Previous day - getting ready for the Warm Springs run. Alien spacecraft, or morning sunrise?
Today's plan was to check out warm springs canyon. It's a nice road up until warm springs, then it gets a bit gnarly.
Our first stop was at an old talc mine.
Joe's truck and our Trailblazer parked on the road below the mine.
Inside one of the talc mines. Notice the old 'scoops' in the tunnel. I didn't want to go in very far - these mines are really unstable since the talc is so soft.
Lots of equipment is still hanging around this mine.
Nope, not walking out there!
Here comes Chip and Robin's trucks
We drove the trucks up here - here's the lineup minus Joe's truck. A Chevy, a Nissan, and a Toyota.
Old phone/power line pole
You can see where the rock was blasted
Across the road is another tunnel and crusher
Crusher (I think?)
Talc Mine and claim post
Inside the mine - didn't go in very far, though this one looked a bit more stable.
Looking back out (the road across the way was the one our 'truck lineup' shot was taken on.)
The Mine area
Robin takes a photo of the mine entry. I take a photo of Robin.
Cool geode David and jeff found between the mine and our cars.
We drove up Warm Springs to Butte Valley, then took a side trip to check out several interesting things scattered around - a spring, petroglyphs, and a confluence.
View of from where we came.
Dead end, we take off on foot from here.
We found a nice petroglyph site, almost entirely abstract shapes.
This rock was so cool - it looks like it used to be a sea or lakebed - see the 'ripples' like you see on a sandy ocean or lake floor?
The only sheep figures I saw
There were a lot of the wiggly glyphs that probably mean rain or water. There is a water source nearby, so it makes sense.
A spring was in there somewhere. Lots of wild burro prints in the area - in fact, we saw a few as we drove out.
What a crazy glyph! Wish I knew what kind of meaning it has.
Alarm-clock glyph and view.
Looks like a mortar in this rock, though it's facing down - maybe it's fallen from it's original position and it was used as one.
What a beautiful place! The desert isn't just endless desolation.
The trucks wait for our return.
Rock road, it was pushing the clearance limits of our trailblazer.
View from the Warm Springs confluence (where latitude 36 00.000 and longitude 117 00.000 cross). We ran 1/2 mile across the desert from the 4WD road to stand here. :)
Back at Warm Spring we check out the largely intact equipment.