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13 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Florian
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I placed a few geocaches in the AB before they were banned. I agree with the current ban.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
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Here's the one that's near the crest line of Granite mountain. Biggo ammo box.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
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Heres the last entry in the one I took out. But I may take the plastic lizard for memories...
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
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dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
Umm theres one on top of Red Hill off of S2. I found it a couple years back. Its an easy hike, I may go back and see if its still there. I took the one out of the Powder house area. Was more mad than happy about it.


If so inclined you can return them to the rangers at the station near the VC, they will usually try to contact the owner if the info is in the cache and offer to have them come pick it up. I know where several are but they are usually ammo cans and I just don't have the room in my pack or back strength to carry them out.


Yeah my packs pretty heavy with camera glass, I wouldn't take an ammo box.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

dsefcik
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Topic: Be careful for what you wish for.
Buford wrote:
I've found a couple spiders in summit registers bolt out and make me jump.

I don't like stumbling on geocaches. I think of them as litter.

I don't mind summit registers. I don't know if the rangers see a distinction though?
Geocache and Virtual Earth caches....

December 26, 2007.
By order of the:
Superintendent
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Colorado Desert District

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Numerous geocaches have been placed within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park without authorization. No consideration was given to resource sensitivity in the placement of any of these geocaches, and many have been discovered in very sensitive locales. Caches have been removed from archeological sites, paleontological areas, bighorn sheep watering sites and in sensitive caves.

All physical geocaches placed within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park must be removed. If the cache owner does not take responsibility for removing his/her own cache, it will be removed for them and it will not be returned.

As of this date, December 21, 2007, placement of new physical caches will be prohibited in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Virtual Earth Caches will be considered on a case by case basis and must be approved before being

published on the Geocaching.com website.

Contact information for Earth cache approval:

Mark C. Jorgensen
Superintendent

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
200 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
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Buford wrote:
I've found a couple spiders in summit registers bolt out and make me jump.

I don't like stumbling on geocaches. I think of them as litter.

I don't mind summit registers. I don't know if the rangers see a distinction though?



Interesting topic. Signed a few summits.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Buford
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I've found a couple spiders in summit registers bolt out and make me jump.

I don't like stumbling on geocaches. I think of them as litter.

I don't mind summit registers. I don't know if the rangers see a distinction though?
14 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
Britain
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I'll keep it in the Jeep, Usually catch up with a ranger or 2. Don is the ranger for this area I bump into once in a while.
15 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

dsefcik
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Topic: Be careful for what you wish for.
Britain wrote:
Umm theres one on top of Red Hill off of S2. I found it a couple years back. Its an easy hike, I may go back and see if its still there. I took the one out of the Powder house area. Was more mad than happy about it.


If so inclined you can return them to the rangers at the station near the VC, they will usually try to contact the owner if the info is in the cache and offer to have them come pick it up. I know where several are but they are usually ammo cans and I just don't have the room in my pack or back strength to carry them out.
18 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
Britain
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dsefcik wrote:
Back when the park banned them they had all of the geocache sites remove the listings, not sure they really keep up on it anymore though...I would be surprised to see any listed in the park though.


Umm theres one on top of Red Hill off of S2. I found it a couple years back. Its an easy hike, I may go back and see if its still there. I took the one out of the Powder house area. Was more mad than happy about it.
18 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
Britain
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ziphius wrote:
I was shaking the detritus out of an old Coors can that I'd picked up from the floor of Coyote Canyon last week, but having trouble getting all the junk out, so I pushed my finger into the tab to make the opening bigger and resumed shaking. I wasn't watching the can as I shook it, but as soon as the sound of stuff inside the can stopped, this windscorpion appeared at my feet. Luckily, they don't really sting people, they just pinch. smile


