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  1. Awesome pics!!! Thanks for sharing!! smiles, ladybug
  2. And my final for tonight...the last town of this day was Ellsworth. And on our way back to camp...a real treat to see! Good night from Nevada! A Land of Wonder and Vastness and Really Cool Stuff!
  3. Inside the Berlin mill....a 30 stamp mill complete with concentrating table and rifling table.... Looking back into Berlin and its homes that are here. This is a state park, and well preserved. We couldn't get to the town of Union, so headed over to Grantsville next. An old adobe building from the 1860s. And their most impressive mill. Talk to me if you want more details about some of these! Many of these mills were stamp mills, or ball and rod mills, and/or included cyanide leaching tanks or mercury rifling tables, etc etc.... From the old mill, looking down on the trail. The assayers office is the building shown. It actually still contained labeled bags of samples! The remains of the stamp mill at Grantsville.
  4. From Eureka and Austin, we head to Gabbs Nevada. Our first stop, after setting up camp - the ghost town of Lodi. The Illinois Mine was the largest producer in this area. I was grateful that I had spent so much time researching all these areas, as this had us stumped...until I read my notes! This is a 100 ton smelter! And it was only used for 1 month before the mining company closed it, claiming bankruptcy due to the cost of shipping the ore. That's why we found only a relatively small amount of slag in the area, and the bricks had very little burning on them. Our campsite these nights provided a great opportunity for shepherds pie dinner one night, and apple cobbler the next. And the next day, the most very impressive Berlin mill. To the left of the mill is its machine shop.
  5. The old mine shaft and mill at Jefferson....This was a great trail ride to get to this town. And all that's left of Round Mountain. The mining company moved the town, since the richest vein they found was right under the town. All that is left at this site now is the cemetery. Hugh mine tailings in the background. This is a very active and successful and LARGE gold mine now.
  6. One might think that once you've seen one ghost town, you've seen them all...but that is so not true. The days are flying by - as we travel through vast valleys between numerous mountain ranges, and marvel at the number of mines and variety of mills and mining techniques that have been used here for the last 160 years....And some mines are still going. Today we drove past the mine at Round Mountain and another at Eureka - both successful gold mines still going strong...although not using the techniques of years past! Just a few shots as we have gone from Caliente to Pioche, to Ely and then Eureka and Austin, Gabbs and Tonopah. Tonight we are in Elko... What is also fascinating is the number of times we cross or follow either the Pony Express Trail or the Overland Stage trail. An old mill in the ghost town of Kingston Nevada...rather, the remains of one.
  7. We are in and out of cell phone coverage....check us out on facebook if you get a chance...I'll post there as well....Nevada is so very awesome! We are seeing stuff we have never seen before...like a 100 ton smelter! An almost complete stamp mill with concentrating table and rifling table! Such cool stuff! smiles and love from Tonopah (momentarily!) ladybug
  8. We finally got to the ghost town of Piermont....and although we did not hike over to the stamp mill and mine tailings, we were able to see old foundations, plus the remains of an 1870 log cabin. The views were absolutely stunning... Oh, and we saw wild horses today! Made my day! On our way back to Ely, we encountered more rain... We were glad to have avoided it until then. And we'll be glad that this is the last day of rain for awhile..! And yes, that is a coating of hail on that mountainside. Tomorrow we head over to Austin - via US 50 - the Lonliest Highway in America.
  9. We've been the last few days in Ely, and have had to change plans due to crappy weather....Big bummer, but most of you know that I am somewhat infamous for having to get to plan B ...or C or D.... The view from our KOA campground... And dinner for the group our first night here....Chicken, wild rice, veggies... Cobbler yet to come. John is drooling.... The rain on Tuesday was flash flood level for much of this part of Nevada. The plan was to run to the ghost towns that encircle Treasure Mountain. We drove the 35 miles on blacktop and turned onto the trail...Within 50 yards we stopped. It was sloppy clay and we had barely begun and were leaving tracks that were unsuitable. So we all agreed...this was bad. Knowing we had to climb to 7500 ft elevation, and with the large dips right at the beginning of the trail - if one of us slid off, winching would be just as tough. So we ended up driving out to the most incredible coke ovens. These are the best that we've ever seen...These ovens were used to burn the wood to make the charcoal that the mining smelters needed. So today we dug around to find an area that would be without rain....and that was to head north. What a gem of a ride! I had researched this town...Piermont, but gave it up on my list because it was rather out of the way. Well, what a most beautiful day! Turning off US 93, we were at one of the Pony Express stops. And then we climbed the Shellbourne Pass - following the Pony Express trail. And along the way - the Spring Valley Stone House. This was a stage stop for the Overland Stage. (Pony Express only lasted 19 months, then the Overland Stage took over 1862-1869. This stage stop had extensive corrals and horse barn, with this stone station. A fire in 1900 destroyed all but the house. The well for this stop was enclosed in the back room of the house. And boy, did we move cautiously when we saw the interior wall of one of the rooms...note the skins!
