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May 18th, 2014, 20:56
A Trip Report
By DrMoab

Day 1
Sunday May 11 2014
So once a year or so I decide I need a break from life. I also need a break from girls (kidding wife and daughter) so I decide to take a trip with my guy buddies and usually hit the desert. This year after months of pondering, even more months of planning and some more months of saving gas money I decided to hit the desert and see some of the things that have always caught my interest in Nevada that I have always wondered about when I drive through there in my semi for work.

The day before Arron (FlexdXJ) flew in so he could ride along.

With the trailer packed to the gills and the jeep even worse we headed out. As we pulled onto the highway my dad who also went on the trip got on the CB and said "hey, something seriously wrong with the left tire on your trailer"
I looked back and sure enough it was wobbling all over the place. We turned around (.2 miles from home) and went back to see what was up. Come to find out I had just installed new dust covers on the hubs and they were bigger than the center holes of my wheels. A quick buzz with an angle grinder and the wheels got a magic enlargement of the center holes.
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With that quick fix we were off. Stopped in Lakepoint to top off for fuel as this would be the last place we could buy it for almost 300 miles (240 or so on dirt)
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We headed out on I-80 and took the Skull Valley road heading toward Dugway. Once we hit Dugway we hit dirt also and headed south to the Pony Express trail turning west toward our first camp of the night in Granite Creek which is in the deep creek mountains on the Utah-Nevada border.

I didn't take a lot of photos along this route because it was cold, windy and we were running behind and wanted to make camp before nightfall.

I did snap this one as we got near the deep creek mountains. This is one of my favorite little hidden gems in Utah. It takes a commitment to get there since it's close to 100 miles from anywhere and most of it is on dirt roads.
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May 18th, 2014, 21:24
Day 2
May 12 2014

During the night it got pretty cold, it rained and it was windy although we had no wind in camp due to our secluded location in the steep canyon.

Started out as a pretty nice day.
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My dad and my son enjoying a nice morning camp fire to break the chill.
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Aaron trying to shake the chill and get moving for the morning.
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DaveW getting ready to take his camp down.
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We packed up and headed out. The air was much cleaner than the day before and Aaron couldn't keep the grin off his face...being the Indiana flatlander that he is.

A view up the canyon we just left.
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We headed south around the mountains and into Nevada up Pleasant Creek. This was a new area for me (as was the rest of the trip mostly) and the scenery was very nice. Even the lonely ranchers have a sense of humor.
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As we climbed higher, we started to encounter some mud. Most likely from the week or so of rain we have had off and on. The road kept getting slicker and for awhile I wasn't too sure we were going to make it over the pass. It was also the most thick, gooey mess I've ever driven in. Once it hardened on the jeeps and trailers it was like cement.
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Working our way off the mountain we ran into a pretty good herd of elk.
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The plan was to catch back up to the Pony Express trail(PET for short) and keep moving west toward US-93 and then south to Ely but when we reached the turn off we took a look at the mountain we had to climb which was slightly higher than the last one and decided it would probably be better to take a short detour around the mountain and catch it on the other side. This was at the turn off.
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May 18th, 2014, 21:35
This was our view for miles and miles and miles across the state.
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We finally made it into Ely and although I made fun of him at the time, I wished later that I had followed Dave's lead and washed the mud off mine. I wasn't lying when I said it turned to cement as the $20 it took at the car was to get most of it off would later prove.
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The plan was to camp somewhere along Lunar Lake. We made it to the lake, messed around for awhile and then went looking for a camp.

Messing around on the lake.
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Things started to turn ugly right after this, at least for my dad. He stopped to get a photo of a crater and his dog got out, spotted an antelope and took off through the desert. My dad went into panic mode and started chasing him through the desert, which caused the dog to run further and faster. At this time his CB mic took a dump and so we didn't know this was going down. When we got to the highway we waited, waited....and waited but he was nowhere to be found. So I turned around and headed back to hunt for him. He was about 2 miles out in the scrub brush and had found his dog but he was trying to get back to the road. This would have bigger consequences that I will talk about in day 3. Stay tuned....

