Safety for off-roading through remote areas

Way out in the desert! You don’t want to get stuck out there!

For those of us who have a passion for off-roading! A friend had recently told me, he went off-roading and got stuck, so he called his wife to come out with the chains! He never thought it would happen to him! But honestly, things happen! So, I am going to give you important information, before I give you the trails!

When you decide to go out to remote areas, ALWAYS communicate and tell somebody where you are going! Even post it on Facebook, it doesn’t matter, just do it! Remember the movie 127 hours or something like that, when that guy had to cut off his arm?! He forgot to tell anyone where he was going, don’t put yourself in a bad situation!

Always bring a weapon, just to be safe, you never know what is out there and should always have a backup weapon! Especially for the ladies! I carry a gun, because I go out to remote places.

Make sure your vehicle is full of gas, full of water , stocked with food and fully tuned-up, meaning it has great breaks and is capable of anything out there! Take it in to a mechanic and have it checked out first!

Know the weather forecast, focus on the skies, use common sense! If you have common sense, you will succeed!

Make sure you have a gallon of water or more, if you bring your dog or any pet, bring extra dog food etc.! Make sure your pet has everything it needs!

If you are going on an unknown trail, test it first before you drive on it, by walking it or if you have a drone, use it! Don’t risk getting lost!

If your car does break down out there, STAY by your car, unless you know exactly where you are and can call for help, some cars, like my Jeep have a “911” button in it already installed! Just pop up the hood or trunk to De-note a “Help needed” Just remember, a car can be seen for many miles, but a person on foot can be difficult to spot!

Remember to leave wildlife alone! And if your car does get stuck way out there, make a very smoky fire using whatever you Gt, and at night make it as bright as you can!!!!! Also, bring extra blankets and warm clothing, just in case, it does get chilly at night! Happy off-roaring and Happy Halloween peeps!

Thanks for reading! Next, some trails to check out for the desert off-roading experience!

The top ghost towns in America;

We start in Arizona! With Ruby ghost town

In America, we have hundreds and hundreds of abandoned ghost towns! But, I am going to go Over the top 6, starting with Ruby ghost town here in Arizona!Now, Ruby is considered Arizona’s best preserved ghost towns. After Ruby, Vulture city ( you can read my article about it)

A building in Ruby ghost town

Ruby had it’s share of trouble from Apaches to the Mexican bandits who came to steal and murder. Ruby was founded as a mining camp in the Santa Cruz county way out in a remote area in Bear valley. The original name was Montana camp because the camp was right at the foot of Montana Peak.

Montana peak Elevation is 5,370 ft
Ruby ghost town
Equipment house in Ruby
School house
Old photo of the entire town of Ruby
The general store in the 1930’s, this is where the Mexican bandits robbed and killed the two owners, a couple.

Next, Bodie ghost town

Bodie was named after the prospector W.S Bodey, later changed to Bodie after a painter misprinted it, and many loved Bodie much better!

Bodie is located in the Bodie hills east of the Sierra Nevada mt. Range of the Mono county, California. It is 75 miles SE of Lake Tahoe, 12 miles East of Bridgeport where the elevation is 8,379 ft.

It was a boomtown in 1876 after gold was discovered. By 1879 it had ten thousand people living there.During 1877, a company named Standard co. Produced a whopping $784,523. That is $17.5 million today! Bodie is considered a “Cold” spot. Few places in the world can boast about temperature swings to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. It gets extremely cold in winter!

W.S. Bodey died in a blizzard, before he got the chance to see the town really boom. After words, people claimed that the town became cursed! Many people who have taken tokens from this ghosttown claim, they got bad luck and soon returned these items with letters that are at the rangers office in Bodie! So, if you ever take a trip to this ghost town, don’t even think about taking anything, not even a rock off the land!

Map of Bodie
Bodie is definitely One of America’s baddest ghost towns!

Church in Bodieo

Kennecott, Alaska
Kennecott mine is 322 km east of Anchorage
Bannack ghost town In Montana

Last, Batsto village, NJ
The grocery store and the Batsto mansion behind it.

Batsto village is in the South central Pinelands of New Jersey. The village stems all the way back to 1766! You can check out the Facebook page on it.

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Places to see Fall colors in Arizona

Here in the Sonora desert, the desert speaks in Fall colors

After drinking my coffee this morning, I thought about how much I love Fall! Who can’t love baggy sweaters and hot cocoa and the leaves changing into beautiful colors? I want people to know some of the best places to capture the bare essence of Fall in Arizona.

Sedona, oak creek canyon

Sedona, has bright yellow fire of Aspen trees with bright red backdrops surrounding the West fork. This is a definite must see place along with the Red rock state park. The best viewing is in October. You can take a tour on the verde canyon railroad to really see the spectacular beauty of foliage and red rock!

Next is Flaggstaff

Flaggstaff is a great place to experience Fall colors!

In Flaggstaff, head to the Coconino National Forest for great hiking and crisp air!Also, check out the Aspen trees against the dormant volcano Humphreys peak. The scenic drive on Flaggstaff Hart Prairie Rd. Is about a 7.5 mile trip and will put a smile on your face as you will see the San Francisco Peaks.

If you live around Tucson, Mt. Lemmon has always been a favorite of mine since my High school years!

Mt. Lemmon is the bomb!

Arizona is not just cacti, it is diverse and very beautiful, with lots to do! For example, you can grab apples for a freshly baked apple pie, at the Apple Annie farm in Wilcox. Also, you can take the kids through a corn maze at the Buckelew farm. Or check out the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State park, just ten miles from Superior, Az.

Well, there you have it, Arizona’ s best fall sightings, and I’m sure you may have your favorites as well, please share your ideas with us! Thank you so much for reading and Have a wonderful weekend!

Creature of the desert, Skinwalker

The Navajo people have a legendary creature called “Skinwalker” a.k.a“shapeshifters” Although, this is a creepy and sensitive topic, I want people to be open about the topic. I want people to know the world is a place with many mysteries we don’t understand and are very scared to accept the things we don’t understand . Try to open up our minds. The photo above is not fake and was taken by a real person!

In the Navajo culture, the Skinwalker is a witch that can change into an animal like a dog, coyote, Fox, owls, or crows. This witch is called “ye naaldooshi” by the Navajo, meaning it goes on all fours. This is considered just one of the most dangerous.

The Navajo are a peaceful people and believe in both good and evil and that the Skinwalker are their to protect the land from strangers.

Skinwalker are mostly encountered around Native American reservations, but are spotted throughout America. The most common place is “The skin walker ranch” in Utah.

In ancient Meso America they call Skinwalker, Naguel. In order for the indigenous man or woman to shapeshift, they must make a pact with the devil.

A pre-Columbia’s chatino stela depicting a naguel transforming into a jaguar
A “Skinwalker”

Shapeshifting can happen in Native American dances, songs and through wardances. They dress in feathers and animal pelts in order to activate the animal spirit. Many people claim to have seen Skinwalker sand many stories are told, you ask is it possible, the answer is “anything is possible” Just as people have seen “Bigfoot, the rake, ghosts, the Loch Ness” monster! Hundreds of people are coming out and telling their stories. All I can say is “Be careful out there” especially on Halloween.

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