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post #2791 of 3502 Old 10-31-2011, 03:07 PM
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While 4 wheelin here on the Big Island of Hawaii, we were up about 9-10 thousand feet on the side of Mauna Kea and got to a Navy jet crash from the seventy's. Lots of wreckage scattered everywhere, Heard later that there was a body still there up to about 10 years ago... One of my favorite off road adventures!

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post #2792 of 3502 Old 11-03-2011, 09:28 PM
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Back in the 1990's I visited Elkford, B.C. in the Canadian Rockies, to see my uncle. He took my sister and I out in his new f-250 4x4 to break it in. We ended up way out in the woods on a trail, and almost ran over a grizzly. My uncle slammed on the brakes and we slid right up to the bear, who was crossing the road. The hump over his shoulders was higher than the hood. He just ambled across the road and into the woods like he had no worries. Ok...I am a city slicker so that may only be cool to me.

Later, he showed us a burning coal seam, ignited by lightning. The ground around it was hot and kind of spongy. I remember the rocks in the actual fire hole were white hot and it was amazing to look at, like looking straight into hell. This is a link to a description http://www.tourismelkford.ca/Burning%20Coal%20Seam.html. It reminds me of that town burning in Pennsylvania.
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Later, he showed us a burning coal seam, ignited by lightning. The ground around it was hot and kind of spongy. I remember the rocks in the actual fire hole were white hot and it was amazing to look at, like looking straight into hell. This is a link to a description http://www.tourismelkford.ca/Burning%20Coal%20Seam.html. It reminds me of that town burning in Pennsylvania.
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That town in Pennsylvania is Centralia (located in Northeast PA). Definitely an interesting to place to explore. I don't think as many roads and areas are open anymore, but definitely worth a visit. While you are near there, the area outside of Shamokin contains interesting "coal ruins" as well.

Here's a book about Centralia: http://www.amazon.com/Day-Earth-Caved-American-Tragedy/dp/0812971302/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320444582&sr=8-1
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There are some amazing stories in here, but I have to agree with some of the other comments that pepper this thread: reading over some of these experiences makes me feel like I'll never be able to go exploring without a firearm again.
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While hunting back in the mid-80’s near Naples, Florida, I turned a corner on a dirt road and spooked some guys unloading some ( ? ) from a plane and into a van. Thank God I was in my 4brl 351w Bronco and not my 6cly CJ5, nothing like the feeling of doing 100+ mph off-road and no bullet holes when it was all over. Pucker factor was very high!

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I know exactly the area you're talking about, in fact it used to be my favorite place to wheel when I lived in Naples.

The area is hundreds of abandoned of paved miles of roads in one of Americas greatest land scams. It's all state owned now.

"In the 1970s Golden Gate Estates’ abandoned roads, particularly Everglades Boulevard, were used as landing strips for DC-3s landed with South American drugs."

The crazy thing is that drug trade still goes on out there. A few years back my friend was out there as a helicopter making some sort of drop touched down and he too ran.

It's a cool area with some major history behind it

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post #2796 of 3502 Old 11-10-2011, 08:06 PM
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I came around a corner once onto some private property that separates public fourwheeling trails and it was the kind that was ok to ride on slow. but the owner nailed a ton of random things to trees everything from hub caps to headless raggedy Anne dolls. It was super creepy and every single leaf and stick or anything that was a plant and not a tree was picked up. Needless to say i didnt stay too long

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Just read all of this over 3 days... BUMP FOR MORE STORIES!!!
I agree great stories there's gotta b more out there
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Not too unusual. Found an old car while I was bird hunting the other day. Anybody have ideas about the model? Looks like an old Studebaker.


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The "V" on the hood makes me want to think a Cadillac.

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Yeah, I didn't think of that. Maybe an old Chrysler logo?

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That is an early 50s Cadillac. I think it is a 1953 or 1954.

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post #2802 of 3502 Old 11-17-2011, 08:36 AM
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Found this old railroad between Roan Mountain and Hampton TN. Several old tunnels with the tracks still there, they look like they were all cut in by hand (and boomsticks). The one trestle is about 40 feet off the river and roughly50 yards long. The main steel beams are as wide as a sidewalk, but still scary to walk! It was also built with all the support structure underneath, unlike the other one. Any engineers able to tell me possibly why. And yes, you do have to walk over the top!



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Found this old railroad between Roan Mountain and Hampton TN. Several old tunnels with the tracks still there, they look like they were all cut in by hand (and boomsticks). The one trestle is about 40 feet off the river and roughly50 yards long. The main steel beams are as wide as a sidewalk, but still scary to walk! It was also built with all the support structure underneath, unlike the other one. Any engineers able to tell me possibly why. And yes, you do have to walk over the top!
That's Cool. The tracks look like a narrow gauge rail line tho. I wonder if it was used to get stuff from either a mine or fields to a depot to be loaded on a regular train.

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That's Cool. The tracks look like a narrow gauge rail line tho. I wonder if it was used to get stuff from either a mine or fields to a depot to be loaded on a regular train.
You are right, it was used to transport iron ore and timber. The last bit of it was used sometime in the late twenties or thirties. I've talked to the family that used to own the logging company way back when.

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"... The main steel beams are as wide as a sidewalk, but still scary to walk! It was also built with all the support structure underneath, unlike the other one. Any engineers able to tell me possibly why. And yes, you do have to walk over the top!"

That's called a Warren truss. In most cases, they're built so as not to disrupt the view from the bridge. A truss is a truss - it doesn't matter which surface is used to travel on, or whether or not it's "upside down"

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