May 19th, 2014, 22:10
Day 3
Tuesday May 13

We woke up to clear skies, no wind, a flat tire and a busted shock. The night before when my dad chased his dog through the desert he must have found a rock and put a hole in the sidewall.
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While we were sticking in a plug in it, DaveW found he had broke a bolt on his trailer also.
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With those two issues fixed we headed back to the lake bed. We just didn't get enough the night before and wanted to go play around some more.

We let the two kids aged 13 and 11 drive the jeeps all by themselves around the lake for awhile. The grins on their faces said it all. I'm sure it was all the talk in school today.

My son TJ practicing his photography skills.
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Our rag tag group selfie
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May 19th, 2014, 22:23
From there we headed up to Lunar Crater, an ancient extinct volcano.
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The whole area is a giant volcano field. Right past Lunar Crater is Easy Chair crater, seen here from a distance.
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We hiked up to the crater and checked it out.
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From there the plan was to head over to the ghost towns of Tybo, Keystone and Hot Creek.

The first stop we made was Tybo. It appeared there was still a couple people living there so we didn't stomp around too much but there was some cool ruins and a few huge head frames.
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TJ inside of the shack holding the winch and engine to power it.
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We left Tybo and headed up in the mountains to loop around and come down into the town of Keystone. The mountains in this area are really cool. Tons of old pinion and juniper trees.
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We went for miles and miles down a twisty little road through the forest. It was quite different from what I expected in this part of Nevada and quite fun.
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May 19th, 2014, 22:34
Things kind of took a turn for the bad when we got to the ruins of Keystone. We found out that Dave's bumper...which is also his hitch started to fail and pull away from his body. We decided to hook it to my dads jeep and pull it into Tonopah. We had to deviate from the plan of going into Hot Creek and possibly camping around Little Fish Lake but it was getting late and we weren't exactly sure what we were going to do with his Jeep. I took the opportunity to dump 15 gal of fuel into the jeep while they were swapping trailers.
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Since we were there we looked around the ruins and old mines a bit.
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After flying into Tonopah, getting dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant we were tired, it was dark and we were looking for the closest, easiest place we could pull over and sleep. A gravel pit was perfect.

It was a full, or close to a full moon so even though I was wiped out I decided to try and grab a few night shots.
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Stay tuned for Day 4....

May 19th, 2014, 23:02
Nice write-up and pics. Makes me want to move back to the Utah/Nevada area.

May 20th, 2014, 06:13
K, It's tomorrow. Time for day more story.

May 20th, 2014, 08:28
:worship:, Dr.Moab! Keep em coming...Plz


May 20th, 2014, 09:35
Tomorrow. I'm heading to Vegas today.

May 20th, 2014, 10:19
ohhh you poor bastard :D

May 20th, 2014, 10:19
For work. Trust me it's no vacation.

May 20th, 2014, 10:36
You know what was better than this trip report? THE TRIP! :D

May 20th, 2014, 10:47
Ya. The trip was pretty awesome. Now. Let's see some rednecks.

May 20th, 2014, 10:57

May 20th, 2014, 10:59
Oops. Wrong thread. I thought this was the ROTM thread.

May 20th, 2014, 11:17
I see you've spent to much time away from technology.

May 20th, 2014, 11:18
Felt great too.

May 21st, 2014, 19:51
Day 5
May 14 2014
After making a quick trip to Tonopah for a windshield wiper, dog food and a couple other small things we hit the road for Belmont.

Belmont Nevada is possibly one of the coolest semi ghost towns I've ever been to. The main feature of the town is the old courthouse. You can read more about it here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belmont,_Nevada)

We stopped at the courthouse first. I found out later that it is filled with graffiti going back to the early 1900's and there is even some from Charlie Manson and his family when they held up in the town for awhile.

