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by Wingman
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is it, and/or where is it?
Replies: 534
Views: 252423

Is Family Dollar a food store? We spend extended periods in Death Valley and Pahrump is a long drive for food shopping. It would be nice to have even some basic food available in Beatty.

Neal
by Wingman
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Fallout shelter at the Boron, CA borax mine
Replies: 11
Views: 10485

Butte Valley? I've been all over Butte Valley and have never seen a hole big enough to hold more than 1 person! Access would also be a problem in an emergency -- there are only two realistic ways in and out, and they have always been iffy for most vehicles. Is there anything published or on the web ...
by Wingman
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: New personal hotspot 128 degrees 6-21 Furnace Creek
Replies: 10
Views: 4363

I am very much looking forward to this set of trip reports. You did several things that I'm interested in.

Neal
by Wingman
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Western Places
Topic: Fallout shelter at the Boron, CA borax mine
Replies: 11
Views: 10485

Where (more or less) were the ones in and near Death Valley? Were they both made from abandoned mines?

Neal
by Wingman
Sat May 07, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Just wondering about the Scotty's Castle area
Replies: 14
Views: 8188

They spent something like 8 Million Bucks two years ago to rebuild that road. This is how it looks now.

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by Wingman
Sun May 01, 2016 8:58 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: April 9 - 26, 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 15895

Great Roadrunner pictures! I love those birds, but have never gotten a satisfying photo of one. There was a nesting pair in Death Valley employee housing for a long time. The female used to come around about 10 a m each morning to hunt for those big cockroaches that are such a feature of Death Valle...
by Wingman
Sun May 01, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Just wondering about the Scotty's Castle area
Replies: 14
Views: 8188

You're welcome. Birgitta is still in Death Valley working on a greatly expanded version of the story -- hopefully it will turn into some sort of booklet or small book. It's quite the story -- many stories, actually. Today she interviewed a family who were returning to Pahrump from a deer hunting tri...
by Wingman
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Just wondering about the Scotty's Castle area
Replies: 14
Views: 8188

They had a couple of AmeriCorps crews in over the winter. Those young folks put in a lot of hours collecting railroad ties and chunks of highway asphalt from miles of Death Valley wash. A bunch of paperwork had to be filed to get permission to take pickup trucks into the official wilderness area to ...
by Wingman
Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Just wondering about the Scotty's Castle area
Replies: 14
Views: 8188

Here's a link to an article my wife wrote about the floods: http://www.desertreport.org/?p=1725 The Castle came through the event fine, but the water and electrical infrastructure was destroyed. It does seem that they are moving the entire collection to storage in a secure climate controlled facilit...
by Wingman
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Drive up access to Zabriskie Point in the 1970's
Replies: 3
Views: 1951

I missed Golden Canyon, but drove up to Zabriskie several times. Funny thing is, I remember being the only one there several times back in the early 1970s.

My little MGB-GT looked good there.

Neal
by Wingman
Wed May 22, 2013 9:55 am
Forum: Death Valley Talk
Topic: Should I visit in June?
Replies: 20
Views: 10328

IF a military (or other) pilot saw any sort of signal they would certainly report it. These folks are always aware that they could be the one in distress on the ground! However, you would be amazed at how difficult it is to see something from the air even when you are looking for it. These are very ...
by Wingman
Fri May 17, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Ghost Towns & Mining Camps
Topic: How accessable is Leadfield?
Replies: 8
Views: 10705

Definitely in between. There are a couple of steepish and rocky spots and one rock that will scrape the bottom of a regular car you if you're not paying some attention. A truly gorgeous drive, though, and very highly recommended. Go slow , get out of the car and wander periodically, go slow, and you...
by Wingman
Fri May 17, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: First trip down to Death Valley at the end of May
Replies: 11
Views: 8165

Seattle to I-80 I really can't address, but I live in Canada right off Highway 95 and have done the Death Valley run 10 times in the last 6 years. US95 hits I-80 in good old Winnemucca, NV. I turn left to Battle Mountain, then head South on Nevada State 305 to Austin. Hang a left on US50 for 15 mile...
by Wingman
Thu May 16, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: Upcoming Trips
Topic: First trip down to Death Valley at the end of May
Replies: 11
Views: 8165

Those days are awfully full. Everything in DVNP is a long way from everywhere else. I think the place is best seen by taking your time and spending time outside the car. Echo Canyon is worth half a day by itself, as is the Aguerreberry Camp and point area and Skidoo Road. It's at least a 2 hour driv...
by Wingman
Tue May 14, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Death Valley Backcountry
Topic: 3 Stamp Mill built by Carl Mengel in 1898
Replies: 9
Views: 5477

Mill

Not at all -- the PMs were a side conversation. Not much is really known about the mill site other than what I posted above, and I'd like to hear more if anybody has any history of the place.

Neal