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7/30/2019
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

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Didn't know that the RR was such killers. Good series.
8/2/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

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Edit changed shits to shirts. Haha bad typing.
8/21/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

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rockhopper wrote:
Ok, I'll come clean. I admit to using old 100% cotton dress shirts for many expeditions in the past. They usually get torn to shreds when I go "off trail" or down in the drainage gullies with the dreaded cats claw. I am surprised there is no blood showing in this photo. Anyway, I now use the appropriate long sleeve shirts. Columbia is the current protection. Looking forward to getting back to the desert when the Sun moves South again.
Cheers




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Sure you didnt get attacked by a lion or something? smile I bought a small machete for that cats claw.
8/25/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

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My machete is more like an oversized knife. But the clippers is a great idea.
10/20/2019
Topic:
Earthquake & Mason Valley Days

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Love the film photos. Didn't you guys do oriflame up and over to cottonwood a ways back?
10/21/2019
Topic:
Earthquake & Mason Valley Days

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Ok I remember that post!
tommy750 wrote:
Britain wrote:
Love the film photos. Didn't you guys do oriflame up and over to cottonwood a ways back?


Gary and I did the Oriflame Cottonwood trip. Wish we would have had more time out in Cottonwood especially since there was lots of water.

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1279-oriflame-to-cottonwood-canyon--day-bp.aspx
10/24/2019
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

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Rocker guards are needed here.
11/24/2019
Topic:
Texas trip

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Been to Texas this year about 6 times doing consulting work. One of the owners is a mega-rich guy whose son Trey I was working with. They have a 50K acre wildlife reserve I wanted to pack. So on a return trip to Texas in September, I took the camera equipment for doing some backpacking. The previous trips couldn't do much because of the broken ankle. Got to try out the lightweight rail rider pants.

Trey told me I should get some rattlesnake boots but after looking at them I wouldn't get far very far so I bought some rattlesnake guards cheap backpack hiking boots and trek poles. The day I went it was in the 100s with high humidity. They gave me a mobile ham radio because of no cell signal.

Antelope moved off fast when I came on them.
Elk was not so afraid, I was told not to get too close because the mating season was close.
The area was sort of flat with gently rolling hills. Plenty of hollows with trees and creeks to cool off in. Got in 12 miles with a minor case of heatstroke. No poison oak or ivy clashes.
The following week I did some of the Georgetown Goodwater trails. But was toasted from the week before.
The trail is 28 miles. Really not my kind of hiking. Too many signs telling you to stay on the trail, don't do this or that.
Passed the 25-mile marker. Don't know where it starts from. The area I was in really didnt have any open spaces and what there was were paid to get in.

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12/4/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Day after Thanksgiving wife and I went out to the creek. My goal was to follow the ridgeline on the south side then drop down head across to the stage station ruins and then up the hill just north where the square ground item is. Probably wasn't a great idea to do this after a winter storm. But fun nevertheless.
Wife getting the first of 6 mylars. We probably could have ended up with around 12 of them.

Some pictures of the creek area from the ridgeline.


Wife never gives up a Geo Marker. So as we passed Leckie she had to go up and get it.


We will go a bit east then cross over the station. Well, that was the plan. About 3/4 of a mile we hit the wash area a 6 foot drop into a mess of
Tamarisk. I didnt have any cutting tools so we headed east a bit and gave up crossing.


Turned around and west along the creek until we found an area to cross. Some of the tamarisk came back with revenge and some didn't. But we found the raging carrizo creek at flood stage. Crossed it found the jeep trail. Late in the day so we headed back to the jeep we parked in canyon sin nombre. The jeep trail soon was underwater. Most of the mud was about 2 inches deep some much deeper. Both sides of the trail clogged with either tamarisk or catsclaw. We crossed back over the jeep trail headed south. Found a loan pair of boot tracks headed east. Ended up at the corner of the ridge just north of Leckie and proceded west along the bottom of it. That was clogged in areas now with catsclaw so at time we were back in the swampbog.