Driving up to the courthouse.
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The rear wall has fallen down so they pulled the all metal jail out. It looks like they plan to rebuild it.

Dave in jail.
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One of the places that is still in business. With a name like Dirty Dicks Saloon...you gotta check it out...right?
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Of course a guy like this would be running the place.

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My kind of hours.
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We left town, heading north towards Dianna's Punchbowl, Pott's Ranch and hot springs and camp.

On the way out of town we ran into the remnants of an old mill.
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From there we headed north. Next stop....Dianna's Punchbowl.

Karstic sent me a message saying I needed to see this. I'm glad he did. There are no signs, nothing to indicate it's there. Without directions or GPS you would never find it.

Dianna's punchbowl is a travertine mound about 100 ft high and at the top is a hot springs fed pool that is about 30ft down. They say the water is about 200*. I believe this because it was 80* and we could see steam rising off the water and smell some sulfur.
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Hard to get a good photo without a REALLY wide lens. iPhone pano will have to do.
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From there we went 5 miles north to Pott's ranch and hot springs. After days and days of dust, dirt, campfires and more of the same this was a truly refreshing find. The owners of the ranch have developed this with a wood deck, benches and three different pipes with three different temps of water. We had the coolest pipe in the water and it felt like a hot bath tub. Pretty damned refreshing.

I told Aaron I wouldn't post a photo of him in the tub. I'm a good liar and he's 1500 miles away now. He can't hit me with his walking stick.
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We soaked for a couple hours then left to find camp. Originally we were going to camp there but they had big no camping signs up and it was really hot. On the map, just a few miles away there was a campground up in the mountains at about 8000Ft. We headed there and it was well worth the trip.

Whats left of Pott's ranch as we left the springs.
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May 21st, 2014, 20:04
Day 6
May 15 2014

The night before we made it to camp early enough to cook some dutch oven pork chops in mushroom soup with red potatos and carrots. It was nice to relax. It was cool, no wind and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for the evening.

Packing up from camp in the morning.
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From here, things took a turn for the bad. Not two miles from camp, Dave gets on the CB.

Dave- "Looks like I found me a nice .17 rifle in the road"

Me- "Oh crap...you are behind my dad and he is the only one with a .17 Hornet."

So we stop to wait for Dave. As we are waiting I look and notice my dads right rear tire is totally flat. So not only did my dad get a double whammy of losing a rifle off the roof of his jeep (more on that later) he also now had a flat. We tried to plug it but it wasn't happening. So....we threw one of his two spares on.
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From there we headed north again to the Geographical center of Nevada. You know what's in the geographical center of Nevada? A junction and....a crap load of nothing.

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It was at this time that I hear air leaking from another one of my dads tires (yes, the third one of the trip) This time it wasn't flat and still had air...we could just hear it leak so out came the ARB plug kit and we were back on the road.

We had another 8000ft mountain to traverse and the scenery was pretty awesome.
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May 21st, 2014, 20:23
Once we hit the bottom of that mountain we headed north a ways and had some easy highway cruising to Eureka for another refuel and some grub.

How can you go wrong with a place called Sloppy Joes?
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From here things got a little sketchy. We still had aprox 60 miles to go in order to get to Ruby Lake. We needed to get to Ruby Lake because the next day we had a long freeway drive to meet up with the IC chapter for the annual shooting day. We didn't want to spend all day driving.

When we turned off the pavement, this is what we were faced with. A whole valley of roads that were barely roads. Fun in a jeep. Not fun in a jeeps pulling trailers trying to make good time and losing daylight very fast.
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We finally got on some decent roads....for a bit. When it came time to turn off and head over Telegraph canyon (its basically the mountain you see in front of the jeep in the last pic) we noticed the road was barely a two track. Still 30 miles from camp with twilight setting in we decided to dig the maps out and have a little pow wow about how we wanted to proceed. We could still head over the mountain or we could take a detour on better roads but instead of five miles over the mountain it would be a good 40-50 mile detour.

