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14 days ago
Topic:
Indian roasting pits and Yoni's

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Admin, please delete this thread, it is redundant.
14 days ago
Topic:
Indian roasting pits and Yoni's

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Toward the end of this thread there's a discussion of my take on yonis: http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1183-jacumba-and-table-mountain-exploration.aspx
At the time, I hadn't read Heather Thomsen's thesis but she joined the discussion (outnabout) and forwarded me a copy as promised. Yonis in Anza Borrego is an appealing concept just lacking evidence IMHO
14 days ago
Topic:
Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.

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rockhopper wrote:
According to Marshal South's book. Marshal and his family were using roasting pits in the 1940's in and around Ghost mountain. He went on to say that the roasted Agave hearts were very tasty. Wonder how old your find was?


I found that roasting pit getting off of Moan. About 100 ft down on the west side I came across a trail running horizontally. The north end going up south going down. Downward took me straight into the roasting pit. I would guess because most of it is on the surface, erosion would remove them in short time. That one was being used over and over. They dumped the old ash about 10 ft away. I didn't follow or look into the trail, it wasn't going in the direction I wanted. I should have spent a little time looking into it. Perhaps in the future, I might. It's really steep, slippery and full of cactus.
15 days ago
Topic:
Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.

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According to Marshal South's book. Marshal and his family were using roasting pits in the 1940's in and around Ghost mountain. He went on to say that the roasted Agave hearts were very tasty. Wonder how old your find was?
19 days ago
Topic:
Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.

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dsefcik wrote:
Nice roasting pit...amazing how many there are out there...


Thanks to you I've got my eye open for them.
19 days ago
Topic:
Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.

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Topic: Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.
Nice roasting pit...amazing how many there are out there...
20 days ago
Topic:
Samurai Surprise...Hit and Run

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We’ll keep an eye out for you! That was a lot of work and it’ll be worth it.
20 days ago
Topic:
Red Hill

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Topic: Red Hill
tekewin wrote:
That's a fun hill with red volcanic rocks. What a zoom you must have on your camera. I went back and looked at my photos from the summit and McCain was a fuzzy ridge. Definitely peanut butter and jealous of that camera set up. Thanks for posting.

Sometimes all the glass I tote around for the camera makes hiking a bit of a journey.
20 days ago
Topic:
Red Hill

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Topic: Red Hill
That's a fun hill with red volcanic rocks. What a zoom you must have on your camera. I went back and looked at my photos from the summit and McCain was a fuzzy ridge. Definitely peanut butter and jealous of that camera set up. Thanks for posting.
20 days ago
Topic:
Moan Benchmark and I found a roasting pit.

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Tagged the Moan Benchmark today. I came up from the Indian Hill area and went down the west side of Moan to the R&R service road and out. About 200 ft down I came across a clean trail. Think a sheep trail so I followed it down to a flat area. Here's where the roasting pit was. You could smell the ash. Found 2 roasting pits.


Roasting pit. This was a really steep area. A small flat area and the pit. The trail did not go any farther in the direction I was heading ..down.

22 days ago
Topic:
Red Hill

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Topic: Red Hill
Took in an early morning hike up to Red Hill. Took the car and parked off S2. Some helicopters flying about.




Some notes in the bottle on top.



Took 100-400mmthe and snapped some of the wind turbines over at McCain.



Another 100-400mm shot. Hey, what are all those trucks doing around my car! Some trouble a brewing?




No, its only fish and game. They were out tagging and adding the tracking devices to the big horn sheep, at least to the ones they could chase down.

22 days ago
Topic:
Heads Up for the Railroad tracks in the Gorge

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Sorry, I should've clarified that. The cables are strung across the tracks (From hand railing to hand railing). I'm not sure what that is supposed to do. They won't stop people from walking on the trestle. I would guess the cables were put up to stop people from crossing the trestle, by motorized means.
23 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon Trestle

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Topic: Goat Canyon Trestle
I thought someone posted a similar picture before...I remember trying to pan around google earth to find the same spot but no luck.....
23 days ago
Topic:
Heads Up for the Railroad tracks in the Gorge

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railexplorer wrote:
There are cables across both sides of the Goat Canyon Trestle. I'm not sure what those are supposed to do but they're up. Finally

What does that mean exactly?
Thanks for the update, have been meaning to get out there..almost went last weekend.
23 days ago
Topic:
Heads Up for the Railroad tracks in the Gorge

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With the desert season opening up I just wanted to give everyone a heads up/ update regarding the railroad. The PIR is no more. Baja Railroad has bought out the lease of the Desert Line. Whether this group actually gets the line up and running is questionable, but there are some recent changes in the gorge.