Well for sure once I got my heart back into my chest, I wont be so anxious to open containers now. Put my pack back on and continued. My boot picked a cholla love ball and planted onto the back side of my other leg, woke me up. Reminded me I'm still in the desert.
19 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

ziphius
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I was shaking the detritus out of an old Coors can that I'd picked up from the floor of Coyote Canyon last week, but having trouble getting all the junk out, so I pushed my finger into the tab to make the opening bigger and resumed shaking. I wasn't watching the can as I shook it, but as soon as the sound of stuff inside the can stopped, this windscorpion appeared at my feet. Luckily, they don't really sting people, they just pinch. smile
22 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

dsefcik
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Topic: Be careful for what you wish for.
Back when the park banned them they had all of the geocache sites remove the listings, not sure they really keep up on it anymore though...I would be surprised to see any listed in the park though.
23 hours ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
Britain
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Seems like the Geocache website this is from, Team Gecko, has those things all over the park. This one is not listed. There was card inside.
1 days ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Be careful for what you wish for.
wow, I didn't think geocaches were that old...wink

geocaches were banned in ABDSP back in 2007 I believe it was, rangers will remove all geocaches found...just FYI for those that didn't know.
1 days ago
Topic:
Be careful for what you wish for.

Britain
Britain
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So I'm out following the R&R service roads east of the powder house. There's this large granite area full of caves and neat stuff. So I find this cave that has this frame of some long ago brief case.

Perhaps this was some payroll case? Imagination running here. So I look around and see this in a hole on the wall of the cave.

So I reach in nervously and pull this canister out. What treasures await me? There is something in it, its rattling around.

It looks old and the lid is really rusty and has a hole in it. Some R&R worker hiding his goods? I cant manually open it. So I get my knife out. Here a pry there a pry the lid is opening. I put the knife down and use my hand to open it. As soon as the lid pops open ...something jumps out and lands on my face. I start swatting it, it moves to inside my hat. I fall back off the rock out cropping. Rip off my hat and it jumps to the ground...a lizard. Whew I climb back up to look at my findings....a geocache.....
2 days ago
Topic:
Strange things you find in the desert.

DesertWRX
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Pretty nice job!
2 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

Borregolinda
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Lived here for almost 13 years and the most people we've ever seen. However it's great for the town businesses to help survive the summer. This is a once in many year's happening and it will calm down soon! Still wouldn't live anywhere else!
2 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

Britain
Britain
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Britain
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Topic: My Ride
surfponto wrote:
Very nice.
What type of suspension?
Front coil overs look bad ass.....Toast



Rubicon 4.5 long arm. Its a bit high for my taste. Was going to put on 37's but for the best stopped putting money into it. Has dana 60 highs front and back both axes are locked.
3 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

ziphius
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Nice Crotalus ruber!
3 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

Britain
Britain
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Caught this one getting a little pissed off with me. Should be a good season for these.
3 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
Britain
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dsefcik wrote:
Great photos..I really like them, thanks for posting. I was in that exact same spot near table mtn a couple weeks ago, was gonna go down to the spring but stopped near where that photo is taken and hiked around a bit. That was the weekend of the mass crowds in ABDSP, I didn't see a single sole that whole day out there though.

I like hiking the area thats north of that. The trail dead ends into some kind of nature preserve. Its in the North east corner of Table. In 2005 my wife lost her cell phone while we were on a hike. A few years later I went in to back track the track to find the cell and lost the GPS. ( Belt clip came off)

Two years ago we went back in and found the cell back tracking the tracks. Will probably go back in the next couple weeks and snoop around for the GPS.
3 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

dsefcik
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Topic: Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.
Nice photography, love the wildlife shots.
4 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

dsefcik
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Topic: Old Desert photography locations
Great photos..I really like them, thanks for posting. I was in that exact same spot near table mtn a couple weeks ago, was gonna go down to the spring but stopped near where that photo is taken and hiked around a bit. That was the weekend of the mass crowds in ABDSP, I didn't see a single sole that whole day out there though.
5 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon trip

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Goat Canyon trip
Couple weeks ago we passed a lot of people with flip-flops. While up at the newer powder house looking down there was lots of people hiking. Some look like they were in agony and not very prepared. Going down the tracks is a fairly easy trip.
7 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon trip

railexplorer
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Topic: Goat Canyon trip
ziphius wrote:
Nice, too bad about the crowds.


