Yucca Valley to Lucerne

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Re: Yucca Valley to Lucerne

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Chloride Arizona huh, I pass that whenever I go to the Phoenix area. One early morning as I was traveling through I decided to get off the highway and drive to Chloride to shoot some Photos of the old mining equipment and buildings. When I got there the sun was just coming-up and the town looked like it was still sleeping. Well being a tourist I didn't want to be cruising around looking at things and having a local get suspicious so I took off. Someday I'll drive over there later in the day, the town looks interesting.
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Re: Yucca Valley to Lucerne

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The area Lee was in for the 1st segment of his pictures is nice temps even this time of year. IMHO, I’d rather be in that area, than in Barstow this time of year.

There are many structures in that area, some of them must have been beautiful in there day, some are still used often and are being maintained.

I really enjoy some of the rock formations and the way the conifers and Joshua Trees grow together at this elevation.

One thing I like about Lees reports is he doesn’t give locations on the net. THANKS Lee

BTW, thanks for sharing. 8-)
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I only remember Chloride as a child. Uncle Harvey's wife was my father's sister. We use to visit Chloride every summer in the late 1940's. When Harvey and Nellie moved to Oro Grande we only made it over there a couple of times. I remember most Aunt Nellie having a window swamp cooler in the car when they crossed the desert. She would pack it with ice and water. I rode from Chloride to Needles one time with them. It certainly was better than nothing at all. Harvey could build just about anything. He built their first window cooler for the car, but eventually bought a factory built one because it was more streamlined. I suppose I would call this surviving the summer desert. When I was growing up in Christmas, AZ there were no factory constructed water coolers that we could afford at the time. My father made our cooler out of Hercules powder boxes, burlap, copper tubing and an old fan. His cooler was quite efficient for one room or maybe two. I have some wonderful memories of growing up in the desert. We kids roomed the hills all summer just messing around looking for rocks. Sometimes we walked down to the Gila River and did some cat fishing.
It was one mile down to the river and a long walk back up Christmas Hill. Just thought I would share for fun.

"Today's memories are yesterdays adventures."

Tom K.
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