A Hi-rail truck has been spotted on the tracks between Dos Cabezas and the Goat Canyon trestle. Due to the enormous rock fall on the North end of the tunnel 16 (the tunnel on the North side of the trestle), and the numerous rockfalls and derailed cars at Dubbers there are no vehicles running on the line between Jacumba and the trestle. (It is rumored that vehicles could drive around the derailment at Dubbers, but that is opened to debate.) There are cables across both sides of the Goat Canyon Trestle. I'm not sure what those are supposed to do but they're up. Finally it is rumored that BJRR is considering closing the tunnels. The northern and southern tunnels have gates on their respective ends. Although if memory serves me correct the southern tunnel's gates are on the ground.

I have not heard of any law enforcement out in the gorge.
23 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon Trestle

cercidium
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great find! i particularly like the painters interpretation of the gorge.
23 days ago
Topic:
Goat Canyon Trestle

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Topic: Goat Canyon Trestle
I was browsing through the digital archives here at UCSD and found this old postcard depicting Carrizo Gorge and the trestle.



InscriptionCalifornia's Newest Scenic Marvel, traversed by the San Diego and Arizona Railway which also passes through the garden of Imperial Valley, that remarkable land below sea level, as fertile as the Valley of the Nile, and through that peaceful portion of scenic Mexico - Lower California, affording a novel experience not to be had on any other trans-continental journey.

edited by surfponto on 10/31/2017
24 days ago
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Daren, Tommy and the crew. I found these burial mounds east of the Santa Rosas on a trail heading down to the ancient Lake Cahuilla shoreline.
Working on posting pic with new photo hosting#%@!
I saw them with the link...interesting, they looked like they had been dug up



Daren, I am still struggling with my new hosting service as you can see. I am pretty old school so it takes awhile to figure the new photo sizing.
Anyway, here they are. Yes one of the 3 burial mounds was dug up. Why? I've only seen these in a few places around ABDSP and both times at least one was "disturbed". The first pic is the undisturbed one. These were found about halfway between the Ancient Lake Cahuilla shore line to the East and the Ancient mountain springs to the east.

Burial mound with unearthed mound behind.


This piece of pottery nearby shows an incluse and painted design. Meaning?
24 days ago
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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Topic: Memorials in the Park
rockhopper wrote:
Daren, Tommy and the crew. I found these burial mounds east of the Santa Rosas on a trail heading down to the ancient Lake Cahuilla shoreline.
Working on posting pic with new photo hosting#%@!
I saw them with the link...interesting, they looked like they had been dug up
24 days ago
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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Daren, Tommy and the crew. I found these burial mounds east of the Santa Rosas on a trail heading down to the ancient Lake Cahuilla shoreline.
Working on posting pic with new photo hosting#%@!



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27 days ago
Topic:
Samurai Surprise...Hit and Run

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Topic: Samurai Surprise...Hit and Run
Always liked Samurais
Bounced around in one on the island of Lanai back in the 90s.

Looks like a great build
29 days ago
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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Topic: Memorials in the Park
That's pretty cool!
29 days ago
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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Daren,
You found them! Wow haven't seen that view in over 20 years. I still wonder who they were and when they were all buried. It does have a nice view for a burial spot IMHO.
10/23/2017
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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Topic: Memorials in the Park
Nice find, Daren. Thanks for the update.
10/23/2017
Topic:
Memorials in the Park

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rockhopper wrote:
Hi Tommy 750,
Either hike in from Rock house Canyon or Hike down from Toro Peak. It's eaiser coming down from the mountian.
As I remember there were about 8 or more marked ( falling apart) wooden grave markers with no info. No idea of age
or who they were. But the view from the memorial ground was fantastic! I have a guess.
a) Converted Christian native Americans
b) Lumber mill workers ( seems like a lot) from the old Santa Rosa lumber mill
c) Homesteders who lived on or around the mountian
Going back has been on my list. If I can still find it! We just stumbled on it hiking down towards Toro Spring.


