Author Archives: Dezdan

Toquima Petrogylphs

Back in the summer of 2008 I had the pleasure of traveling some of Nevada’s back roads with some good friends who knew the country well. One of the sites we visited during the trip was a petrogylph site located in the Toquima Mountains. This site with two large panels and multiple smaller panels occurs on some welded tuff boulders high above the canyon below.
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Tenderfoot Mine & Mill

Back in the summer of 2011, while on a camping trip in Northern Washington state, I took a quick hike to the Tenderfoot Mine and Mill. The mine predates 1932 when it was re-recorded as the Gold Crown Mine by E.B. Bales and George Letson. In 1951, possibly the time period the mill was (re)built, owners Vic Byrski, Vern Anderson, and Perry Luce claimed that ore values were assayed at $12 to $93 per ton.
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Shady Myricks Bloodstone Claim

A number of years ago I was offered the chance to visit Francis Marion “Shady” Myrick’s Bloodstone mining claim near Brown Mountain, CA; now located within the boundaries of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. An opportunity not to be passed up, I was pleasantly surprised and pleased to meet Mr. John Lightburn, Shady’s great-grandnephew who conveyed stories of Shady’s adventures and life in the Mojave Desert and Colorado.
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New Website!

Welcome! This website has been a long time coming! For years I’ve pondered virtual ways to share my adventures and there have been many failed attempts to erect a website, as life, work, skills and other miscellaneous hitches have prevailed. Finally, with the kind pushing of others *cough* Guy *cough* I’ve erected this jumble of code, widgets and photos in hopes of my explorations having a permanent place online.
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