Lava River Cave

Lava River Cave

Back in late spring of this year, we took a trip out to Flagstaff seeking some cooler temperatures. One of the places we stopped at was the Lava River Cave.

Formed in the Pleistocene, roughly 675,000 years ago, this 0.75 mile long lava tube is remarkable not only for its length but also its tall ceilings; at some points the roof it more than 30′ above your head. That is a bit unusual in my experience.

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Micah's Mine

Micah’s Mine

I couldn’t find any information about this little mine and it was a surprise when I came across it. We named it “Micah’s” Mine because of some fancy 4wd moves Micah did on his approach up the very steep road to the mine. He didn’t quite make it but he was the only one daring enough to try. After we got him back on terra firma, we all decided it might be safer to walk.

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Silver Canyon

Silver Canyon Cabin

About a year ago, at the end of an exploring trip in the White Mountains of Eastern California, we decided to take a side trip to a little cabin I had heard about. From what little history I could find on the place, there didn’t seem to be any mining activity in the area to justify a cabin at this location, so I was curious why it was there.

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Moreno Maze pictograph

Moreno Maze pictograph

Western Riverside County has a handful of unique Native American rock art maze drawings. The most well-known of them is the Hemet Maze. It is a petroglyph of complex design carved directly into granite. There are however other lesser known rock art mazes and one of them is the Moreno Maze pictograph. The meaning behind these mazes is vigorously debated among rock art researchers but it remains a mystery.
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Sandstone Cabin

“Sandstone” Cabin

We stumbled across this remote cabin back in 2010. Like so many cabins I come across, I haven’t been able to find the history on this one. I call it the “Sandstone” cabin because there is a bit of sandstone in the area, which is quite unusual. There are a few minor silver prospects nearby and I suspect this cabin was built to support one of them.

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