  10. The next day we stop at Cathedral State Park for a 2 mile hike. And then stop at Pioche - where the first 72 people to die here were from "Lead in the Head". This was the most violent town in the west. Consolidated Shaft #1. And the start of the tram line that goes down to a large mill on the other side of town.. And Steve posing at Boot Hill Cemetery...In front of Murderer's Row.... Murderers Row...nothing fancy here. A few of the headstones identified the names and who shot/stabbed them. After Pioche, we headed to Ely, where we are now for a few days. All is going well except for today and tomorrow with lots of rain....Plan B. or C or D....we'll figure it out.... smiles and love to all, Moses
  11. Yes, Nevada is beautiful!! We've been here 4 days, and experienced a good hail storm and then a day of rain today which has kept us off of the trails for the day. Bummer, but after slipping around on this clay for 50 yards, and witnessing the damage to the trail head, common sense and 'Tread Lightly' prevailed...(as it should) Just a few shots for now... Nevada is full of wide open spaces, long roads and valleys, and mountains where ever you look. Our campsite at Kershaw Ryan State Park in Caliente. We barely had pulled in when the hail came down. A bit later the park ranger came through and informed us we could not get into town...they were working at clearing a landslide. All was good by the next morning, and we witnessed many digging out the mud and clearing town streets. The next day we head to the ghost town of Delamar. First stop was the cemetery. Then up the hill and around the corner to Delamar. Not much of this town is still standing, as compared to pictures from a few years back... By looking into one of the (many many ) books that I have about Nevada, the pictures from the 1890s showed this to be a huge mill. And by looking at those pictures, we determined it was not a stamp mill, but most likely at ball and rod mill. Complete with ovens and all kinds of equipment.
  12. Hey Many Thanks for the appreciation badge! I will wear it with honor and Gratitude! smiles and love, ladybug
  13. Looking good Brady!!! smiles, ladybug
  14. Great pics! Love the pup!! smiles, ladybug
  15. I agree! Great trip report and great pics! Thanks for sharing!!! Glad you all had fun and made it safely through!! smiles, ladybug
  16. Selling these items for a friend. 1) ARB Fridge - Model 10800472 (now model 10801472) - 50 quart. This fridge can maintain an interior temp of 0 degrees. Continues to actively cool while vehicle is off, and feature an adjustable automatic battery protection system that prevents vehicle battery run-down. Comes with bag/case. The unit is about 10 years old, but the fridge is in excellent condition, and the case in good condition. You know these ARB's last forever. Exterior footprint: 28"L x 15"W x 20"H. Retail is $1350 - you can buy it for $670. 2) SnoMaster Fridge/Freezer - Model SMDZ-CL72D. This wondrous 76 quart fridge was only used a few times. Stainless steel cabinet, hinges, locks, handles. 3 internal baskets included, and each compartment can be set independently -8F to 50F. Transit bag and remote included. Size: 30"L x 20.5"W x 20"H. Retail $1516, yours for $750. 3) SOLD Coleman Insta Start Grill Stove - propane fired, dual cooking surfaces enable open-air grilling and stove stop heating at the same time. Only used once; the owner did not like it. Retail $140 - yours for $70. 4) Cook Partner Stove - This two-burner stove cooks so nicely and evenly!. Comes with windscreens, and is a few years old. Dearly beloved as a great cook stove. Weighs 13 pounds, and is 12" x 18" x 3.5". Retail $470. Yours for $235 5) Tire Table - new, in box. Steel, powder coated table that mounts over the tire, forming a side table working area. New $140, yours for $70 6) 15 pound, CO2 power tank with regulator, handle, cover, and mounting bracket. Tank has been painted a copper color. Yours for $275 If you are interested in any of these items, or have additional questions, please text Jim at 602.531.8366.
  17. Hey Michelle!!! Welcome to the club! When I get home later this fall, lets get a few runs done out this way! Not in the rain tho... smiles, ladybug
  18. I agree Jim! Those are great pictures!!! And how cool that you got to see him!!! smiles, ladybug
  19. Wow Ryan and Rich! GREAT Photography here!! Thanks for leading Ryan and thanks to both of you guys for sharing such awesome pics! It was indeed a great run! smiles, ladybug
  20. Curly - Oh we parted waters for sure!!! Indeed I felt protected, as the waters parted around Gracie! Gracie's rear was sunk down in that mire of silt and sand and kept us from moving - which was a real blessing, as the wash's dropoff was only 10 feet from my door! Doesn't mean I wasn't still scared, but once I saw those 3 amigos from Aguila walk across the wash, then I was exiting the vehicle! LOL!