Looking at the map.
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We decided to head over the mountain and it was grueling. Mile after mile of first gear, steep, rocky nastiness. When we got to the other side both the map and the GPS showed a better road heading toward Ruby Lake. Nope...when we got to it, it was the same crap we had been on for miles and miles.

We finally hit better roads right before the lake and decided we didn't even want to try and find a camp. Forest Service CG for $15 a night it was. In the condition we were in....totally worth it.

May 21st, 2014, 20:38
Day 7
May 16th 2014

We woke up and broke camp. Knowing we only had a few more miles of dirt, we got busy quick. The night before we hardly made camp. It was pretty quick to get up and get moving.

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Oh....remember that gun that fell off my dads roof? We finally decided to look at it. Ugly...
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We busted out and headed for Wells, then I80 for most of the trip home. In Wendover we stopped, gassed up one final time and split up with DaveW and my dad. Aaron and I had commitments the next day for the IC shooting day and my dad and Dave both just wanted to get home. Being a truck driver I had a few showers on my frequent fueler card and Arron and I decided to take advantage of that. I got him a shower and one for myself. I don't think anything has ever felt quite so good. After 7 days of dirt and grime with no real shower it was awesome.

One thing on Aaron's bucket list was to see Bonneville Salt Flats. Since we were right there, it was a no brainer.

We tried to set the worlds lowest speed record but there wasn't anyone around to record us. I'm sure we would have won.
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From there it was about 70 miles of mostly freeway to our last nights camp.
We enjoyed a nice fire with a bunch of NAXJA dudes and got ready to bruise our shoulders the next day.

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May 21st, 2014, 20:42
Day 8
May 17 2014

Shooting day. For the last couple of years the IC chapter has got together to chuck a few birds, ding some still plates and let the kids plink with their .22's

Didn't get a ton of photos but here is Aaron taking a turn behind Israel's new Savage .338 Lapua Magnum. He still probably smiles whenever he looks at the bruise.
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From there we headed home. Aaron had to fly out the next day.

May 21st, 2014, 20:50
Of course... I couldn't let Aaron go home without one more little surprise. His flight didn't leave till evening so on the way to the airport (Literally on the way, his bag was in the jeep) I decided to take him up a local trail called Old Ward Canyon. Jerry Allen, the IC pres joined us and I'm kinda glad he did.

Heading up the rocky part of the the canyon.
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Jerry flexing his new long arm kit out a bit.
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This is where things got a little interesting. We got up high enough to get into some snow. Of course I had to see just how far I could get and...sank to my door. I'm glad Jerry was there to yank me out or Aaron may have missed a flight.
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Then I took Aaron around Salt lake city to kill some time and dropped him off.

The end.

May 22nd, 2014, 02:36
Another trip I wish I had come along on. When is Colorado again? ;)

May 22nd, 2014, 03:59
...when the kids are out of the house (In about 20 years from now) I'm moving out that way for a while. That's all there is to it.

May 22nd, 2014, 07:12
damn i can't wait to take a trip like this one day

May 22nd, 2014, 18:22
...when the kids are out of the house (In about 20 years from now) I'm moving out that way for a while. That's all there is to it.

It's taken you 4 years to make the crawl.....the world will end before you make it out there! :gee:


May 23rd, 2014, 04:45
It's taken you 4 years to make the crawl.....the world will end before you make it out there! :gee:


You have a point.

May 30th, 2014, 13:16
I love me some Nevada. thanks for sharing

May 30th, 2014, 21:04
Great trip report Ryan. I want to make it out there myself again with my Jeep and do some more overnight stays. A week would be great!

May 30th, 2014, 21:05
Any time you are ready, Mark. I'll play tour guide.

May 30th, 2014, 22:00
Very cool trip. I wish I was not so busy with work. Its killing me to see this. I could not even make the shootout.