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railexplorer
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9/10/2015
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To "celebrate/mourn" the last day of summer vacation my oldest son and I took a trip out to the Boulevard area to spend a bit of time looking at some railroad sites. He's been itching to head out to the desert and Carrizo Gorge but weather has prevented us, so the Boulevard/ Jacumba area was an acceptable substitute. In our hiking around we came across this

Mortero by Rail explorer




This was his first mortero outside of the ones he had seen at Mission Trails park. He was excited to see something "old" and then proceeded to launch into a conversation about how old it might be. The "find" was a major hightlight of the trip. He still brings it up a week later and has told a lot of his friends about finding it. He's even more motivated for desert season.
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ziphius
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9/11/2015
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Yep, good find! Glad he is excited about history. Speaking of which, a screening of the film Impossible Railroad will take place on 17 September at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown San Diego. I might go check it out. smile

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9/11/2015
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Good find....Mission Trails has some unique "Cuyamaca Ovals" which are rare in the desert areas. It has been hot lately, Tom and I got out to McCain Valley last weekend over labor day, found Thunder Cyn but it was nothing spectacular without roping down in.

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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
a screening of the film Impossible Railroad will take place on 17 September at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown San Diego. I might go check it out. smile
Thanks for the heads up...I put it on my calendar.

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9/11/2015
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Nice to see you and your son were getting out, railexplorer. As Daren mentioned, we were out north of you in the McCain Valley area. Here's Daren checking out a possible entrance to Thunder Canyon:

Daren by tomteske, on Flickr

The Window by tomteske, on Flickr

Inside by tomteske, on Flickr

Maybe a new find.

Black Stripe Cave Pano_yxx by tomteske, on Flickr

At McCain Valley and Canebrake Roads. The ridge to the left will have wind turbines 2-3 rows deep and the road north of Cottonwood campground will have a string of them. Enjoy this view while it lasts. Sorry for hijacking your thread, railexplorer! Thread Hijack!

McCain Valley Rd and Canebrake Rd by tomteske, on Flickr
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9/11/2015
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Well...it was **a** entrance, the real one is nearby...I think that headlamp makes me look fat....Whaaaaa?


tommy750 wrote:
Here's Daren checking out a possible entrance to Thunder Canyon:



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9/12/2015
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tommy750 wrote:
Nice to see you and your son were getting out, railexplorer. As Daren mentioned, we were out north of you in the McCain Valley area. Here's Daren checking out a possible entrance to Thunder Canyon:


At McCain Valley and Canebrake Roads. The ridge to the left will have wind turbines 2-3 rows deep and the road north of Cottonwood campground will have a string of them. Enjoy this view while it lasts. Sorry for hijacking your thread, railexplorer! Thread Hijack!

McCain Valley Rd and Canebrake Rd by tomteske, on Flickr


No worries about the hijacking..... It truly amazes me how all the "green" energy projects completely wreck the very thing they claim to protect.

My son does love to explore especially when it comes to railroads and history. One of his upcoming trips is to go see a couple of Gen. Patton's WWII camps East of Amboy.



Daren the headlamp doesn't make you look fat. But that rock in front of you........that might be another story.
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9/20/2015
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Tom and I got out again this weekend for another McCain Valley backpack trip, the stars were beautiful and the temps warm.

Heading down the Pepperwood trail, I have crossed that saddle in the far distance a couple of times now, it drops down into Potrero


Track Erasers


We were not the first to travel here, some very old and faded paintings




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9/21/2015
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Was nice to get out and will definitely agree the weather at night was great. Was 88 when we got back, however. Pepperwood Spring was dry but hopefully the rains expected today will help to get it going again.

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9/21/2015
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I think Daren is over collecting mylars and has found a new love smile
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9/21/2015
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tommy750 wrote:
I think Daren is over collecting mylars and has found a new love smile
Surprisingly there were no mylars found on this trip..maybe I got all of them....

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9/21/2015
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tommy750 wrote:
Was nice to get out and will definitely agree the weather at night was great. Was 88 when we got back, however. Pepperwood Spring was dry but hopefully the rains expected today will help to get it going again.





Ah, it looks like your tent is framed by Red Top on the right and her taller, unnamed sister to the left. Time to start thinking about a 2nd ascent trip, I'll send invites.... Thumbs Up Any nighttime foot traffic during your stay?

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9/21/2015
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
Ah, it looks like your tent is framed by Red Top on the right and her taller, unnamed sister to the left. Time to start thinking about a 2nd ascent trip, I'll send invites.... Thumbs Up Any nighttime foot traffic during your stay?
No nocturnal visitors I saw...let me know when you want to summit RT again...

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9/22/2015
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Jim (ziphius) wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Was nice to get out and will definitely agree the weather at night was great. Was 88 when we got back, however. Pepperwood Spring was dry but hopefully the rains expected today will help to get it going again.




Ah, it looks like your tent is framed by Red Top on the right and her taller, unnamed sister to the left. Time to start thinking about a 2nd ascent trip, I'll send invites.... Thumbs Up Any nighttime foot traffic during your stay?


Didn't see any "through hikers" on our trip but some of their discarded gear was around as might be expected. Daren found someone's ID out there. Searched ICE Detention records to see if any hits but didn't get any. I'd be game for a Red Top trip.
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