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Las Vegas Trip

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posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 01:56 AM
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originally posted by: FosterVS

originally posted by: TStoops88
a reply to: gariac

Do you happen to know when the best time of day would be to visit Creech and Nellis?


Usually a waste of time hanging around the fence at Nellis AFB on a weekend.

I have seen a drone(s) flying almost every time I have visited Creech. Not sure if they fly a lot, or I am just lucky. Maybe gariac already mentioned it, but they get pissy at Creech if you park on the base side of the highway. You can park on the other side all day, and they can't do bugger all.

www.topsecretbases.com...


Back in the day, I was in the casino parking lot shooting video of the Thunderbirds. A Jeep comes at me at high speed with red and blue lights. I assume they were military police. One guy asks me to turn the camcorder off. Then they say they don't want any video shot from their side of the highway. I say "The Thunderbirds...what..I'm a spy for the Blue Angels." The guy who wasn't doing the talking cracked a smile, but the talker was emphatic that my arse did not belong on that side of the highway. No problem on the other side.

I don't often catch Predator launches, but from the prison road I generally see drones flying around. They don't go very high so you need some altitude.

I've noticed on Google Earth that there are dirt roads leading to the hills right behind the town of Indian Springs. That might be an alternate viewing location. But the road to Cold Creek is so easy.

What I haven't seen is how Creech drones make their way to Ft. Irwin. In theory, they would need chase planes for "eyes." That is how they legally fly drones in the Mojave desert.




posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 02:07 AM
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a reply to: FosterVS



If I did the upload correctly, you should see a shot from the Tikaboo camera that I saved this morning.



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 08:14 PM
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originally posted by: gariac
a reply to: FosterVS
If I did the upload correctly, you should see a shot from the Tikaboo camera that I saved this morning.


Never take the desert in Nevada for granted.

edit on 30-3-2016 by FosterVS because: (no reason given)



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 10:29 PM
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Ah yes, one thing people from warmer climates need to pack is an ice scraper for your windshield. These aren't exactly easy to find in coastal areas, but any plastic scraper will do. Wal-Mart has them in the paint section.

Most cars have their antifreeze temp set low enough that the cold of Nevada isn't an issue, but windshield washer fluid is another story. On the left coast, the wiper fluid stocked is the 32 degree F type. This is to reduce volatile organic compounds in the air. I make it a point to get the cold weather fluid at the NAPA auto parts store in Tonopah. The grocery store in Alamo has the low temperature fluid as well.

I've been around the range on January. They don't plow the ET Highway. Hancock Summit can be covered with black ice. I'm sure the white bus driver has some good stories.

There are a few winter shots on this page. They aren't from late March snow but rather January.

www.lazygranch.com...

If you get stranded in Central Nevada, you most likely will not have phone service. That is why I suggest the "Inreach" satellite messenger. (It may be a Garmin product now since Garmin bought Delorme. ) If you are a ham, there are repeaters in Tonopah, Warm Springs (believe it or not), and on Angels Peak near Mt. Charleston. The Warm Springs repeater is linked, otherwise probably nobody would be in range to answer. I don't have the frequencies handy, but they should be online.
warm springs repeater

"Bumpers" is the towing company in Tonopah. You better have cash or a credit card. In most parts of the US, old cars find their way to a new life as rebar. But for a remote junkyard like Bumpers, they don't haul them away often. I only poked around there once, but they had some 30 year old beasts there.

The other odd thing about Tonopah is the locally refined gas. Most gas in Nevada is reminded in California. But Central Nevada is this isolated economy. They refine gas in the Railroad Valley. The only reason I mention it is when gas was getting close to $5 on the left coast, it was really cheap in Tonopah. Like somebody forgot to tell the stations to jack up the price since their manufacturing hadn't change a bit.



posted on Mar, 30 2016 @ 11:52 PM
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a reply to: gariac

You have a lot of research under your belt have you ever thought of doing an AMA?



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 03:34 AM
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originally posted by: B2StealthBomber
a reply to: gariac

You have a lot of research under your belt have you ever thought of doing an AMA?


Uh, I don't think so. ;-)

What would make an interesting AMA are those people that have actually moved to Rachel, even for a few months.



posted on Mar, 31 2016 @ 01:51 PM
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originally posted by: gariac
a reply to: FosterVS

Ah yes, one thing people from warmer climates need to pack is an ice scraper for your windshield.


Where I live (Canada? That country to your north? Ask Britney Spears where it is) it regularly gets to -30°F most winters. Well, except recently with all the global warming. My truck goes to Nevada prepped for >-40°F



posted on Apr, 1 2016 @ 09:23 AM
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I'm pretty sure 50:50 mix is the minimum for any car in the US, simply because of the anti-corrosion properties. That does a bit better than -30 deg F. And in reality if your wiper fluid is the plain 32 deg F stuff, probably nothing will break due to the Central Nevada cold. But I like to be prepared. That Tonopah NAPA is as good any I've been too. Ranchers need the good stuff.

Tonopah has a hardware store on the route 6 size. I needed a metric bolt for a satellite dish arm. No problem. Anything else you need in that town...well you probably won't find it. The one grocery store is very expensive. Most people stock up in Vegas.

I forgot a lawn chair and found the Dollar General on the south side of Tonopah well stocked. The place was like a warehouse.

Wifi is another story. Everyone is password protected. The 4g phone cellular is like 2G speed. Unless you book a room and get a password, you better make sure you have all the files you need before head out to the range.

Stating the obvious here, don't expect your phone to function as a GPS unless you store maps on it.



posted on Apr, 15 2016 @ 10:58 PM
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No trip report?

I noticed it was just shy of freezing in Tonopah on 4/14/2016. It has been around 27 deg C on Tikaboo at night in the same time frame.



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