I don't have any better info but was able to find the location this past weekend.

Rockhopper's original film photo


My attempt to duplicate Rockhopper's photo



Close up of the single remaining cross



View of Rockhouse Valley


Thank you Rockhopper for posting this, it was of great interest to many people.

Daren
10/23/2017
Topic:
Samurai Surprise...Hit and Run

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Nice...looks like a front disc brake conversion? Seeing the garage paint setup reminded me of when we would do automotive painting in the garage, same thing, hang plastic up everywhere and we would also keep the floor mopped down with water to keep dust down and paint from sticking.

Nice work, thanks for sharing....
10/23/2017
Topic:
Samurai Surprise...Hit and Run

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Hi All,

As with everyone, busy work schedule(s) and the trials and tribulations of life in general, we haven't been out to Anza Borrego hardly at all the last few years....maybe twice. I still check the site every few days though. We do have 2 trips planned in November this year smile

Wanted to share that after just over 3 years, the Samurai has been resurrected. I purchased it salvage from the insurance company for about $200 and with the $ they gave me created a budget (complete with spreadsheet) so I would not spend my own dough....I know how these projects can quickly get away from you with upgrades and the like. Happy to say I came in just under budget.

I am not a stranger to working on cars/motorcycles, but looked at this project as more of a learning and sort of therapeutic experience....plus an excuse for some more tools. I haven't learned to weld yet and definitely am not skilled with any kind of body work, so I left the dents where they were.
Turned out OK for an Off-Road vehicle and I had fun plus learned some cool stuff.

Here is a link to a google album with A LOT of pictures. Most of them have captions, but they often randomly decide to not show up; I think you can click the info button as well.

FYI as indicated, the Brake and Lamp Inspection was very thorough, and expensive. At least most everything was new, so there were no issues other than multiple trips to the DMV...

If you see a bright red samurai out in the park, come say hi.

On to the next projectCool
10/21/2017
Topic:
My Ride

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Topic: My Ride
Did you use the hill descent feature when taking the Tacoma down it?

sddarkman619 wrote:
LOVE that hill.
here's my ride going down...
Britain let me know when you are going out, I might join you sometime. That is if you are ok with Tacomas. smile



Feel free to view in full screen.
10/20/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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Topic: McCain and Wind Turbines
tommy750 wrote:
Well Daren, didn't know you were so fascinated by lighting units! I corrected my post to say 2,000 cd so we're good smile


Think I'll get a shirt made that says "I'd rather be sitting in a Sling-Light"
10/20/2017
Topic:
Ute Rock art

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Yep, post European contact petros.
10/20/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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dsefcik wrote:
Technically I think the requirement is 32.5 candela once the obstruction reaches 200 feet but many of the lighting systems I researched had specs of 2,000 candela and some FAA docs had charts showing as much as 20,000 candela for some situations. I am no expert at all, just did some searching and learned a few new things.



Well Daren, didn't know you were so fascinated by lighting units! I corrected my post to say 2,000 cd so we're good smile
10/19/2017
Topic:
Ute Rock art

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This was posted on a Rock art forum. I thought it was funny but full of history.
10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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Well, heres a FAA doc on lighting requirements.

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/150_5345_43g.pdf
10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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Topic: McCain and Wind Turbines
Technically I think the requirement is 32.5 candela once the obstruction reaches 200 feet but many of the lighting systems I researched had specs of 2,000 candela and some FAA docs had charts showing as much as 20,000 candela for some situations. I am no expert at all, just did some searching and learned a few new things.
10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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I would guess the lighting would be the same for Power poles and such. Never thought about the lighting requirements per FAA. Good info.
10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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About a month ago they left some of their junk at Buckman Springs.
10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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Topic: McCain and Wind Turbines
tommy750 wrote:
Should be enjoyable relaxing at Cottonwood with the nearby 2,000 lumen red LEDs flashing every few seconds and the whoosh whoosh providing audio.


I thought to myself, how does tommy750 know they are 2,000 lumens?? Well, it turns out the FAA measures aviation obstruction lights in candela, not lumen. Candela is more important as that defines (loosely) how far the light can be seen from whereas lumen defines how much can be seen with the light.

