I was parked by one of those gravel piles near the ET Highway, just south of Coyote Summit. Based on Google Earth, probably here:
I was waiting for the low altitude A-10s to egress from Red Flag. Based on previous observations, they were known to fly in the general area when
leaving the range.
I saw a white truck turn down the road, driving like he stole it.
I recognized it as one of the camo dude Ford Raptors, but I hadn't seen anyone go up the road for the dude to chase. While it would have been fun to
follow the dude, I was waiting for the low flying aircraft. About 15 minutes later, I saw a dust cloud coming down the road. I prepared to get a photo
of what I expected to be the dude returning, but it turned out to be the truck of shall we say a private citizen.
Fortunately, the truck driver and occupant decided to visit with me. Without revealing too much, it turned out that the driver was one of the old
guard that used to hang around the base in the Glenn Campbell (not the singer) era. He was passing through the area and decided to check out some
spots he used to visit. He got the idea (and not a good one) to go driving down one of the washes and got stuck. It took a while for the two of them
to dig out the truck. Further, the truck was in a place where the camera on Bald Mountain couldn't see them, hence the code-3 camo dude response.
Eventually the camo dude, who had approached from probably the front gate, had to drive back down to the ET Highway. Now the dudes also have an
"overland" route back to the front guard shack, but the roads around the range are presently in terrible shape due to recent heavy rainfall. [Parts of
route 6 were shut down for repair a few days earlier, as well as route 93.] Thus I suspect the dude didn't want to drive all the way back to the gate
on dirt. However, he had to get past my camera. So I got a few good shots of these new (maybe from the last 18 months) trucks.
Here is the side profile. It is denoted as 6.2 L (liter), which makes for one bad ass truck.
The tires are BF Goodrich all terrain, probably the best offroad tire you can get. [Not so good on the road, especially in the rain.] That black pod
on the top of the cab might be for the trunk radio system, though it looks more like a Sirius satellite antenna.
This is the front view.
It has a skid plate, always a good idea for offroading. The dude appears to have shifted to the passenger seat. I believe he was trying to get the
license plate of the private citizen's truck.
This is a blow up of the camo dude truck interior:
Clearly using binocs, and for once, not pointing at me!
edit on 3-8-2012 by gariac because: typo