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    Just returned from another great trip to the Alvord Desert, one of my favorite places to ride and explore! This year we will be meeting up with a group of Powered Parachute pilots and will camp, fly and ride the Alvord and surrounding area. Fun Stuff! This is a collection of everyone's photo's from the trip.



    We left the Tri-Cities at 3:30am and headed south. We made good time until we were just about there, I pulled up the hot springs on the Garmin 478...told it to take us there and went back to playing with my phone while my father drove. I wasn't really paying attention and by the time we turned off onto the gravel road and started heading down it a ways I finally looked up and thought why are the Steens way over to the West of us? Dohhhh....I had accidentally picked the White Horse hot springs instead of the Alvord springs and we just drove a long way out of our way. :baldy We turned around and headed back down the paved road and to the Alvord Lake bed...a couple hours late now.



    Here I'm holding the GPS unit....My bad :augie









    Then we had to turn the motorhome around, good thing it has a little ground clearance.









    We set up camp for the night and played around out on the Playa for awhile. Felt great to be back on the lake bed again! :clap





    The next morning we woke up and decided to head north to Mickey Hot Springs since the weather wasn't favorable for flying.



    My cousin James had brought along a vintage 1971 Suzuki RV90 to ride on this trip. This bike has been in the family for a long time and is a Veteran of many desert trips. Although it's always been reliable in the past this time it made it about 10 miles from camp and seized up tight. Here James poses for a picture right after it locked up. We left the "fat thing" here, waypointed it so we could come back with the truck and James hopped on the back on Mikes TW200. On our way again.









    I stopped here on the way to Mickey Springs to get a couple pics.









    Mike and James on the TW









    Parked at the Springs.









    Mickey Hot Springs









    Q checking out the Springs









    Another Hot Pool. There are no soakable pools here.













    This forum only allows a small number of photo's to be posted at one time. I'll break it up into smaller posts.



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    Continued From Above....



    Small Fountain Mud Pot.









    On the way back to camp Q took some great shots of these bones laying out on the Playa.













    After checking out the hot springs we worked our way back to camp for some lunch. My father and I hiked up above camp to check out a small spring and old cabin? ruins.









    My father posing with the rock ruins. No noticeable door opening, not quite sure what this was used for.









    Looking back at camp.









    With some time left before Dark my father took his minibike out on the lake bed for a spin. These are little chinese minibikes that came with 2.8hp engines, my father and I installed 6.5hp engines and torq converters on them and they flat move now! Fun fun... I linked up with my father out on the lake bed and took this picture.













    Once back at camp I decided to play with the RC aircraft a bit. I brought 3 RC's this time, the lake bed makes a great airfield! This is my home built Wild Wing, it's running a $9 china brushless motor and a 2100mah lithium Poly battery. It was pretty windy which made for a lot of fun, you could really bring it in for a slow landing.







    Here's a video of the WildWing in action.



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    Lots more to come!



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    Continued from above...



    The following morning we managed to get a flight in with the powered parachute before the wind and occasional rain showed up.



    Mike getting ready to warm up his Six Chuter Powered Parachute. This is a two place machine, cruises about 28mph...Low and Slow :thumb









    Getting ready to become airborne. I'm circling in the background playing camera duty on the 530.









    In the air!









    Shot of camp from the air.









    More flying and video footage later.



    After the flight we all gathered up and decided to head to Borax Hot springs for a nice soak, then we will head to the old abandoned Mogal Mine, then onto Fields for a world famous burger and shake!



    On our way to Borax Springs.













    I took out my canon camera and snapped these pictures as I rode past everyone.



    Here's a shot of Q on his Lifan 200cc duel sport. I've never givin much thought to chinese bikes but Q has 20,700 miles!!! on this Lifan and has yet to have any problems with it! Pretty cool for a bike that is $1300 delivered to your door!









    Molly on her Lifan powered Honda CT90.









    Leah on Q's custom Honda CT90 Conversion. It has a Lifan engine and a Honda XR100 fuel tank and front forks. Home Brew...Very Cool :thumb Leah just started riding on this trip, this shot was on her second day of riding and she was really hauling, I told her she's a natural at riding and should consider taking up ADV style biking. :deal









    Mike and his new to him TW200. Not going to miss him in that riding outfit









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    Continued From Above...





    Going around a herd of cattle on the way to the springs.









    This is the abandoned open pit Borax mining operation.









    And here everyone comes.









    The KTM sitting on the old loading ramp. There are two large steel tubs on either side of the ramp. I would love to see some pictures of this back when it was in use.









    Group shot up on the loading ramp.









    Q Checking out one of the tubs.









    Molly and Leah getting ready to leave the loading ramp and check out Borax lake.









    Q pulling up to Borax Lake.









    This is a rather large lake. It's luke warm bath temperature and is great for swimming/soaking on a hotter day. There is a large deep funnel out in the middle of the lake. The water at Borax springs/lake contains 25 times the safe level of arsenic so while its ok to soak don't drink/filter any water here.









    The underwater funnel out in the middle of the lake. I assume this is where the lake is being fed from.









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    Once we checked out the lake we walked over to the Borax Hot Springs. The springs here are true Yellowstone quality!









    Q brought along a digital thermometer so we decided to check out the different pools to see how hot they were.









    198 deg F. at this pool.









    Q took this great shot.









    The deposits around the pools was very interesting.













    My father Dan and James checking out a pool.









    We continued further down the string of hot pools to find the soakable pools at the end. 101 Deg F. Just right for a mid day soak :thumb









    Mike floating in the pool. These pools are very deep and have pretty steep banks, only a couple spots at the end allow sitting and soaking.









    Leah and Molly in at the Borax Spring.







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    Q sitting on the side and taking a soak.