The crowds were a bit surprising. Some of the people were not equipped for the hike. One guy was wearing flip flops. A couple of others weren't really sure where they started their hike from and thought about heading back a different way. There was a dad out with his two children and a dog. He sent the kids and the dog through tunnel 16 and over the rockfall while he walked around on the old construction trail.

It felt like rookie hiker day on the trail.
7 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

tekewin
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Awesome photos! I could not drag the family out the last couple of weekends. I will be bummed if I miss this year.
7 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

tekewin
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Crazy number of people. I am sure the multiple newspaper articles got more than a few people out.
7 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon trip

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Goat Canyon trip
Nice, too bad about the crowds.
8 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon trip

surfponto
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surfponto
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Topic: Goat Canyon trip
Awesome. Always fun reading about Goat Canyon.
Thanks for sharing
8 days ago
Topic:
The "New" McCain Valley

tommy750
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ziphius wrote:
Looks like fun Tommy. Too bad about 'progress'. Were the tadpoles part of a natural or 'improved' watering area?


The pond appeared to have been created when a small stream's drainage culvert under Canebrake Rd plugged with debris. Still had good flow as did a couple other streams which was really nice to see. Going to be the second plague redux in a few weeks smile
8 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

railexplorer
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Great photos. I had to laugh to see your jeep vs. their old cars.
8 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon trip

railexplorer
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Topic: Goat Canyon trip
We headed out to the Goat Canyon Trestle last week. 3 of us rode in from De Anza Resort. We had originally planned to come in from Dos Cabezas but came in from the south because my son had not been through that part of the gorge. It had been 2 years since we had been in the gorge and a lot has changed. The most noticeable things were all of the rockfalls along the route and the graffiti.

One thing we did on this trip was spend some time at a few of the old work camp sites. My son, who loves history and anything old, had a great time looking at the camp sites and wondering what life was like and what was at the different sites. We had planned to go in search of a couple of sites, but due to the large number of people in the gorge (There were so many and more than a couple not prepared that we thought about starting a refreshment stand business out at the Trestle) we decided not to go off in search of work sites and have other people follow us. Our next trip out to the gorge will be focused on work camps and some work trails.

There was a pretty good wildflower bloom in progress and the cactus looked like they'll be in bloom any day now. There was lots of water flowing in the bottom of the gorge. You could here it flowing over small waterfalls and in the late afternoon there was more than one location where you could hear a lot of frogs croaking.

All in all a great trip.

Below are a few photos from the day.

Spring Bloom in Carrizo Gorge by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Bloom on tracks by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Cactus Bloom by Rail explorer, on Flickr

SDA&E Construction site by Rail explorer, on Flickr


The one major rockfall is at the North portal of tunnel 16, which is the tunnel on the north side of the Goat Canyon Trestle. If you go explore the fall beware that the rock above the fall has several large cracks in it, so there's more that's going to come down.

Inside Tunnel 16 by Rail explorer, on Flickr
8 days ago
Topic:
The "New" McCain Valley

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: The "New" McCain Valley
Looks like fun Tommy. Too bad about 'progress'. Were the tadpoles part of a natural or 'improved' watering area?
8 days ago
Topic:
The "New" McCain Valley

rockhopper
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Nice trip Tommy. Thanks for posting. Some neat finds there.
8 days ago
Topic:
Desert Hot Springs

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Desert Hot Springs
My Wife has been dropping the hint to do some hot springs soaking, so no real heavy duty hiking this trip. My Wife stays home for that. hehe. Just did some local wanderings at the head of the Coachella valley. Out side ABDSP a bit but still saw some neat stuff.

Snow level looks around 8000 feet on north faces of San Jacinto and Torro peak as of last week, so have to wait a little longer to head up to summits.

Saw some baby humming birds ready for "lift off"

Wild Flowers still going

Map of the hot water aquifer below Desert Hot springs.

Ok, now I am rejuvenated. Ready for some more real hiking. :-)
Cheers
Rockhopper
edited by rockhopper on 3/20/2017
edited by rockhopper on 3/20/2017
8 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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Talk about mules. Here's some guys with a mule. I understand from a story they sold the mule somewhere around Superstition mountain.

Here's the location. Its Table mountain.

