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Friday, Mar. 7, 2014
Quartzsite - The RV Gathering Place
Posted Sunday, February 16, at 10:55 AM
Here is a short video Margie and I put together about Quartzsite, Arizona. We visited there in January and it's a must visit place for snowbird RVers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SymbUEIb2Eo
Take a trip with us through one of the most scenic and popular back country roads in Death Valley National Park... Titus Canyon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ5xKIUPSqc
A short video of our recent trip through Echo Canyon in Death Valley National Park. There are over 1000 miles of backcountry roads in Death Valley, this is a review of 26 of them... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmCFg22rRFQ
Our 4x4 club hit the trail in search of the gold and found what the original miners found... nothing but a great view. Our trip took us to the Gladstone Mining Companies worthless mine located near Death Valley National Park. As were many of the mines in the area, the mine we visited was an investor scam that bilked folks out of 12 million bucks of late 1800's cash...
About 10 miles north of our place is the ghost town of Johnnie, Nevada. This once bustling mining camp is now home to just a few folks, but the area has great scenery, and a colorful history. A Paiute indian famous in the area for shooting settlers horses is where the name came from...
Your Tax Dollars At Work
Here is a pretty good use of a few of our tax dollars to me... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoSga7tZPg#t=216
It gets cold here in the Nevada desert. Currently, our little corner of the state is experiencing some of the coldest weather in recorded history. We've been under a hard freeze warning the last couple nights, and it's expected to be cold again tonight with the temperature dipping into the teens...
Devil's Hole Hills
Around these parts, there are plenty of geographic references to death, the devil, and of course heat. Death Valley, the Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek, and Stovepipe Wells are the first to come to mind. This short video was take in an area that is just 10 miles from our place in an area called Devil's Hole Hills...
It's tough for me to write a blog with all the 4 wheeling we've been doing lately, so I'm going to try and start something new by posting a link to a short video of our travels. The above photo shows our small group airing our tires down for our trail ride. We drop from highway pressure to around 12 pounds as our vehicles will ride much better, and the low pressure will provide much better traction over rough terrain...
Hey Arley (& Anyone Else) - To Beatty and Beyond
Death Valley National Park is the largest park in the lower 48 states. It takes up some 5,219 square miles in California and Nevada, and from what I've seen so far, it is a wonderland of geologic diversity. From the top of 11,043 foot Telescope Peak, to it's lowest point of 282 feet BELOW sea level, there are amazing things to see. Death Valley, from where the park got it's name runs some 140 miles north to south...
Too Close To Home
http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2013/06/30/who-they-were-the-granite-mountain-hotshots-19-brave-souls-who-perished-in-arizona-fire/ Here is a short view of what these guys do for a living... http://vimeo.com/40561725 Rest in peace with the Lord you Hotshots... you are missed!...
Perhaps you've noticed that the southwestern US is having a little heat wave lately, and you just have to know that me and Margie are smack dab in the middle of it. The term "dry heat" doesn't really come very close to describing how 115 degrees feels, but to tell the truth, I'd rather have 115 here than 100 in McCook. Your humidity there is harder to take for me...
When we were Nebraska residents, we watched the weather pretty closely. I suppose since we lived in farm country, we paid closer attention to the weather and its implications because since we moved to Nevada, I barely look at the weather anymore. Take yesterday for example. ...
When I was much younger, I wanted a great sounding car. It probably didn't matter much if it was a great car, as long as it sounded powerful with that big V8 sound. Guys know what I mean, but I never was willing to part with the cash to have one of those...
Things I Don't See Everyday
Like most of Nevada, our corner of the Territory is pretty sparsely populated once you get a few miles out of town. My community was once a farming area, primarily dairy and cotton. With the influx of people in the last 20 years, farming is all but gone around here...
The Silver State
Every state has its own slogan, or slogans. When I was a kid, the Nebraska license plates said "The Beef State". Now Nebraska's official slogan is "The Good Life", which from my experience was pretty accurate. Now Margie and I are in "The Silver State"...
In the southwestern USA, a lot of folks say "Adios", Spanish for "farewell", when they are leaving, and Margie and I have decided to say Adios to Cambridge and SW Nebraska. My very first blog on the Gazette was titled "What Was Brian Thinking?". Here we are again, making a major change in our lives, probably making some in our extended family ask the same question. Margie and I bought a place in the Nevada desert and will be moving in the near future...
My Defense Counsel
From Brian's Mailbox... After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table...
Where Does It Go?
Time that is... where does it go? Its been over a month since my last blog entry and I wonder where the time went. We've been busy around the farm(stead) with what seems like never ending renovations, but my blogging motivation has been completely lacking obviously...
Happy New Year Everyone! YEA!!!!! The "fiscal cliff" may be averted! What a bunch of hooey! I got an email from Senator Mike Johanns last night and you did too if you are on his mailing list. It was his assessment of the work done by the Senate of extending the 2008 farm bill for a year and for compromise work accomplished to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect today... the so called "fiscal cliff"...