Thursday October 1, 2020 Humboldt Mountain Range Nevada
Exploring the desert
Last night we could hear wild horses coming in and down to the water hole below our camp spot. It was a full moon so looking out the windows you could see horses sneaking past us, some of them very cautious.
In the morning there were still some wild horses wanting to get to the spring water below us but most of them waited until we left down that road there in the middle.
As we took off in our rigs going down the road by them they took off for a short distance before turning back to the water hole.
We continued on down the road getting us down off the hill. The wild horses have trails all over this area.
Traveling Immigrate Road
We turned onto Immigrate Road and eventually came to this corral.
We stopped to check it out. It had water and was a place to work cattle.
The only longhorn we saw today headed for the water.
We traveled a long way on Immigrate Road today headed up to the Humboldt Mountain Range. Most of the road was like this.
American Canyon road
We turned onto the American Canyon Road and went up here headed into the hills.
We stopped here by these old cabins for a much needed lunch break. The cabins were old mining cabins but not in use anymore.
Big mine up ahead
After lunch and a good rest we continued on up the road and could see a big mine up ahead.
This mine was huge.
And it seemed to be expanding as they were getting ready to remove this hill and most of that valley. It appeared that they had just started this expansion project just a short time ago.
They had equipment working all over that hill and were getting ready to tear it all down. I think they were getting gold in this area.
Spring Canyon camp spot
We were looking for a camp spot for the day and drove on down this road that goes through Spring Canyon.
We found some big cottonwood trees to camp under by a babbling brook. We set up camp.
And then I went for a short walk up the hill and was wondering what the heck this was. A metal box on a metal pipe set in cement. I’d soon get the answer.
This is the area I walked up to. An old mining area.
Miner’s boundary claim post
On the way back I saw this pole and some horses in the background. I recognized that pole as a miner’s claim boundary marker which also has a little metal box on it to put the mining claim info inside. The other red box was just a modern one of these.
These wild horses wanted to get a drink of water but were weary of us.
Camp for the night
I headed back down to camp under those trees where Marty is sitting in his chair enjoying the day.
Tomorrow we will be moving to a new camp spot somewhere to be determined. I haven’t been able to get an internet lock so haven’t been able to post a blog and where we are going doesn’t look too good for a cell lock either.
A Sony AX33 4K, a video camera that takes stills too. What am I doing with that? I take pictures from my Kayak a lot. I found I was missing interesting shots, because my pic was being processed in my camera, before it would let me take another pic. Since I like to take what I call action stills, I bought this camera to take videos, that I could make stills out of, but, as a bonus, this camera also came with buttons to just take stills and that's what I mostly do, unless something is real interesting or too far away for my still zooms. My digilat zoom setting for video goes to two hundred x, and sometimes I need that, but usually, I only use the 10x lens zoom. Because this camera is HD and 4K, the quality has to be real good and it has a lot of stabilizers on it which really helps out a lot for taking pics on the water.
The other thing it has that is a must is a view finder and I had to buy Sony's top of the line cam to get it. This is a must for taking pics on the water, as you must hold the camera as still as posible and putting that eye piece to the eye forms a tripod with your arms that helps a lot. The eye piece is also a must as it works way better than a LED screen to see what you are taking a picture of in the daylight as the LED screens wash out easily in sunlight.
I also have another video camera, a Canon VIXIA G30. I use them both to mostly take stills. The Sony takes higher resolution stills than the G30. That was a bit of a disappointment as I bought the G30 to replace an older camera I dunked in the river, but then had to buy the Sony to get higher still picture resolution that the G30 was lacking.
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