On the way out snapped a picture of Granite off in the distance. It was a fun hike. Got in over 6 miles and the mended ankle did well. Ready for more.
12/4/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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rockhopper wrote:
Glad you getting out there and your ankle is getting stronger. Looking at those photos ,I am imaging the thousands and thousands of travelers which for thousands of years took that same route from the Colorado river toward the coast and points beyond. More recently ( past 400 years or so ) Settlers, immigrants and dreamers followed the same trails from Fort Yuma toward San Francisco and other destinations to the North, South and West. Great Granite peak photo too!
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Someone told me near the station theres a grave of Frank Fox. Need to read up on him. Had 25 lbs in the pack felt good. Yes its good to get out!
12/4/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Rocko1 wrote:
Great pictures. Granite looks fantastic with snow!


Seemed like everything had snow on it.

Whale Peak

Looking over at the entrance to Indian Gorge
12/5/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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deborah wrote:
Great pictures! It sounds like it took some work to get around the mud and vegetation in places. On the ridge it looks nice and open. Thanks for sharing.


Well, there was an opening on the west side I'm sure if time allowed Id find one on the east side. Its a low impact hiking area so I plan a couple more trips through the area. The daughter wants to take up hiking so it will be a good start for her.
12/6/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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Rocko1 wrote:
What camera/lens did you use?


Haha I pack an assorted of lenses. The camera is a Canon 7D2. I have a quick release system mounted on the pack shoulder strap so I can get to it quickly and it keeps it from dangling. The lenses I use are 18-135mm 10-18mm,, 100mm macro and 100-400mm.. Most of these were with the 18-135mm. Weight of the lenses comes in at about 10lbs.
12/7/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Britain. Was out there five years ago (how time flies) in the midst of the tamarisk abatement ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/AnzaBorrego/Forum/topic948-carrizo-badlands.aspx ). Looks like Leckie gained a few rocks and a soda can since I was there. So how much water did you see in Carrizo at "flood stage?"

I remember your trip I think Thanksgiving? If we got an earlier start I would have found a place east to cross. I would guess how deep the flood stage would be how washed out it was in that area. Mud was only about 2 inches deep though some area per trek pole was much deeper. Ill go back later but with an earlier start.
12/7/2019
Topic:
Lower Carrizo Creek

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tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip Britain. Was out there five years ago (how time flies) in the midst of the tamarisk abatement ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/AnzaBorrego/Forum/topic948-carrizo-badlands.aspx ). Looks like Leckie gained a few rocks and a soda can since I was there. So how much water did you see in Carrizo at "flood stage?"


On another note, I notice your Leckie marker was above ground ours was at ground level.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Daughter Shows interest in some hiking

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Got here some boots and jeep driving in. Here clutch works needs improvement. But by the end of the day she could drive it but not in the rocks.

I took her on some bunny rabbit trails and one narrow canyon where I had to get her out of. Did a short mile hike to some Indian circles to test the boots. She said they were fine. Probably pack her out on some low impact trails to start perhaps Indian Hill to Powder house.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Yup dont like hiking in the rain. But the day after is perfect! Winter rains in the desert are usually more on the mild side.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

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Awesome! If that's the hill up the blocked off road north of Montero Palms been up there a while back.. Crossed over to Puff and down.if not cool hike!
12/9/2019
Topic:
Sheep, Coyote & Rabbit

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Nice captures!
12/12/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

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Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.
12/12/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

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Rocko1 wrote:
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Nice! Found a firefighter burned handheld radio up near the ridgeline a while back. The Redmans mines are always fun to explore. Theres a Geocache next to the V shaped rock formation near the ridgeline also. That hike is a tough one for me.



Interesting. There are quite a few decent camp spots as you move up the ridge. Would be a good 2 day hike as well. It would be nice to see the sunrise from that ridge.



I did my hike when I was 61. I got to the ridgeline and at the base of the rocky final and ran out of steam. I should have just finished it.

This is a photo about 1/4 mile past the old bed.



Gus is buried in the Julian cemetery.
Geo next to this formation at the bottom

Its a fun place would be good for a 2 dayer
12/12/2019
Topic:
Super steep or steep

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Some discussion on climbing Granite mountain. So we have going up, long and steep or really really steep but short. Whats the easiest way up?
12/15/2019
Topic:
PCT South from Scissors Crossing

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I've pieced that trail from the border to Scissors. A nice hike you did. Also sport an Osprey backpack
12/17/2019
Topic:
Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon Trestle, then North

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Awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing.
12/18/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

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rockhopper wrote:
Looking more and more like Baja California. Makes sense since the Deserts globally have moved North about 100 miles in the past 100 years.

BTW did we determine what Mr Redmond was mining?


