Wingman
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

Here are some more, a bit farther south and closer to the edge of the playa. The deep tracks are the same people as the other picture, I think, but the ones on the right are older and laid down when the playa was not as wet. http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s95/Wingmanphoto/death%20valley/_D834370...
by Wingman
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

I took this last December near the Grandstand. If you stand at the Grandstand parking lot, these were on a line somewhat to the right of the Grandstand, and maybe 300 to 400 yards out onto the playa. They had entered the playa about a half mile or so south of the parking area and drove all over the ...
by Wingman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

Thanks for my evening giggle, Sparky. Actually I kind of like the idea. In my experience most of these jerkoffs are testosterone driven youngish males, so you might not have to put too much effort into the female side. I think one big issue is the Farrabee Jeep rentals. I hate to say this because th...
by Wingman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:52 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

I really try to stay off my soapbox, but I spend six months every year in Death Valley. I see these people struggling every day -- everybody's doing one and a half jobs and a lot of them are just fried. I see the vandalism in the cabins, and the vehicle tracks on the salt flats, and the deterioratin...
by Wingman
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

So you don't think 8 or 9 Law Enforcement people are enough to manage 150 miles of pavement, 900 miles of dirt roads, emergency medical needs for a million visitors a year, search and rescue for all the lost and injured hikers, fire duties, and all the attendant government paperwork? The Park is try...
by Wingman
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: some of the worst people on earth have visited the racetrack
Replies: 62
Views: 31376

I'm sorry to say that the Racetrack is deteriorating really quickly. The last two or three years have been very hard on the place. There are Jeep tracks looping around through the moving rocks, along with the footprints of all the people who walked around out there when it was wet. There are moving ...
by Wingman
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Flowers
Replies: 10
Views: 6643

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by Wingman
Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Photography Forum
Topic: I interviewed aviation photographers at Jedi Transition
Replies: 3
Views: 5226

Thanks for this really nice video. I've been an aviation photographer for 40 years, and a lover of Rainbow Canyon for just as long, though I've never been successful at combining the two at once. This video has some rainbow Canyon footage in it, from the cockpit point of view. (about 2/3 of the way ...