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    Unhappy brian10x RIP (nearly) looking for BD

    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, these pictures cannot come close to showing the predicament I got myself into.

    In my eternal quest (now in the re-evaluation stage) to find the BD, I ramrodded the trusty Kawasaki up the backside of the Dragoon mountains, hoping to sneak down and ambush the ghosts at BD from behind.

    Picking my lines carefully, I was making good progress, football-sized rocks giving way beneath my tires as I inched closer to the peak.

    Then I hit a soft spot where my right rear dug in, and the entire front of the ATV started doing a wheelie, nearly toppling over backwards.

    The pictures look terribly tame by comparison, as I was inconsiderate enough to dismount and back the ATV to safety (walking along side of it) and wait until my hands stopped shaking to take these pictures. At the time, the front end was pointed to the sky and a sheer drop off was right over my right shoulder.

    So, no, today, I did not locate the Black Diamond mine. Fug it. They can keep the dang thing.


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    Unhappy Part II

    Not wanting my trip to be a total waste, I took a side trail to locate a lesser mine.

    I was making good progress until I encountered a washed-out section of trail. I have found out these ATVs are great on trails EXCEPT the rider (ME) makes the vehicle exceptionaly top-heavy and very prone to tipping. (see last post!)

    There just wasn't a good line to follow, and the dirt was really soft from recent rains. Ok, butthead, so what to do now?

    Backing down would have been begging for disaster, so I had to find a way to turn it around. Well, this time, the right front went airborn. Two times in one day. The only way was to dismount and turn the beast an inch or two at a time forwards then back, until it was pointing downhill. It took nearly 30 minutes and a gallon of sweat, as I was in constant fear that I would either run the machine over the berm and into a bottomless drop, or run myself over trying to move this thing while dismounted.
    Again, the picture is taken after my hands stopped shaking and I was fairly certain it wasn't going to topple over on top of me. Now I know why they say never go out alone.

    At least I found this cool cyanide tank (?) I think. Whoopee.

    One ATV for sale. Slight brown stain on the seat. best offer.
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    Oh my goodness Brian! I know, you know what a lucky puppy you are to not have rolled that thing! Are you trying to blaze a trail to the Black Diamond? I don't see a road in those pictures...and don't forget, if you do try again to find it, if there's a rancher running any cattle, more likely that not, there will be barbed wire fencing blocking an assault from the sides and rear of your destination.
    I know you say right now that you're not going back, but maybe after your stomach knots untie and you can pry the remainder of your butt off the seat of the ATV, you'll try again. What about the "conventional" method... talking to the rancher?
    Glad you made it back safely, rattled, but all in one piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA
    Oh my goodness Brian! I know, you know what a lucky puppy you are to not have rolled that thing! Are you trying to blaze a trail to the Black Diamond? I don't see a road in those pictures...and don't forget, if you do try again to find it, if there's a rancher running any cattle, more likely that not, there will be barbed wire fencing blocking an assault from the sides and rear of your destination.
    I know you say right now that you're not going back, but maybe after your stomach knots untie and you can pry the remainder of your butt off the seat of the ATV, you'll try again. What about the "conventional" method... talking to the rancher?
    Glad you made it back safely, rattled, but all in one piece.
    Thanks for the kind words, Laura. The "ranch" was little more than a small wharehouse and a few sheds. I couldn't find anyone around to ask, OR an address on the place for further research.

    I wish I had one of those ultralight planes, so I could see this place from above.

    I'm starting to re-think this ATV thing. My trucks were too large for the trails, the VW didn't have 4WD, and I'm not certain my Jeep would have made it. I DO NOT like the idea of an ATV landing on top of me. either. A Wrangler like yours is probably the best bet, but I once drove a Suzuki Samurai (not made anymore, thank you Consumer Reports ) and the darn thing was unstoppable. If it wasn't for having to pass emissions here, I'd buy an old one and yank the emissions crap and make it a four-wheeled mountain goat.
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    We've often thought the same thing, wish we could see an overhead view of the area we're trying to reach. If it's the same thing down your way, satellite imagery doesn't get close enough to discern the kind of information you're looking for. We've even thought about walking in, but later realized when we approached the destination that it would have been at least a couple of miles...uphill
    As for making it in the Wrangler, dang, it sure gets tippy in that thing and tipping toward a 300 ft drop-off isn't my idea of fun.

    ummm are you aware that the "Black Diamond" (the gem) carries a curse on it? Hope the curse didn't get confused and transfer itself to your mine!

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    Are you sure that this thing wants to be found?
    Maybe you have got your own little Gravity Hill/Gates of **** thing going on there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NWNative
    Are you sure that this thing wants to be found?
    Maybe you have got your own little Gravity Hill/Gates of **** thing going on there!
    I think you are right. As the old saying goes, you got to know when to cut the cheese and give up, or something like that.

    Besides, the darn mine is probably haunted, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian10x
    I think you are right. As the old saying goes, you got to know when to cut the cheese and give up, or something like that.
    "A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance."
    Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 - 1860

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA
    "A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance."
    Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 - 1860
    Or as us tough guys would say: "Its not the kill, its the thrill of the chase"

    On to the Mystery mine.
    (Thanks for the tip)
    See listing under Gleeson-
    http://www.mindat.org/lsearch.php?tl...Arizona,%20USA
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    Too bad Tuscon is so far away, I'd wonder down there and help you out

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