And the overlay. I'm a bit out of position on the shot.
9 days ago
Topic:
The "New" McCain Valley

surfponto
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surfponto
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Topic: The "New" McCain Valley
Great trip but really sorry to see that project ramping up. :-(
edited by surfponto on 3/20/2017
9 days ago
Topic:
The "New" McCain Valley

tommy750
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Decided to head out to McCain Valley yesterday since the desert floor was a little toasty for an overnighter. Was I in for a surprise! I knew Tule Wind was coming but wasn't expecting a tsunami. Sunrise Powerlink was one thing but this project is orders of magnitude more disruptive to the wilderness. 50 ft access road? That's the same as four lanes of I-5. Looks like a number of turbines will be sitting on the road with essentially zero setback. With a west wind, those blades will be slicing overhead every time you pass by.

McCain Valley by tomteske, on Flickr

Trucks by tomteske, on Flickr

Clearing by tomteske, on Flickr

Turbine Foundation by tomteske, on Flickr

50 ft Swath by tomteske, on Flickr

Cottonwood by tomteske, on Flickr

After paying my parking fee at Cottonwood, I headed north. You can still pretty much escape in Northern McCain Valley at least for now.

The view toward the Jacumba Mts

Toward Jacumba by tomteske, on Flickr

Balancing Act

Balance by tomteske, on Flickr

Obligatory lighted tent shot

Campsite by tomteske, on Flickr

Did a little exploring this morning. Nice rock shelter with a small metate sitting on a rock and possibly a prayer stick.

Rockshelter 300M North by tomteske, on Flickr

A nearby broken metate

Broken Metate 40M NE by tomteske, on Flickr

Faded pictograph panel

C-636 Pictos_yrd by tomteske, on Flickr

These almost look like orchids

Desert Orchids by tomteske, on Flickr

Definitely flowing water out there for the first time in years. Lots of tadpoles in this pond

Tadpoles by tomteske, on Flickr

Enjoy. Tom
9 days ago
Topic:
The Superstition Mountains

Britain
Britain
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Sure 47 ft is possible but the author has the ship in the dunes which is about 150 ft. Not possible. When Anza came through the area wasn't flooded. Given this I would guess that the rise in the water was contributed to sediment build up south of Mexicali. This was probably washed out in another river flooding. Mini black sea episode.
edited by Britain on 3/19/2017
9 days ago
Topic:
The Superstition Mountains

rockhopper
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Around 1600, during the last full fill of ancient Lake Cahuilla the "spill over" elevation into the Gulf of California was about 47 feet above sea level which matches the "bath tub" ring exposed around the Coachella and Imperial valleys. It was possible to sail upstream into the Salton sink, Lake Cahuilla during a Colorado river flood stage which could last for months. The now lower elevation of 35 feet above sea level is a result of the classic "pull apart" basin geology going on as we write.
9 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

rockhopper
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Is that bus driver wearing a tie? Oh my what a place to be in a jamb. I think I would have chosen a mule for that journey back then.
9 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: My Ride
That second photo reminds me why I park my truck and walk. yikes! Hope every one walked away ok.
10 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

surfponto
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Topic: Old Desert photography locations
Very impressed that you can line up these shots and make out the landscape
Can't believe they took that "bus" out through that.

Britain wrote:
Here's a bus. The wheel broke off.

Here's the same place. My friend is guiding his wife up out of the hole. This location is under the first bridge coming out of the desert on hwy 8

No overlay, I'm out of position on the shot.
10 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

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Very nice.
What type of suspension?
Front coil overs look bad ass.....Toast
10 days ago
Topic:
The Superstition Mountains

Britain
Britain
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As an Engineer. That location cannot be. Using a Topo map , there is a valley that runs from the Gulf up through Mexicali and to the Salton sea, The highest elevation is about 35 ft above sea level. Any water above this would run out to the gulf. The area around Superstition is 150 + ft above elevation. The ship would need to be in a location that could hold water.
10 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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Here's a bus. The wheel broke off.

