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“Happy Jack” Mines

“Happy Jack” Mines

I had the chance to get out on a cold winter day in 2008, so I decided to try and ...
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“Hidden Indian Cave” Pictographs

“Hidden Indian Cave” Pictographs

A few years ago, I went out in search of this well-hidden rock shelter full of pictographs. It is the ...
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“Holbrook” Prospect

“Holbrook” Prospect

I stumbled across this remote mining prospect and cabin site in the wilds of Death Valley. I've looked through my ...
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“Hollow Rock” Pictographs

“Hollow Rock” Pictographs

Back in 2010, we came across an unassuming large isolated granite boulder in Joshua Tree. There is no shortage of ...
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“Inscription Fork” of Lemoigne Canyon

“Inscription Fork” of Lemoigne Canyon

My friend Bill led Dan and me to a fork of Lemoigne Canyon out in Death Valley that has a few historical ...
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“Jagged Spine” Mine

“Jagged Spine” Mine

Off into the desert again, Dan and I went out to check out a 1930s to 1940s era mine in the wilds ...
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“Joshua Tree Car Wash”

“Joshua Tree Car Wash”

Our National Parks aren’t known for their collections of junked cars… Joshua Tree National Park has a collection though (and ...
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“Keystone Signpost” Petroglyphs

“Keystone Signpost” Petroglyphs

This lone petroglyph boulder is way out in a wash deep into the Joshua Tree wilderness. We suspect it served ...
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“Little Boulder Valley” Petroglyphs

“Little Boulder Valley” Petroglyphs

In 2008, Dan led us out to a small native site that he had discovered. It seems to be a very old ...
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“Lost Pick” Prospector’s Camp

“Lost Pick” Prospector’s Camp

While hiking way out in the backcountry wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park, exploring buddy JP and I stumbled upon ...
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“Lost White” Log Cabin

“Lost White” Log Cabin

In June of 2018, we visited a remote log cabin high in the mountains. The cabin is built from some ...
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“MacClatchie Power” Mine

“MacClatchie Power” Mine

A long hike into the Death Valley region led us to this small mining operation. Judging from the artifacts found ...
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“Mineral Spring” Log Cabin

“Mineral Spring” Log Cabin

Micah, Ed and I did a lengthy cross-country hike out to a very remote log cabin high up in the ...
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“Mojave” Car Wash

“Mojave” Car Wash

This is an interesting little corner of the Mojave. I was surprised to see so many old junked cars out ...
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“Monolith Alcove” Pictographs

“Monolith Alcove” Pictographs

Not too long ago, I met up with DarthJenni and JP to do some exploring in the backcountry of Joshua ...
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“Montgomery and Schroeder” Mine

“Montgomery and Schroeder” Mine

This mine was a great surprise! It isn’t the biggest mine we’ve ever explored but it has a few things ...
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