Day 518: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 9

I decided to fly this morning.  Here I’m power testing the motor:

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And away!

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It’s interesting how different the valley looks from 1,000 feet up:

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Furnace Creek Ranch is left of center in this photo:

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Coming in to land:

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There’s another PPG pilot here, flying a quad buggy instead of foot launch.  This is the only aircraft being stored at the airport today:

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Packed up and ready to head back to the RV:

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Here’s my flight path:

This afternoon we drove up to the Greenwater Valley.  The goal was to visit three town sites from the days of Death Valley mining from 1900 to 1910.  Our first stop was the town site of Furnace.  Nothing remains of the settlement, so we hiked up to look at an old mine:

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The mine has been capped to prevent foolish tourists from being hurt:

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The concrete pad is probably the base for the winch used to pull mine cars up the shaft:

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Not much copper was found here, but traces of other green minerals like malachite can be found on rocks here:

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Another capped mine:

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This piece of rusting metal is all that remains of Furnace:

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Another mine:

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Next we visited the town site of Kunze, where several stone building still stand, at least partially:

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This house now has an unintentional skylight:

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The artifacts and furniture here are probably about 110 years old:

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Lots of old broken glass around here:

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Trish found an old spoon:

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The town can dump?

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Another mine:

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This mine opening was large, and stones thrown in took a good 6 seconds to hit bottom, so the shaft must be pretty deep:

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Our last stop was the town site of Greenwater.  Nothing remains except a modern sculpture made from antique debris collected here:

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We had a great time learning about this aspect of Death Valley’s history!

Day 517: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 8
Day 519: Death Valley Visit 2, Day 10

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