Yes gold. Gus Redman worked the mine sold it and bought it back. I believe his wife's brother found the first gold at Chariot.

Only picture of Redman I could uncover.

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12/24/2019
Topic:
Rain and more sheep

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Nice sheep shots!
12/26/2019
Topic:
Plane Wrecks

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Cool find.
12/28/2019
Topic:
Plane Wrecks

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My dad used to fly a version of that plane. Vid of him putzing about over San Diego Bay.
https://youtu.be/B5HbHBeOUFA
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12/28/2019
Topic:
Piepkorn slot

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The Memorial is now gone.
12/29/2019
Topic:
Piepkorn slot

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Interesting 2 weeks ago took my daughter to it it was gone except for a bunch of boulders tossed on the rock where it was. Need to go back and check again. Perhaps it was buried?
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12/29/2019
Topic:
Piepkorn slot

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Must have been standing right next to it. Video clipping the daughter driving the jeep through the canyon. We looked for it.
Wait for your report.
1/1/2020
Topic:
Snow and more sheep

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Wow, some great captures in this thread!
1/2/2020
Topic:
Indian Signs Along Carrizo Wash

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Rocko1 wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Deborah/surfponto/Buford: There's definitely interesting stories and trips in this area in Desert Magazine that would be fun to reprise. The Hank Brandt lost mine saga is kinda interesting and someone has previously alluded to it a few years back in the comments (now blurred out by Photobucket's subscription for third party hosting demands): http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic721-west-mesa.aspx. Does anyone know if Desert Magazine is still being hosted somewhere online? Daren posted a link in 2011 but it doesn't work now. I happened to buy a CD years ago with all the issues for $5.



Did you see this post?
http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/california/80018-hanks-mine-found.html

Here is Magazine
https://archive.org/details/Desert-Magazine-1966-07/page/n7 You can download PDF on lower right side of that page.

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John he likes to find stuff. He teamed up with Scott Walker on America Unearthed to look for the lost Viking ship..Aired last year.
1/6/2020
Topic:
Indian Signs Along Carrizo Wash

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tommy750 wrote:
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Did you see this post?
http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/california/80018-hanks-mine-found.html

Here is Magazine
https://archive.org/details/Desert-Magazine-1966-07/page/n7 You can download PDF on lower right side of that page.



Yeah, I've seen both of those article and the original Desert Magazine story from 1964. Have played around on GE a bit trying to verify anything about the their accounts. The 1966 authors appear to have "discovered" Hank's Lost Mine, a manganese not gold mine in SW Fish Creek Mountains (in the CIA) and described in the publications on mineral resources of the Fish Creek Mts here: https://pubs.usgs.gov/bul/1711c/report.pdf There is a trail ascending to the mine from Carrizo Wash easily visible on GE but it's only .7 miles to Hanks mine with multiple other mines nearby including the Bonanza Queen copper mine, It's not the 2+ mile hike the authors indicate. Not sure how hobbled Hank Brandt would have been able to dig a 30 ft shaft by himself, either.

Regarding the other author, I've been to the flat in his image three (not by his route) but didn't go around the corner to investigate the spot he shows in his fourth pic. It doesn't look like mine tailing on GE however. It's definitely not in the CIA and nowhere near Hank' Lost manganese Mine. Did notice a mention of a trail from the Fish Creek Mts to Split Mt and was actually already planning to try and find that tomorrow.

Great stories and a lot of fun trying to parse their meaning!

Sorry, it's Rocko1 I'm quoting above.
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Lots of people going up there in the following weeks to look. All ready poked around years ago.
1/12/2020
Topic:
Valley of the Moon to East Davies Valley

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Get those picture up David!. That was an awesome trip you did!
1/12/2020
Topic:
Old Maps

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davidwyby wrote:
I once found a site that where one could change the year look back at old maps. Britain?


Theres some old Platt maps but I'm not on my home computer. Not sure about the one your asking about.
1/14/2020
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

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Went out yesterday to look for it. Didnt find it.
1/19/2020
Topic:
Carrizo Creek - Gert wash

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13 miler. Started at the closed gate into the Rehab area. Ran into the Tamarisk killers. Machette, Chainsaw, Poison and flame thrower guys. They told me it can't be destroyed. A lot of Akaline salt on the ground from the rains. There are even some lakes. At the Stage ruins, I went north up to the first Mesa to find a square rock formation.