Here's the same place. My friend is guiding his wife up out of the hole. This location is under the first bridge coming out of the desert on hwy 8

No overlay, I'm out of position on the shot.
10 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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Locals used to use the canyon to come back from hunting at table mountain. After the storm it was no longer passable. Great article!.
edited by Britain on 3/18/2017
10 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

Britain
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Yes Pinyon, a weekend warrior. The rest at the top turned around.
11 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

tommy750
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Tropical Storm Kathleen messed up Myers/Boulder Creek back in 1976. Here's a link to the one book documenting what happened: https://www.scribd.com/doc/9354989/Tropical-Storm-Kathleen
Great posting. Love the pics. Tom
11 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

tommy750
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Yikes! Pinyon drop off??
11 days ago
Topic:
My Ride

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: My Ride
So I started out with this. Kept getting stuck.

So lets change it. Add D60's front and rear lockers bla bla bla. Now I'm un-sticking others.

Ok these changes were bad. Bring in the rocks and associated damage. Took out the doors, fenders and other stuff.
Me in front of my worn wheels.

So now it drives like a whale on the streets. But pretty good off road. Well back to hiking its a bit safer
on the wallet.
11 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

rockhopper
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Outstanding photography. Memo to self. Get a better camera.
11 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

rockhopper
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I really like the old photos. The overlays are interesting. Thanks for sharing.
12 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

Britain
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Owls are cool. I have a canal where there's at least 6 families of those owls. They are posers. But lots of other fowl flying about.
12 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

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Very cool.Keep posting ;-)
12 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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In the late 1970's a hurricane came through, the canyon got washed out. I have photos of a bus from around 1910, the same area has dropped 10 ft.
The 1980 BLM maps show the trail straight through the canyon. 1990 the BLM maps show the trail at Mountain springs ending, then at the bottom in the desert picking up again. Some regulations changed how trails were maintained on maps. Trail is open by permit for wheelers. But during my exploration of the canyon in 2000 I found a lot of explosives. When the BLM open the trail by permit I had to inform them that they best get rid of the explosives first. The detonators from the numbers on them dated to 1880-1890 a German trigger. The stuff under it I didn't have the nuts to dig into,
Bada Boom!

edited by Britain on 3/16/2017
12 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

ziphius
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Wow, the amount of 'new' rock debris in the 'ladies' photo is impressive.
13 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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One more.

Ladies looking around Devils Canyon

The ladies


The location

The overlay
13 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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In the late 1800's some folk thought that could be oil in the Yuha desert. With oyster shell bed there must be some. Right?

Here's the oil well.


Here's the location


Here's the overlay


edited by Britain on 3/15/2017
13 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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About 1/2 mile out of the entrance of the bottom section of Devils.
13 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

ziphius
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Very cool. Forensic photography. Devil's Canyon?
13 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

ziphius
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Britain wrote:
Burrowing owls are my favorite.


Probably my favorite bird to see..... doesn't happen often enough.
13 days ago
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Old Desert photography locations

dsefcik
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I like it....I was doing something similar with carrizo gorge and the railroad camps and such.
13 days ago
Topic:
Old Desert photography locations

Britain
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One of the things I like to do is find locations of old desert photography. Ralph Stineman was an early San Diego photographer from around 1910. He enjoyed his trips to and from Imperial County. First picture is Ralph and Friends in the desert. Ralph is on the left in this picture. Picture from www.sandiegohistory.org. This picture's location took about 3 years to find. I used to carry a paper copy of the images around with me, now the ipad.





Here's the location the picture was taken from.



An overlap of the 2 pictures. I think I'll join these ghosts for a ride.

13 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

Britain
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Thanks. There's more flying wild life around the canals of Imperial county then in the desert. Burrowing owls are my favorite.
14 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

Florian
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I came down Monday. Busier then normal around Borrego Springs but not unbearable. Spent Mon night in southern part of park. Much quieter in the south. Back in BS today (Tues) using library's wifi. Planning to camp somewhere out near Arroyo Salado tonight. Conditions are beautiful!
edited by Florian on 3/14/2017
15 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

ziphius
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Nice Buford. Yep, some alternate roads around there to avoid the crowds. smile
15 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

ziphius
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Nice! Don't see those 2 species in the same frame too often!
15 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

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Like it. Nice pics
16 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

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Great pictures!!
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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Very nice pictures. Great you were able to avoid the crowds.
I came back thru Ramona on Saturday after working on my car . Complete disaster.
16 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

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Usually it is the crows pestering the hawks...cool photos...
16 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

Buford
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Very cool. Thanks for posting those!
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

Buford
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I was out today. We had the trip planned for months on this date. We avoided the crowds very successfully until the drive home. We were at Dudley's at 8:00 am. I have been at Dudley's at 8:00 am many times this season heading out for camping and peak bagging trips and never seen anyone else there. There was line of people getting pastries and bread already.

