It was another windy one again yesterday! I kept an ear on the weather radio to see just how bad it might get.
I was feeling a bit like a captive indoors, because it was SO windy that I could hardly push the door open, then had to hang on for dear life as the wind caught it, and everything indoors started a tornado and headed for the door. I had the solar panel laying flat on the ground, after almost getting launched with it while attempting to move it. Of course, you can see from my camp location on the top of a bald hill, I guess I was asking for it. But the view is great. I can see into both California and Nevada from here.
So I went for a drive into Oatman to see what was going on there. Same as before, with the 4-legged furry beggars stopping cars on the road looking for burro treats. In town, the little burros were sporting their ‘do not feed me’ stickers, as a precaution against choking on the carrots the adults are fed. Luckily, I noticed that I did not have my wallet with me – before ordering any food or beverage.
On the way back, I checked out a few more of the side roads – most of which lead to multiple old abandoned mine operations, and this one was no exception. Another near-vertical shaft; this one with no safety fencing.
The metal frame in this one is not directly related to the shaft, but has been tossed in by someone in the past. It likely had some surface purpose when the mine was operational.
Nearby, portions of the same rock seam had been excavated in several places as they searched for the best mineral potential.
I had taken the dish off the tripod as a precaution when I was gone, and the winds did not stop enough before bedtime to set it up again. I think it would have been fine, but better to be safe than sorry.
On that note, upon returning, I decided to hook the truck to the trailer, so it would act as an anchor if the trailer started to blow away. The strategy seemed to work!