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  1. Great report shellback91! And awesome pics! We need to get back there someday!! smiles, ladybug
  2. BBBAAAA!!!! for sure! smiles, ladybug
  3. I will always remember our camping trip to Swansea when Ken and Al exposed their true radically funny personalities. BBBAAAA.... That's when we found out that the three of us all worked for the same employer....That following Monday, my secretary came into my office with a surprised look on her face - there were 2 bus drivers here to see me. What a pair Ken and Al were! It was hard to see Ken move to Florida, but we all knew it was good for him to be with family. (I think he moved to the Northeast first) Ken fought the cancer shit....gave it a good fight. My heart to Al and JohnPa, as he was such a dear friend to them. Prayers for Ken's family and friends. God Bless you Ken. smiles, ladybug
  4. Great pics! Looks like a great day! smiles, ladybug
  5. Awesome pics!! Can you imagine the geological forces that created that magnificence? smiles, ladybug
  6. Awesome pics!! That trail sure has changed over the last 15 years!! And I'm with Kris on the mud....NO thanks! Too many times I would park Gracie in my back yard with a sprinkler under her.... Glad you all had fun and made it safely! smiles, ladybug
  7. That's a nice looking unit! I'm happy that it meets your needs! smiles, ladybug
  8. I am still so very pleased that Brady is OK! AND what a nice looking rig! AND what a blessing that Brady has a dad and mom who love him so very much and Dad Kris - you are just doing an awesome job!! smiles, ladybug
  9. One of my favorite spots!! Thanks for posting!! smiles, ladybug
  10. Wow! I am so glad that Brady is ok!!! smiles, ladybug
  11. Great pics! Looks like you all had fun! smiles, ladybug
  12. Great pics!! I like the breakfast pic! - great pic of Kris!! smiles, ladybug
  13. Indeed Kris!!! Probably so! I'll post them in advance once I get them figured out! And yes, many thanks to all the members who are stepping up to lead runs!!! smiles, ladybug
  14. THAT's so COOL! Great pics!!! Thanks for sharing! smiles, ladybug
  15. Sarah, you shall need to go on all my trips! You are fun to be with, plus your photos and trip reports are so very top-notch! THANKS for posting and sharing! smiles, ladybug ps - And thanks to Chris for sharing the documentation!
  16. Great trails! Sorry that I'll be out of town that weekend, but have fun in my neighborhood! smiles, ladybug
  17. That's quite an interesting article. Also note that there are fruit farms in Kingman area (not related to Saudi) that are pumping groundwater without regulation...or so I have been told. To see Lincoln Ranch and Planet Ranch remain untouched, leaving the water in the Bill Williams River, so that Freeport (owners of the Bagdad mine) can have Wickieup water wellheads...That was their agreement upon purchasing those ranches. ....makes you think eh? Thanks for posting Mike. And it was so good to have you along on this trip! smiles, ladybug
  18. And to finish .... We had a few winds that afternoon, but after tents were up, the winds settled and we were able to enjoy a beautiful evening campfire. Not a good picture, but I'm sure someone has one better! (Sarah) About 1.30 am Sunday morning the gale force winds began. It was brutal; most of us were up at 2 am to move jeeps to block wind. Chris and Sarah took their tent down, and I tied mine to Millie. We ensured the campfire was not exposed - we had doused it well - but double checking is always good. Shortly after returned to our tents, (or in Chris and Sarah's case - their jeep) the winds settled and we got a few more hours of sleep. That morning wasn't so much cold as it had a steady biting wind. But we wandered around Camp Bouse - home to about 10,000 men between August 1943 and April 1944 as they trained for war in South Africa. Hard to imagine that this was one camp of 12 that General Patton had in 3 states. After that we headed down the power line road to Alamo Road and home. It really was a great trip (IMHO) with a great group of people!
  19. We had a most awesome weekend out Swansea way! Thanks to Gear, Chris and Sarah, and Jack for joining me! We headed out Friday morning and got to Swansea by noon. Our first stop was at camp - setting up tents and eating lunch! Important stuff! After that we spent the afternoon exploring Swansea. This place never fails! Our first drive was to the pumping station. With over 500 residents in this town, and the smelter needs, water was pumped by steam-powered generators) 5 miles from the Bill Williams River. the Bill To The northern end of the trail is a cherry stem spur in the Swansea Wilderness, so we only get so far, then walk the rest of the way. This little baby burro led the way. There's nothing left of the pump station except the base....bummer. After our visit here, we drive to the center of Swansea, passing by the remains of resident homes and worker homes. On the way, we did find the lime kiln - used to make bricks - and one of the two cemeteries. A most interesting cemetery - a mound of rocks. Oh and on our walk to the cemetery, we find in-the-ground remains of their terra cotta water line. It's interesting as there are holes on this mound with scattered wood that appears to be the remains of wood crosses. Our guess is that the ground was so hard, that they covered the dead, as opposed to burying them....but totally unknown to us. This pile of rocks was not like any other in the area, and Sarah's gps did identify this as the cemetery. Wierd. Once we get to the center of the mining operation, Mike tests the quality of the shaft covers. The hillside has many shafts, and all are covered....or at least we saw enough to believe that they got them all. The old 'dust chamber' and the remains of the furnace/smelter. We never did figure out what this was for.... And a view back as we head towards camp. It was a beautiful evening! I enjoyed sleeping under the stars, minus the rainfly, in my 15 year old (needs to be replaced) tent! But first, we needed to eat that cherry cobbler, then a battle for the pumpkin carving contest. It was a close draw, but Chris won the prize. Hopefully Sarah has pictures of our competition! (mine did not come out) The next day we head over to Lincoln Ranch. Along the way, small and larger gatherings of burros. If you talk to them, they stand still and listen. Lincoln Ranch area is very large, along the Bill Williams River, and was purchased in 1984 for water rights. According to state law, owners had to show land use in order to keep those water rights, so they leased it back to the original owner who continued to graze cattle and grew crops. In 1995, ownership was transferred to Phelps Dodge/Freeport MacMoran - who agreed to keep water in the Bill Williams River in exchange for wellheads in Wickieup, near their Bagdad mine. We assume that it was then that the ranch was abandoned. This building was their power generating building. We never could get to the slot canyon near the southeast corner of the ranch. I was amazed how much the vegetation, primarily mesquite trees, have filled the area in the few years since I last was here. So along the way to Camp Bouse, we stop at a pit mine, and see this spring. More signs of burros here too. Then we run the gas line over to Camp Bouse....for at least part of the way, before we head out across Butler Valley on trails. I have only this one picture from the gas line road.
  20. What a beautiful truck!! Love it!!! And you can't beat a Power Wagon, IMHO! Congrats!!! smiles, ladybug
  21. Awesome pics and a really great trip! Thanks Ryan for leading, and JohnPa for tailgunning! smiles, ladybug
  22. Yes, Ryan is indeed! Thanks Ryan for a great trip, and it was so fun to meet some new friends, chat with some long-time friends, see some meteors, and get Millie on some dirt for her first time!! What a fun night! smiles, ladybug
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