A laser pointer for example vs a big fat flashlight.

Minimal research suggests the FFA requirements are 2,000 candelas, visibility from about 1.2 miles away at night. There is more math and science behind the wind turbine obstructing lighting systems so do some research if that interests you.


Tom and I were there a month or so ago and I got stuck behind a caravan of turbine blade delivery trucks. Kinda sucked since I was on the new and improved McCain Valley dirt road freeway they created, it's practically paved all the way to Cottonwood.




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10/18/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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tommy750 wrote:
Those things go up like weeds. Should be enjoyable relaxing at Cottonwood with the nearby 2,000 lumen red LEDs flashing every few seconds and the whoosh whoosh providing audio.



The R&R tracks at night when cooling down pop and crackle. But the Turbines also have the same noise. But there's was another noise I heard it sounded like the transformers were unloading there was a "Thumping" like sound periodically.
edited by Britain on 10/18/2017
10/17/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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Those things go up like weeds. Should be enjoyable relaxing at Cottonwood with the nearby 2,000 lumen, I mean candela, red LEDs flashing every few seconds and the whoosh whoosh providing audio.
edited by tommy750 on 10/20/2017
10/15/2017
Topic:
McCain and Wind Turbines

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10.13.2017 Most of the poles are up, many are already assembled. A quick shot from the freeway. I would guess they will all be up in a month.
10/14/2017
Topic:
Desert Night life

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Topic: Desert Night life
dsefcik wrote:
Britain wrote:
I haven't seen a reasonable priced low F wide open for Canon. I'm looking but I also want a better telephoto and that's 2K .


The Rokinon for Canon $399

Otherwise, yeah...Canon = $$$


Let me look into this. Mine is not a full frame. Price is right. Thanks
10/14/2017
Topic:
Desert Night life

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Britain wrote:
I haven't seen a reasonable priced low F wide open for Canon. I'm looking but I also want a better telephoto and that's 2K .


The Rokinon for Canon $399

Otherwise, yeah...Canon = $$$
10/14/2017
Topic:
Desert Night life

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Topic: Desert Night life
dsefcik wrote:
Nice photos...I have not done any night shots for awhile. I have several Rokinon manual lenses, they are affordable and can get you into the faster, wider lens space. On my Fuji camera I have a 12mm F/2.8 which runs about $400.


Thats a good price for was low F and wide open. These were shot @ F/3.5 my wide open 10mm is at F/4.5 and the pictures are much darker and when applying more ISO much grainier. I haven't seen a reasonable priced low F wide open for Canon. I'm looking but I also want a better telephoto and that's 2K .

But the night temps were mid 70"s and clear out. Was a good night.
10/14/2017
Topic:
Desert Night life

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Nice photos...I have not done any night shots for awhile. I have several Rokinon manual lenses, they are affordable and can get you into the faster, wider lens space. On my Fuji camera I have a 12mm F/2.8 which runs about $400.
10/13/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
Was in one of the big storm channels in Anaheim, there are thousands of homeless people. Just miles of them. I feel sorry for them. There are students living there. They just cannot afford to live in this area and this is the only option for them. It's truly sad this is happening. There's a line of what they can afford and moving to where they can afford. Most of them who I talked to are not of the crazy type.
10/13/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
dsefcik wrote:
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You need to plant some more down in the canyon...the new home of the homeless....I just cleared out more crap from them this morning.



i've been working with sdpd and canyonlands to clear that out—54th and uni is complete, the creekbed is next. that little canyon is best kept with natives... of course my hillside is fair game for all manner of sonoran desert friends!
10/12/2017
Topic:
Desert Night life

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Topic: Desert Night life
To have a faster wide open lens...
War of the worlds
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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cercidium wrote:
nothing quite like an acacia to slow you down. i've got a beautiful one on my hillside overlooking chollas creek... if anybody ever entered our fence it'd be the first friend to greet them!