Hellhole parking lot was jammed. Ranger Steve and a partner were directing traffic at the base of Montezuma Grade, not letting anyone turn towards the visitor center at ~8:45 am. People were parked solid all the way from Montezuma Grade to Christmas Tree Circle already and walking back towards the visitor center. We breezed through. Traffic was not bad yet.

We got out of Borrego Springs immediately and never came back. We pulled out a stuck truck at one of the statues. Amateur hour in full effect. Immediately headed up a less well known road that is still passenger car friendly. Full of flowers and few people. Hiked around in relative solitude with our group. Headed to the Badlands for lunch and different types of flowers. Not too many people either.

Scoped out the route to 6582 after lunch. Really nice flowers in the area with no one around.

If you know your way around it was easy enough to go from place to place without going through town and Christmas Tree Circle.

I have never seen that many people in Borrego in 30 +years. Last two years have actually had really good flowers but not hyped enough I guess. Exactly one year ago the Hellhole parking lot was empty enough to do donuts during peak flower season on Sunday. I guess this is the first hyped bloom in the social media age?

Drove up Grapevine Canyon from Yaqui Well into Ranchita. S2 North was at a complete standstill from Montezuma grade until it ends at the 79. Probably spent an hour in traffic on that couple mile stretch of road. The only time crowds and traffic really impacted us all day. Ramona was also a disaster.

I was in the Southern end of the park a couple weeks ago and things were just starting to bloom. Probably a good alternative to the Borrego Springs area.

S*** Show and Cluster **** describe it very well.

A couple cell phone snapshots:








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16 days ago
Topic:
Red Tail and Kestrel going at it.

Britain
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Red tail and a Kestrel going at it. Happen have the 100-400 mounted. The Kestrel stayed on the Hawk for a while.




16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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My thoughts also ;-)

dsefcik wrote:
surfponto wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEh1i-oCn0Q
Flowergeddon
Jorgy is egging on the crowds....
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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surfponto wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEh1i-oCn0Q
Flowergeddon
Jorgy is egging on the crowds....
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEh1i-oCn0Q
Flowergeddon
edited by surfponto on 3/12/2017
16 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

dsefcik
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Along the 8 freeway driving thru Alpine....lots of fields of pretty yellow & orange flowers along the roadside and adjacent hills.
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

rockhopper
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That's what the Borrego Springs developers were hoping for back in the 1950's. hehe
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16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

ziphius
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Wow, for the 1st time ever, I'm glad I'm at the coast! smile
16 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

Britain
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Heard the same big time weekend traffic.
17 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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Guessing Monday will be much better.
We are going out next Sunday but will stick to the southern area.

Driving thru Mojave tomorrow on my way to Vegas so I am guessing it should be blooming out there.

Florian wrote:
Wow! Never seen traffic like that in BS. I'm heading down tomorrow (Monday) for a couple days. I'm hoping the weekdays aren't quite as crazy.
17 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

Florian
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Wow! Never seen traffic like that in BS. I'm heading down tomorrow (Monday) for a couple days. I'm hoping the weekdays aren't quite as crazy.
17 days ago
Topic:
Anza Borrego Super Bloom crowds

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I heard the crowds around Borrego Springs were ridiculous this weekend.
Anyone get stuck in the mayem?
Funny I usually go to Anza Borrego to escape the coastal crowds upset




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17 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

Britain
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Micro blooms. Taken with a 100mm macro in a coarse sand stream bed.
17 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

Britain
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There's lots of flowers but in the southwestern section of Borrego no super bloom. We currently have a heat wave which is to go on through mid next week. This will burn off some of the ground cover shortly.

