Day 4 Exploring Around the Stillwater Mountain Range in Nevada

Wednesday September 30, 2020 Stillwater Mountain Range Nevada

Desert running

This was last nights camp spot at a place by Mountain Wells on a little hill top. A nice pleasant night.camp1

 

Leaky heater core

After breakfast Marty decided to disconnect his heater as the core was leaking fluid which wasn’t good. The easiest way to fix the problem was just to disconnect the heater hoses which he did.hoses2

 

What’s that

Just down the road from our camp we could see some white rocks around something so we stopped there to check it out. It turned out to be a big water valve from Mountain Wells and the rocks were to protect it. It didn’t appear to be in service anymore.valve3

 

A main road

We got back on the main road and headed down it for a spell going about 35 miles an hour watching for big bumps. Not much traffic.road4

 

We passed by these cattle taking it easy.cattle5

 

We turned up this road and drove a spell until we came back onto a main road.road6

 

Traffic not much

We stopped here for a map check and two trucks came by, the only ones we saw all day.truck7

 

Missed the jets bombing

We saw a big billows of smoke off in the distance where some jets were bombing so drove up this road for a better view and maybe have lunch too. The bombing stopped just as we got up there.road8

 

Lunch spot

Marty was ahead of me and drove up into the creek area and radioed not to come up as he was going to have a hard time turning around and getting back out so I waited for him to return and we had lunch here by an old mine.lunch9

 

Wild horses

As we were sitting there having lunch some wild horses came by going to the water in the creek.horses10

 

Stuck shifting lever

Marty’s van was having a transfer case shifting problem so he had to get under there and work on it so he’d have four wheel drive when he needed it. Always something to do on these old vans.shifter11

 

Hunting a camp spot

Once we left the  lunch spot we were looking for a place to camp up in the hills if possible so we took this road that went up into the hills and dead ended up there a few miles ahead. All the trails are made from a bunch of wild horses in the area going to a water hole up where we are going to camp.road12

 

Lots of wild horses at the watering hole

This was the old road we followed up the hill and the dust, off to the right is wild horses racing away from the water hole as they didn’t like us much coming into their space.horses12

 

As we approached the water hole area lots of wild horses were running out away from it as they didn’t like us in their area and likely headed for another water hole.

Water hole

We made camp just above this water hole the horses were using.sorubg13

 

Walk to the mining area

After dinner I walked up to where they had done some mining.

This was the ore they had mined and I know not of what it was made. It must have been low grade as they didn’t work this mining area much.ore14

 

Tonight’s camp spot

It was about a  half hour before dark when I came back down from the mining area to our camp site below.camp15

 

It’s a  nice peaceful camp spot with not too many neighbors.camp16

 

Plans

Tomorrow we are headed for a big mining area in the Humboldt Mountain Range just below Lovelock Nevada to explore around and I’m not sure where this might get posted from or when.

Nice day exploring around the desert.

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