You need to plant some more down in the canyon...the new home of the homeless....I just cleared out more crap from them this morning.
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
nothing quite like an acacia to slow you down. i've got a beautiful one on my hillside overlooking chollas creek... if anybody ever entered our fence it'd be the first friend to greet them!
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
Got me a little cholla today. Those little ones that have broken off the ball. Had to take my pants off. Some of the spikes went through. But Love me some early morning hiking.
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
Also Cat's claw root is used as a tea for wound healing ( The cat's claw damage! ) and for stomach ulcers, arthritis and inflammation.
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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The worst part is the claws break off in your skin and then you gotta dig them out.
10/11/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
I notice that stuff right away now. I have many a torn shirt from that stuff. Do not recommend hiking dry creek beds in the desert . I try to stay up higher on the slopes or ridge lines. That's were all of the Native Americans trail are any way. The old boy's knew about cat's claw for sure.
10/10/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
Haha. Horrible stuff. Extracts a blood toll when you bushwhack through it.

According to the scientists it is good for sheep, it flowers and holds leaves later than most plants giving them food in the dry months.
edited by Buford on 10/10/2017
10/9/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
dsefcik wrote:
Cat's Claw....


Thanks makes sense!
10/9/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Cat's Claw....
10/9/2017
Topic:
Thorny desert weed

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Topic: Thorny desert weed
What is this stuff. Has lots of very small thorns. Rips your skin up. Stuff always seems to end up in groves, right in your path. Caused me today a lot of deterring. And those big flys, they follow you for miles. Wish I would have had a flamethrower!
10/7/2017
Topic:
Goat Benchmark

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Topic: Goat Benchmark
rocko1: 9.4 miles round trip, 2600' gain, took me 6 hours 10 minutes. I love this area, but it always seems more difficult than I expect.

ziphius: You are probably right about the scat. I saw several adult deer in the area and some deer bones. Please post your photos if you head out that way.
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

Britain
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Topic: Weather Balloon
Probably like a bird going in. Still, wouldn't want to be on any aircraft digesting anything through the engines. But for me a cool find.!
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

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Britain wrote:
Wonder what happens when one of these get sucked into a jet engine? I'll be mailing it back Saturday.

"it can be ingested by a jet engine without causing significant engine damage"


http://www-das.uwyo.edu/~geerts/cwx/notes/chap01/balloon.html
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

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Wonder what happens when one of these get sucked into a jet engine? I'll be mailing it back Saturday.
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

ziphius
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Topic: Weather Balloon
Nice find, I'm still hoping to find one. I encourage you to mail it back, the data are quite useful for improving the National Weather Service models.
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

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My understanding is that two of those go up every day from Kearny Mesa, if they land in the desert they had a short life. I have dropped a couple off at the Rancho Bernardo office.
10/6/2017
Topic:
Weather Balloon

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First hike of the season on Red Hill. Ended going up a canyon to stay in shade on the eastern side of the canyon. Bad choice upper end of the canyon ruined getting on top of Red Hill. But once I did get out of the canyon found the balloon.



And a self_adressed bag to send their junk back to them!
10/5/2017
Topic:
Photo hosting recommendations

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Here's a link to a firefox and a google chrome plug-in so you can see all of the "broken" photobucket images....

Firefox... https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/photobucket-fixer/?src=cb-dl-recentlyadded

Google Chrome.... https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/photobucket-embedded-imag/ogipgokcopooepeipngiikdkpmcpkaon

Brings the pictures back. At least for now.
10/3/2017
Topic:
Goat Benchmark

ziphius
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Topic: Goat Benchmark
Not sure how I missed this original post.... thanks for sharing the backcountry adventure. That's an area I plan on spending time in. The scats you found are likely from deer. Deer scat looks about the same as bighorn scat and the area you were in is generally a bit west and higher than preferred bighorn habitat.
10/3/2017
Topic:
Goat Benchmark

Rocko1
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Nice trip. Care to share any stats? Miles hiked, etc?
10/3/2017
Topic:
Most western+highest elevation backpacking spot?

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ziphius wrote:
Not sure if your desire for 'highest' spots are due to cooler temperatures, if so, the Culp Valley area is 'west' and relatively high (3000 - 4000 ft). Then there are the San Ysidro mountains, hellish terrain, but high and just west of Borrego Springs.



I like the fauna/flora of the higher altitudes near the desert as well as lower temps. Near Whale Peak for example. Remoteness also is important.
9/27/2017
Topic:
Most western+highest elevation backpacking spot?

ziphius
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Not sure if your desire for 'highest' spots are due to cooler temperatures, if so, the Culp Valley area is 'west' and relatively high (3000 - 4000 ft). Then there are the San Ysidro mountains, hellish terrain, but high and just west of Borrego Springs.
9/26/2017
Topic:
Most western+highest elevation backpacking spot?

