“DRV Mine”

On a recent trip to Nevada, we completed our initial exploration of the “DRV Mine”, a mine which we had discovered earlier in the year but were unable to explore due to time constraints. The ‘DRV’ is a more modern abandoned mine then most, having only been developed during the gold boom of the 1980’s.
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“Birthday Canyon” Petroglyphs

Back in the fall of 2006 I met up with Cori and Lewis for a hike up “Birthday Canyon” to visit several panels of Coso Style petroglyphs. The moderate hike was an interesting one up a remote desert canyon that opened and closed itself freely making the overall trek a real joy with its ever changing topography. Both sandy washes and boulders graced this canyon and as nearing its head, basalt cliffs and basalt boulders, a favorite palette of the Coso people, rise out of the canyon floor and quickly draw the canyon to a close.
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King Midas Mine

On a warm spring day in 2008, Guy and I hiked to the seldom visited King Midas Mine high in the Funeral Mountains of Death Valley National Park. Located near the world famous Keane Wonder Mine, the King Midas often gets overlooked due to its short production history, a more modern mining period and little written history.
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Butte Valley Mystery Shelter

Depending on what old-timer you talk too, the creator of this ‘fallout’ shelter seems to differ. Many say it has its roots with the notorious Charles Manson when he roamed these parts; others say a former National Park Service volunteer staying at a cabin in the valley below stashed his supplies here away from the prying eyes of desert travelers; and a few believe the shelter was that of a rouge Park Service Ranger who patrolled the more desolate parts of the park.
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“Pontiac” Mine

The “Pontiac Mine” originally dates to the 1920’s, though it has a fairly extensive period of mining activity. Most recent work seems to date to the mid-1980’s when multiple stopes were worked and drifts drilled. With the price of gold increasing and mining companies claiming previously abandoned mines, we learned in mid-2008 that drilling was to begin around the “Pontiac” with future plans of an open pit mine on the horizon.
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“Chips Ahoy Mine”

On a cold New Year’s Day in 2008, Guy and I found ourselves out in the Nevada desert (once again) in search of a seldom visited mine (once again!). With access being difficult, the terrain rough and rugged, the prospects of finding a relatively untouched mine seemed high to us. Up canyons, along cliffs, across ridges we hiked until we reached our destination, the Chips Ahoy Mine!
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Paradise River Hydroelectric Plant

During the summer of 1916, the newly formed Rainer National Park Company (RNPC) constructed a 250-horsepower hydroelectric power plant on Van Trump Creek above Christine Falls to provide electrical power for the construction of the Paradise Inn. Four years later in the summer of 1920, with business booming and an expansion of the Inn underway, the RNPC requested permission from the National Park Service (NPS) to replace its small power plant on Van Trump Creek with a larger installation near the confluence of the Paradise and Nisqually rivers.
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Layser Cave

Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest high above the Cispus River and within sight of Mount Adams, Layser Cave is one of the more significant archaeological sites in western Washington State. Found to have been inhabited for over 7,000 years and abandoned approximately 3,500 years ago when Layser Cave, as well as other shelter sites in the region, were inundated by ash and pumice generated by an eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Head of Sinbad

While exploring south eastern Utah, I made a stop at the well-published Head of Sinbad pictograph site. This impressive site is a worthy representation of the Barrier Canyon culture style of pictographs dating back nearly 3,000 years. Today one of the main panels is slowly being covered by sediment being washed down the cliff face from high above and will someday in the future completely cover this panel.
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