I got buzzed at by a Navy copter that circled me then headed off toward the Red Rock Canyon area.


The mesa was about a mile long and narrow. Where I came up it was a foot wide or so. I exited into the Gert wash on the north end off the narrow mesa about 2 miles south of the Gert benchmarks. Missed my planned drop off out of South Mesa by a mile or 2. I ended up in a snake winding canyon that took me to Seco Del Diablo.











Gert Wash




Marker I found haha that was next to a gully off of south mesa.

1/19/2020
Topic:
Palm Canyon Fire

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Grove burned really bad. The park prevents burning and the palm fronds were really thick. This grove may have been damaged really bad. It will come back though. Burned groves in Myers are healthy.
1/19/2020
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Palm Canyon Fire

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Some copter action vid. But its FB vid.

https://www.facebook.com/sicco.rood/videos/10104994544619613/UzpfSTI3MjIxNTg0OlZLOjI2MjkyNzI3MzM5NzQyMjg/?multi_permalinks=2629272470640921&comment_id=2629742817260553¬if_id=1579453436613987¬if_t=feedback_reaction_generic
1/19/2020
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Daughters first hike

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Well, she wanted to so I tool here on a low impact hike. Ended up 8 miles. She was introduced to Mr. Cholla and Ms. Catsclaw. They welcomed her warmly. She's been properly introduced. She did well. The next day the complaining started. Next hike will be some climbing lets see



1/20/2020
Topic:
Daughters first hike

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Rocko1 wrote:
Looks like fun. Did you hike to trestle?


Not this time. She was pretty sore the next day.
1/20/2020
Topic:
Daughters first hike

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Rocko1 wrote:
Yeah, that is a hard hike for sure. I think the hardest part of taking my kids-when they are willing-is finding one they will enjoy.


Going to get her some hill climbing soon. We'll see if she still likes hiking. Shes not an avid hiker but likes to do one every so often.
1/20/2020
Topic:
Oriflame Mountain

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Nice, great weather also.
1/20/2020
Topic:
Carrizo Creek - Gert wash

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dsefcik wrote:
Yep, the Tamarisk guys will torch them down, I remember once flying in a helicopter over Carrizo Gorge and they were torching tons of them, just burnt spot after another.



Did they tell you anything about their mission?



The group I ran into were just workers. But they did say no headway being made.

Nice copter ride.
1/20/2020
Topic:
Carrizo Creek - Gert wash

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Theres was an elderly Chinese lady hiking around in a dress and sandals. She mentioned multiple trucks of different types were going in and out through the week.
1/27/2020
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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Nice great pictures to boot. Been meaning to do some of that section.
1/30/2020
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Photography

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Wow nice captures!
2/1/2020
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome. Nice photos and write up. Thanks for sharing.
2/1/2020
Topic:
Gert Wash

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While hiking out of Gert I notice a trail going up the western wall. On the eastern wall on top of the mesa another trail seen by satellite. I didn't take a picture of the trail but reviewed the one on the western wall by satellite. I don't think there are any mines in the area so perhaps a Native American trail? It's a 6-mile oneway trip to get there. I'll hit it next week.
2/2/2020
Topic:
Gert Wash

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tommy750 wrote:
I walked on that trail ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1344-carrizo-creek-bm-lost-and-south-mesa.aspx ) and it certainly could be a native trail. Found a large cairn and rock circle on it and looks like it may continue NW on the other side of the wash through South Mesa. Could also have been an access trail to the rock square which appears to be along a chain of 7-8 squares on a NS line. Assuming the squares were some sort guidance for bombing runs but who knows.


Cool. I got the square, I'll hit That trail I a day or so. On the other side of Gert, on the mesa theres another trai that goes ne for a while. I'll see if I can get that one also.

Seen your post on the square needed. To get it.
2/3/2020
Topic:
Gert Wash

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GE just gets me into trouble. Need to know what that is. Haha
2/3/2020
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Cool find. Love that area!
2/16/2020
Topic:
Photography

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Sony camera line up has some great reviews. Your pictures back this up. If I wasn't so in debt with Canon lenses I would probably give a Sony a go. Keep up the top notch photography!
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain Overnight

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Cactus field is in a semi level area. There's a dig just before it. Nothing but up afterwards. Nice pics!
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20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain Overnight

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The burned area from a fire a while back found a radio from the firefighters. It was toasted.




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