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ziphius wrote:
The Combs Peak / Bucksnort Mountain area along the Pacific Crest Trail north of Hot Springs Mtn. Nice, wild country back there.



I will check this out. Thanks.
9/26/2017
Topic:
Most western+highest elevation backpacking spot?

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The Combs Peak / Bucksnort Mountain area along the Pacific Crest Trail north of Hot Springs Mtn. Nice, wild country back there.
9/25/2017
Topic:
Most western+highest elevation backpacking spot?

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I am looking for the highest and most westerly spot within the park boundary that I could do a 2 day backpacking trip. Anyone have any ideas?
9/24/2017
Topic:
New photo host test

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ziphius wrote:
Can't say I can really see anything that jumps out at me.



Check out the area at the red arrow. Looks very old and weathered medicine circle or roasting pit. I am going to head out and check it out this winter. btw this is one of a few of the same circles in the general area. Will reveal upon trip report. Also: I can finally post photos again! Cheers.
9/24/2017
Topic:
New photo host test

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Can't say I can really see anything that jumps out at me.
9/23/2017
Topic:
New photo host test

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Hello all, trying out my new photo hosting after the photo bucket debacle. This photo taken from G. Earth shows what looks like and old encampment near and old trail. Looks like two rings and a cross within. Natural or man made? What say ye?
edited by rockhopper on 9/23/2017
9/20/2017
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Topic: 2017 Sheep Count info
sddarkman619 wrote:
Didn't Ranger Steve used to do this?

Yes

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1274-ranger-steve-dies-in-shooting-incident.aspx
9/19/2017
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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dsefcik wrote:
sddarkman619 wrote:
Daren I signed up for this and got no notification. any idea why?
There were new folks coordinating the sheep count effort this year, it is possible some volunteers were not contacted, I am not sure. There is contact info for the new people at this link I would suggest contacting them to find out and make sure you are on the email list for the 2018 count.


Didn't Ranger Steve used to do this?
9/18/2017
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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sddarkman619 wrote:
Daren I signed up for this and got no notification. any idea why?
There were new folks coordinating the sheep count effort this year, it is possible some volunteers were not contacted, I am not sure. There is contact info for the new people at this link I would suggest contacting them to find out and make sure you are on the email list for the 2018 count.
9/18/2017
Topic:
2017 Sheep Count info

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Daren I signed up for this and got no notification. any idea why?
9/18/2017
Topic:
BM's

rockhopper
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Topic: BM's
Fantastic map with great old time info. Thanks for sharing! I really like the "under construction" new State hwy.
9/15/2017
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Saw the new GE images. Looks bad up close and from afar.
9/15/2017
Topic:
Railroad Police

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Topic: Railroad Police
This guy was pretty determined to do this. He wheeled from the east coast just to do the gorge.
9/15/2017
Topic:
Railroad Police

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Topic: Railroad Police
Last year the tracks were like a highway at rush hour. really full of people out enjoying what they do. I was surprised when I saw this one on the bridge.
9/15/2017
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Interesting they must have recently updated GE. I see this else where also.
9/15/2017
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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9/13/2017
Topic:
Railroad Police

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Topic: Railroad Police
The large rail cars are still derailed near De Anza resort, any access would have to come from Dos Cabezas. There are dozens...yes dozens of cyclists and hikers almost every single weekend going out to the trestle, there is no way they will enforce anything right now without massive effort. In the last 2 years I have seen several groups of 10 or more motorcyclists on the tracks, tourist groups shuttled in from baja and the De Anza resort now putting up no parking signs all along the road...it is really bad now.
9/13/2017
Topic:
Railroad Police

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Topic: Railroad Police
You won't see them out there now..... at least not in their vehicles. (That vehicle setup is called a Hi-rail by the way.) With zero maintenance in the gorge there's zero chance of a vehicle getting through on the tracks. The Border Patrol would occasionally use a Hi-rail vehicle to patrol the gorge.