17 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

tekewin
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Nice!
18 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

surfponto
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We had good luck around Indian Gorge/Valley
I agree some of the more hidden washes would be worth checking out.




Anza Borrego Desert Wildflower Scouting Trip


rockhopper wrote:
This was almost 2 weeks ago. Every thing is growing! I would head to the washes or just drive around.


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19 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

rockhopper
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This was almost 2 weeks ago. Every thing is growing! I would head to the washes or just drive around.


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edited by rockhopper on 3/10/2017
19 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

tekewin
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dsefcik wrote:
Henderson Cyn is always spectacular but crowded....anywhere that has big open sandy washes will be blooming.



Thanks!
20 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

dsefcik
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Henderson Cyn is always spectacular but crowded....anywhere that has big open sandy washes will be blooming.
20 days ago
Topic:
To the top of El Cajon Mountain aka "The Beast"

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Very cool !!Toast

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Back in February, I met up with the parks department and a videographer who did a story / video on my quest to hike this 100 times (and then some). They did a nice job on it.
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain And the Redman Mines

Britain
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In 2014 on the way down. Hiking down the ridge I came up I found a fireman's radio. Some time earlier this ridge burned up. There's a fire trail near the top that goes down for about 1/4 mile. I sat down on a rock to rest and spotted it. Radio is really toast. I guess hiking got me out of the Jeep. You certainly will find things other wont!
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain And the Redman Mines

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rockhopper wrote:
Thanks for posting. I really like whole Chariot canyon area. A great trip is going from Banner south al the way down to S2 via Rodriguez canyon. The mining history, the trails is just fantastic. The PCT. There is a neat Tourmaline out crop I used to visit. Gold panned the area in my past life time. Just small amounts of Gold dust. Too much work! Those old timers we tough! They named it Banner when surveyors mapping saw a Flag waving at the bottom of the grade. Don't worry about Granite Peak. You'll make it. It took me three times also. The first two times it was snowing. The next week after the storm was a perfect day and took off work and bagged it. BTW the normal climbers route is from the East side.
Regards



Normal? haha I'm not. I'm really sore today. I'll need to get some steep stuff in and try again. Took me 3 times to do Jacumba from Montero. I think Granite is more taxing on the legs. Love to hear my breath..er gasping.
20 days ago
Topic:
Best places for viewing?

tekewin
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Anza-Borrego made national news for the superbloom.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2017/03/08/this-park-in-the-desert-southwest-is-experiencing-a-wildflower-superbloom/

What areas do you guys/gals think are the best viewing spots?
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain And the Redman Mines

ziphius
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Thanks for posting, that is a great area rich with history! I'm looking forward to climbing that thing soon.
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain And the Redman Mines

rockhopper
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Thanks for posting. I really like whole Chariot canyon area. A great trip is going from Banner south al the way down to S2 via Rodriguez canyon. The mining history, the trails is just fantastic. The PCT. There is a neat Tourmaline out crop I used to visit. Gold panned the area in my past life time. Just small amounts of Gold dust. Too much work! Those old timers we tough! They named it Banner when surveyors mapping saw a Flag waving at the bottom of the grade. Don't worry about Granite Peak. You'll make it. It took me three times also. The first two times it was snowing. The next week after the storm was a perfect day and took off work and bagged it. BTW the normal climbers route is from the East side.
Regards
20 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain And the Redman Mines

Britain
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Went up Granite yesterday, for the 3rd failed attempt to peak it. Got to the final base of the summit on the ridge line. Perhaps next time. I'm 63 perhaps leave this for the younger folk.

Always interested when passing through the G Redman mines along the way up. Gus Redmans brother Louie
Redman was an Assayer out of Julian. Louie found the first quartz gold mine in Chariot valley, this is the valley at Banner. The Redmans owed most of Banner.

Gus Redman riding a coach. That trail up Granite took some hard work. Picture SD historical.


Here's his marker at the Redman mines.



And his Final resting place the Julian cemetery .



I find looking into history fun!




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