  21. We are home too! Another late night for us Ryan - but not as late as Harquahala! After the car wash in Flagstaff, we reversed direction, sat thru the LONG wait on 89A at the top of Oak Creek Canyon, and had dinner with a friend in Cottonwood! Over Jerome, roundabout Prescott, and home around 9:30....THANKS For such a great day! Now us old people are sleeping well...its been a busy weekend! Love to all! Great to meet some new friends! smiles, ladybug
  22. I didn't want to get this buried in the trip reports, so am starting a new post in the same area, which gives you easy access to go see the actual trip report and the mess that we got into after we left the trail ride. BTW - We had an awesome time on the trail....Thanks Ryan for putting this trip together! It was fun to ride this trail in the rain and clouds and lightening! BTWx2 - I am good at preaching how one should not be on the trails alone....always have another vehicle with you...well maybe in rainy weather, it would be good to have one with you on pavement as well...LOL. Thanks JohnPa for caravaning with Michelle on the way back to highway! So OB1 and I owe a HUGE THANKS to the crew who rescued us! After the trail ride, we left the group and headed north on Eagle Eye Road, and didn't recognize the width of the Tiger Wash crossing, and we have a jeep, and I have OB1, so off we go to cross the wash. (and yes, we are old, and yes, we know better) Only to get BURIED in the silt of the wash, with water flowing all around, and no way to extract ourselves. Three very kind men from Aguila showed up on the north side, waded into the wash (against my better judgement, but it allowed us to see that the wash was able to be waded, despite sinking into silt as you waded it), and they tried to push us out. (They wisely left their vehicle on the north bank, just tried physical pushing force) Meanwhile we had been trying to get phone signal, finally dialed 911, and lost that call many times, and finally got the word that they didn't really have anyone to help us. (We were borderline Maricopa and LaPaz County, so kept getting shifted from one to another) We tried to call Ryan and Woody, but no phone signal. Finally I try a text to Woody. We run out our winch cable to the guys on the north shore, and just then the wonderful ORP crew shows up on the south bank. We all agree we should pull from the south bank, the direction we had come from, so in goes our winch cable, and out comes Woody's. With Ryan as an anchor, and straps added to the cable line, they winch us up out of the silt. And then, thanks to Scott, for sending over a battery jumper to the guys on the north shore, whose battery had died in the process. MANY Many Thanks to Ryan, Woody, Scott and Stacey, JB and Kelly, and Alex, who hung with us all the way to I-10 as we crossed a few more washes. With a special thanks to Ryan and Woody, who waded the waters with us, and used their winches and straps to help free us from the wash. Just to finish up....Ryan, we should have asked those semi's where they came from! They obviously did not come down Eagle Eye Road! I think they came across 60, and found that Vicksburg Road (the connection to I-10) was closed, so came in from Salome? Anyways, google said our fastest way home was via Vicksburg Road, so off we go to the west...only to find that road was closed just north of the gas station. We did not try it! - just turned right around.....So we ended up all the way over to 60, by Brenda, to get home finally at 2 am. And for those of you who know OB1 - who was up early this morning, Gracie's underside has been power hosed, and yet more rocks and sand dislodged from skid plates and everywhere else. The tow strap has been hosed of its sand and the winch cable rewound tightly. The carpet under the drivers side has been dried, and the axles and such have been confirmed to be free of water. Joints and such have been lubed, and altho there is still a thin layer of mud on Gracie, she is much happier now.... As am I! For the few who have known me for a long time, my initial nickname on AZVJC was Grateful.....(Renamed later by Grunt and Bear to become Ladybug)....And I shall always be Grateful for the friends we have made, and for the help we received last night. THANKS so much! Love you all! smiles, ladybug
  23. Hey Marty! Depending on the route, length of trip, and when you are going, I'd be interested in returning! This state is full of history, ghost towns, mountains, and things to see! Here's an interesting tidbit to get others perked: Pioche: In the 1860s, this mining camp was the Wildest in the West, the baddest in the west. Badder than Tombstone, badder than Dodge City, and all the rest. The gun was the only law. The most common form of death was unnatural, and the first 72 deaths were from "lead in the head" or violence of some sort. There were over 70 unnatural deaths before the first natural death. Bad men came into town to bully and shoot residents, and mine owners imported their own bad men at the rate of 20 per day to fight encroachments. The cemetery began with Murderers Row - begun when the sheriff forced 2 killers to stand at graves dug at the end of a row when he shot them. Murderers Row contains the graves of over 100 murderers. Yep - lots of good history in this state! smiles, ladybug
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