I don't know if the RR police still patrol out that way and there would be questions to their ability to enforce anything anyway.
9/11/2017
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Progress....we all just need to go back to outhouses and horses.....
9/11/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Ditto, very cool...thanks for posting.
9/11/2017
Topic:
BM's

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That is a cool map! Thanks.
9/11/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Topic: BM's
I was wondering why a 1/4 section was marked. So I dug into some old maps. Didn't find the reason yet but found this cool map from 1910 of Western Imperial County. Its a bit large.

edited by Britain on 9/11/2017
9/10/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Topic: BM's
Thanks makes sense.. I'm sort of familiar been working with Plat maps. I'll gps it next time to see how it matches up. .
9/10/2017
Topic:
Railroad Police

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Topic: Railroad Police
Yes they do exist. Picture taken in 2014 on the hill south of Goat Canyon. They have drop down wheels that fit the track. I think the next tunnel is partially blocked from a slide.


edited by Britain on 9/10/2017
9/10/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Britain wrote:
Question, Why would it be 1/4 S on S33? Caltopo survey map.
edited by Britain on 9/10/2017
edited by Britain on 9/10/2017



I'm interpreting that marker to mean it's a quarter of the way along a boundary of Section 1. Assuming it's that particular S1 since you said it was near the downer turbine and that section also has a junction approximately 1/4 the way west of one of its corners.

Here's a nice blurb on Township and Range stuff: https://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/a_plss.html

I find the topics of surveying and geodetics fascinating on a superficial level but overwhelming past the basics.
9/10/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Topic: BM's
Question, Why would it be 1/4 S on S33? Caltopo survey map.
edited by Britain on 9/10/2017
edited by Britain on 9/10/2017
9/10/2017
Topic:
BM's

tommy750
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Guessing this is probably the exact location.

Here by tomteske, on Flickr
9/10/2017
Topic:
BM's

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Though not a BM I found this near the Turbine that collapsed south of 8. I didn't have the gps so no exact location.


9/10/2017
Topic:
The Island - PAH BM

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Topic: The Island - PAH BM
This was an awesome report and PAH is going on my list! Way to stick with the research.

Darren, if you wouldn't mind, could you email Terry Flood through Peakbagger with the correct coordinates of PAH so he can fix the entry? He was the one who added it to the Peakbagger and I'm sure he would be happy to fix it. That's probably faster than contacting Greg Slayden who runs Peakbagger. I (and a lot of people) rely on accurate data there and you could save someone else the wild goose chase.
9/10/2017
Topic:
Goat Benchmark

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Topic: Goat Benchmark
I wasn't sure whether to post this under trip reports or here, but this is pretty hard to reach. Goat Benchmark is #45 on the Sierra Club San Diego Peak List. It is a small bump near the head of Hellhole Canyon and nearly invisible until you are right on top it. There are many small boulder piles in the area and picking it out without a GPS would take superior map skills. I used a GPS to find it, leaving from S22 and circling around to it from the north past the Thimble. I made a direct attempt in May from Culp Valley but ran out of time before reaching it that way. In one of the side canyons, I found deer parts and what looked like a juvenile deer head, still with some wet brain matter inside. Insects hadn't had enough time to clean it up completely.



Starting at sunrise




Goat is a small bump out there somewhere


Descending


Passing by The Thimble




Juvenile deer I think

As far as other wildlife, I startled a couple of adult mule deer, but they were too fast for me to get any photos. Jackrabbits and birds were in abundance. Bighorn scat was everywhere, but I didn't see any. It seemed like a long time before I finally laid eyes on Goat. Once found, the summit was an easy boulder. A higher mound stands just behind it. The register went back to 2001 and was quite thin. I was the fifth party to visit Goat in 2017. It doesn't see much activity. Unless you are chasing the San Diego list, there is no reason to go there. If you end up there by accident, you are probably in serious trouble. I don't know why the US Army Corps of Engineers decided to mark it, but I really appreciated the remoteness. It had great views, being sort of Hellhole Central.





Benchmark and register cans




Looking down Hellhole Canyon

Here it is circled from my trip in May, the direct route is pretty tough


On my way back, I climbed Clyde and Hut BM, I had done Bonny on a previous trip


edited by tekewin on 9/10/2017
9/10/2017
Topic:
The Island - PAH BM

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Topic: The Island - PAH BM
Well I bagged that tough Spring BM today. Heck of a hike! smile




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