    Everyone Smile



    Continued From Above...













    A close up shot of Q's custom Honda CT90. :thumb









    After the soak we headed south again to the old abandoned Mogal Mine.



    Lots more to come!



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    Continued from above...



    After leaving Borax Springs we headed south to the Mogal Mine. Here's a panoramic shot of the mine.









    The steel head frame is still standing above the mine, along with narrow gauge rails for the ore cart, the Wakashaw winch, a single throw rock crusher, and a large smelting unit.









    The Crusher









    Looking down the upper audit.









    Molly getting ready to fire up the winch.









    A different angle.









    Tag on the winch..."US Navy Property". Must have sold surpluss.









    Molly and Leah posing with the winch.









    This is the lower audit. There is very little tunnel here at this mine.









    Q and Molly looking in the mine.









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    Molly and Leah at the back of the mine. The tunnel only goes in maybe 20 feet and ends at the upward grade heading to the head frame.









    Here's a shot of the Smelting unit. This is a rather large unit for such little tunnel area at the mine. Maybe they built such a large smelting unit thinking that they had a really rich vain of ore and once they started mining the ore quickly ran out? Or maybe they had other mines in the area that they brought ore from to this smelter? Hmmm...



    Not sure exactly what was mined here. Looking at the way the smelter was set up I would guess maybe they were mining cinnabar to smelter and recover Mercury from.









    One of the two collection points.









    Looking around you can find small pieces of coal on the ground. Looks like that's what they used to stoke the furnaces.









    After checking out the mine we headed to Fields for some world famous food.



    Line up of bikes outside the Fields store.









    Group shot.









    Hmmm...food.









    Had to get in a picture of the world famous "World Famous" signs at Fields.









    As we were finishing up a group of ADV riders showed up. I briefly talked to them before we headed out, they were from CA and heading North. They had maps out trying to pick out their next destination. Very cool.



    Here's a shot of their bikes.









    After leaving Fields we headed back to camp for a bit. As evening started getting closer I decided to head to the hot springs and soak for a bit. Everyone else decided to rest around camp for a while.



    Here I just pulled up to the Alvord Hot Springs. No one here, I have the springs all to my self. Sweet. :clap









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    This is one of the two soaking pools at Alvord Springs. One is out in the open and one has a wind break built around it. There is a nice wood deck surrounding the tubs. Washing machine drums turned upside down make great seats inside the tubs.









    Looks like the Giant Loop guys have been here in the past :evil









    This is the changing room. This will come in handy the next day to change out of the rain.









    This is a small memorial to Carl. Carl lived on the edge of the lake bed just down from the hot springs. He was a avid dirt biker and took great care of the springs, always keeping it cleaned and keeping the piping working etc. I had the pleasure of meeting him once back in 02, he knew a lot of history of the local area, the surrounding mines etc. When I was through here back in 08 there was a nice picture memorial for Carl located where the ribbon is now but someone recently defaced the picture of Carl, one of the BendDualSport guys picked it up and is currently remaking it with a new picture and will return it to the shed when it's finished. :thumb



    Rest in Peace Carl.









    Soaking. The pipe in the corner controls the temp in the tub. There is a large wooden plug that you pull if you want hot water piped into the tub to regulate the temp. Works great.









    Soon everyone else showed up to enjoy the hot springs and relax. Doesn't get any better than this :thumb









    Later than evening Dave Wachs, Herald and ? (sorry spaced the name :baldy) from Bend showed up for a soak. I've talked to Dave many times on the phone and via ADV rider and it was great to finally meet the guys in person. Along with making legendary ride reports Dave and Herald make the Giant Loop Luggage that so many of us ADV riders use on our adventures.



    Didn't get any pictures of everyone soaking but did manage to snap a couple pics of the bikes. Here's a shot of Daves 950, Nice!









    And a Shot of Dave next to his bike.









    We headed back to camp and got some sleep. Another fun day tomorrow!



    Lots more to come.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodakaguy View Post
    This is one of the two soaking pools at Alvord Springs. One is out in the open and one has a wind break built around it. There is a nice wood deck surrounding the tubs. Washing machine drums turned upside down make great seats inside the tubs.









    Looks like the Giant Loop guys have been here in the past :evil









    This is the changing room. This will come in handy the next day to change out of the rain.









    This is a small memorial to Carl. Carl lived on the edge of the lake bed just down from the hot springs. He was a avid dirt biker and took great care of the springs, always keeping it cleaned and keeping the piping working etc. I had the pleasure of meeting him once back in 02, he knew a lot of history of the local area, the surrounding mines etc. When I was through here back in 08 there was a nice picture memorial for Carl located where the ribbon is now but someone recently defaced the picture of Carl, one of the BendDualSport guys picked it up and is currently remaking it with a new picture and will return it to the shed when it's finished. :thumb



    Rest in Peace Carl.









    Soaking. The pipe in the corner controls the temp in the tub. There is a large wooden plug that you pull if you want hot water piped into the tub to regulate the temp. Works great.









    Soon everyone else showed up to enjoy the hot springs and relax. Doesn't get any better than this :thumb









    Later than evening Dave Wachs, Herald and ? (sorry spaced the name :baldy) from Bend showed up for a soak. I've talked to Dave many times on the phone and via ADV rider and it was great to finally meet the guys in person. Along with making legendary ride reports Dave and Herald make the Giant Loop Luggage that so many of us ADV riders use on our adventures.



    Didn't get any pictures of everyone soaking but did manage to snap a couple pics of the bikes. Here's a shot of Daves 950, Nice!









    And a Shot of Dave next to his bike.









    We headed back to camp and got some sleep. Another fun day tomorrow!



    Lots more to come.



    Hodakaguy


    Another great ride report.



    Thank you for sharing and inviting us along.



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