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#11 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:52 AM

In the Soldier Meadows Cabin:
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Please leave extra food & supplies when you leave. When you come back bring enough wood for yourself plus a little extra for others. This cabin is for all so bring stuff to share dont just show up and use all that was left by others. Don't vandalize cabin! This cabin just might save your life or someone else. Why in the HELL would you steal lanterns & propane etc? People who use this cabin selfishly and steal provisions should be gut shot!! If you plan to come back again then make a list of materials to bring back next time for cabin repairs. Haul out your trash or even other peoples trash if they left it. (Assholes) I've been coming here for years & now have been bringing my family for 14.5 years. Hope this cabin stands forever and it may with all of our help. Some of you that read this wont really give a **** and you are the ones that are takers & not givers. But remember this cabin could mean a lot to you in harsh times.


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#12 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:56 AM

Then low and behold, look who emerges from the wilderness several hours after his departure, our own WTW Ferdinand Magellan, Ted :D Seems Ted has been at sea (of mud) for a while lol. Seems the camp host had some good advice afterall. Ted: DENIED.

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Looking at my BLM map I decide I want to check out Trego Hot Springs next. On the way back to Gerlach I decided I'd try my luck on the Playa - bad idea. I almost didn't make it out of this spot - luckily I have Ford traction:
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#13 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:01 AM

So onward to Trego Hot Springs. This is a spot that is REALLY HARD TO FIND! There are no signs, and even when you guess the right turnoff its a spot with low rolling hills, no discernable landmarks, and very primitive roads. I don't think I would have found it without my GPS as my patience was wearing pretty thin. So this is what I discovered: this place is a dump, I wouldn't go back, and I would recommend strongly that others do not drive into this area. The reason: rednecks have burned at least a million palettes and a billion tons of salvaged wood and the whole area is blanketed in rusty nails, glass, and to a smaller degree, garbage. It really is too bad that people don't have more respect for our natural areas. I declare Trego Hot Springs DOA.

Pretty though:
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#14 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:03 AM

This was a strange springs in that it almost looked like a Canal. I couldn't figure it out but I read later that the railroad channeled it out away from the tracks because the water was causing problems.

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The springs were absolutely full of tadpoles - interesting that they can live in such warm water:
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#15 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:05 AM

I found a tiny little island of dirt that was free of mud, nails, and glass (well relatively free), and actually had a nice spot:
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Oh, but then there is the other problem with this spot:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:07 AM

Whew, another long day. I think I'll power up with some grilled orange roughy:
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Next up was Sulphur - which was shown as a point of interest on the BLM map that I had. I didn't know what was there but I soon discovered that it is a ghost town where they used to mine sulphur from the springs and currently there is an open pit gold mine adjacent to the site.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:08 AM

Piles of sulphur with gold mine in the background:
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Sulphur, Nevada Chrysler dealership:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:10 AM

Old mill site with modern gold mine in the background:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:12 AM

Springs at Sulphur - these were being "reclaimed" and it seems the historic sulphur mining happened right out of the springs:
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Throughout the area you will find Applegate Trail historical marker:
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#20 DirtyDog

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:13 AM

Wild Horses:
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From Sulphur, it was back to Gerlach, then north on 34 to check out the old mining area of Leadville, and then home. Your options heading West out of Gerlach:
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