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KOFA 2024-Trip And Photo Thread

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We wrapped up another epic KOFA run this afternoon and once again we had the place to ourselves. It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some members of this motley crew for the first time. The trails were in good condition overall, some wear and tear and weather erosion has occurred since last year but nothing too significant.  The area never disappoints to provide some epic scenery. This time was even better because the desert was alive, green, and flowers were blooming.  We visited two epic campsites; Friday night we spent the night in Big Dick Canyon(No Giggling😁) and Saturday night at my favorite spot out there so far, the Hovatter Homestead.

 

Mother nature was in a bad mood this weekend because we had some minor issues. We all hit rain on the way in which had me concerned but it moved out pretty quickly. The rain did help control the dust so that was the silver lining. By the time we made it to camp and got set up the clouds had moved out and we had a prefect evening. We did have some weather roll in Saturday evening that delayed the evenings activities a little. It moved on eventually and we all gathered up next to the fire and burned every single piece of firewood we had on hand, it was glorious.

 

All in all an awesome weekend with some good people in a beautiful part of the state. Thanks again to everyone that came out, I had blast even with the little rain that we had.

 

Those in attendance were:

@gearhead  @Curly  @Dennis Szymanski  @Bjparsons  @Franky  @gman  @Mick Bowers  @Micely 

 

Some shout outs are in order.

@Curly For finding information on the Rob Roy Mine. I never knew this was here and it was definitely worth a the visit and a revisit next time we get out that way. It is a short hike from the parking area and there is a lot of stuff there to see. You can see some of the artifacts on YouTube. It sits right on the edge of the active mine but is part of KOFA so you are safe to wander up there and  explore everything.  Apparently Fred White, who discovered the mine, was afraid of being buried alive. That is understandable but weird for a miner in my opinion. Here is a clip from his obituary that the article I linked to and the plaque on the property mentions.

"Beaver, Utah, Dec. 29. - Fred White, discoverer of the Rob Roy mine, and at one time very wealthy, has committed suicide. In a letter, written just before his death, he calls down curses on those who "robbed" him. He also expresses the with that his heart shall be punctured two or three times after his body shall be found in order that death may be certain. He had a horror of being buried alive."

 

@gearhead for tail-gunning and helping keep the gang together and headed in the right direction. Thanks Mike!

 

The gang who stacked rocks to help get a couple of folks down a tricky spot this morning and @Dennis Szymanski for spotting @Franky  through that spot.

 

I only took a few pictures, they are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/q5qiXxbXuF3WrrcD8

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Thank you so much for putting on this trip. I was happy I got to go. The desert was beautiful and amazingly lush. You were a great group. It was a a really fun first time off road trip. 

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Great trip report @shellback91, sounds like you guys had a nice weekend. I love that area, especially the Hovatter Homestead. I spread some of my dad's ashes there right before discovering the gravesites of the father and a daughter on the hillside nearby. Always kind of got to me how they died.

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I love looking at old mining machinery that has been abandoned in place.  This mine and mill is in pretty good shape. I thought it was cool how all the following pics fit together

 

This engine

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drove this small pulley

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which turned the big drum

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which turned these gears

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There was more stuff driven by the belts in the ceiling.

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Check out the size of the timbers in the building.  Definitely not grown in the Yuma area.

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3 minutes ago, Curly said:

I love looking at old mining machinery that has been abandoned in place.  This mine and mill is in pretty good shape. I thought it was cool how all the following pics fit together

 

This engine

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drove this small pulley

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which turned the big drum

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which turned these gears

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There was more stuff driven by the belts in the ceiling.

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Check out the size of the timbers in the building.  Definitely not grown in the Yuma area.

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Awesome pics, that mine and it's buildings are pretty dang cool.

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18 hours ago, Micely said:

Thank you so much for putting on this trip. I was happy I got to go. The desert was beautiful and amazingly lush. You were a great group. It was a a really fun first time off road trip. 

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Great pics! We were glad to have you and your brother along for the ride.

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Great report shellback91!  And awesome pics!  We need to get back there someday!!

smiles, ladybug

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20240315_145430.thumb.jpg.0df560d88f81aeab4611cd9b8050d64a.jpgFinally getting around to posting  pics...sure was a great time... loved Sunday evening dealing with drizzle, diehards out there enjoying a campfire in spite of our crazy selves..even captured a small rainbow over "Curly" and Devon's rig.  A big thanks to our fearless leader, Marty!

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Great pics!!!

smiles, ladybug

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