Monday, February 19, 2007

Richmond Basin, 1st Visit.

Finally, the rain held off long enough for us to get out in the Jeep today ... whew ... we barely escaped contracting serious case of cabin fever.
We've been reading about Richmond Basin so we decided to check out the area. There are several old silver mines in the area and we knew we'd have to make several trips there to explore it fully. We weren't disappointed at all. The beautiful scenery combined with the great Jeep trails was worth the effort. The trail in was a gradual climb through a dry riverbed up into the mountains, nothing off camber or tippy. There were a few minor washouts from the recent rains, but all could be driven comfortably. There were quite a few different trails to take, but we stayed on just a couple of them, we'll go back and explore the others as soon as the weather stays nice for a few days. We'll see if we can locate on an old map the exact location of The Silver Nugget and Silver King Mines and then try to find whatever is left of them.
It was so good to be able to get out in the Jeep again. Even as I write this, it's raining again but the weather reports are calling for clearing. Somebody please remind the National Weather Service that this IS a desert!  Send us some sunshine please.