Saturday, January 18, 2014

Not All Our Trips Are Worthy of Envy! Or: A Visit to a Roadside Trash-Heap!

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - and

When you often write about having visited exciting spots like Hawaii, Australia, and Paris, its a good idea to be remind everyone that those are the exceptions rather than the rule.  Most of our time is often spent driving from city to city in the American west through the waste lands of the Mojave and Colorado deserts.  These drives can either be at speeds where nothing is noticable, such as on the I-15 and I-40, or at speeds where everything is noticeable as you bump your way along a non-graded road or snow plow your way through loose sand.


Where do we find the incredible "archeological treasure" shown below?  

Cal-Nev-Ari, Nevada.  Yep, that is what they named this 278 resident, truck-stop, and small casino town, on the pretty empty 90 mile stretch of US 95 between the Nevada gambling meccas of Laughlin and Las Vegas.  I'm not being sarcastic about Laughlin; we like Laughlin.  Nice, clean, resort-style rooms in Laughlin are reasonably priced, have nice views of the Colorado River, decent food, and one of the few bars having my elixir of choice, La Fin Du Monde.  It was at the Aquarius, in Laughlin, that Joanie and I spent the night after my three-day torture session called the California Bar Exam (passed of course), and the last place and time we got drunk (July, 2010).  

The Aquarius Resort at Sunrise

Just keep in mind that back in April 2002, Laughlin was the scene of a deadly fight between two rival California motorcycle gangs, the Hells Angels and the Mongols. The fight broke out inside Harrah's Laughlin during the annual Laughlin River Run. Mongol Anthony Barrera, 43, was stabbed to death, and two Hells Angels, Jeramie Bell, 27, and Robert Tumelty, 50, were shot to death. Six members of the Hells Angels, as well as six members of the Mongols were sent to prison as a result of the event, and 36 other people had their charges dismissed.

We have written about this general area on several occasions before (Christmas Tree Pass; Willow Beach Big Horns.)


Well, enough of the small talk...

This "dump" is apparently the ruins of a mine and the mine's support buildings.  We zoomed passed it one day on US93, thinking it was pure junk, but decided to come back the next day and check it out.  As can be seen by the position of the sun, this was late afternoon.

Looking Up Towards US93

Taken with a 10.5 mm
I like the barrel distortion produced by a 10.5 lens, though not enough to spend the $700 or so on the lens.  I tend to rent the lens from Samys Camera.

Sun Behind Ruins

Stairway to Nowhere

Sun Blocked

Wood Frame Construction

Call the Roofer Please

Nice Coloring...I mean rust!

A Photo With Flare!


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