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Hi all,

 I know some of us really enjoy visiting esoteric locations, over the years I have come across these lesser known areas while planning rides. I sometimes struggle to remember what interwebs rabbit hole I stumbled down to get the information. Sooo, I thought I would start putting links and photos in one location that we could all access. Please feel free to add anything you come across.

 

I'd like to find the location of the Rockwood gate failure. ie how the Salton sea was created) Would cool to trace some of the old water canals on a ride!

https://www.iid.com/home/showdocument?id=4900

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Hey Jon

Cool idea

From what I understand the Rockwood gate was actually in Mexico, the New River (now a polluted stream), and the Alamo River (I think)  were formed when it failed.

 

I ran across something of some minor historical significance out in the McCain area. Starting back in the 1920's the US Gov built a bunch of these "Beacons" to guide aircraft. Because there was no sophisticated navigation systems. These used searchlight type beacons and big cement arrows. There is one of these out at McCain. I've been in contact with some of the folks at these websites and sending them pics. This one was on the Tucson to San Diego route. Info and Links are below.

                   

Station Description 

Described by Coast and Geodetic Survey 1954 (LSB)

Airway Beacon No. 5 is a standard beacon approximately 50 feet high, flashing white.  It is located about 50 miles east of San Diego, 40 miles west of El Centro and 3-1/2 miles north-northeast of Live Oak Springs.  The point observed upon was the revolving white light.                            

 

http://sometimes-interesting.com/2013/12/04/concrete-arrows-and-the-u-s-airmail-beacon-system/

https://thesurveystation.com/airway-beacons/

http://www.dreamsmithphotos.com/arrow/

 

Beacon small.jpg

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While searching "freediving Black canyon" I stumbled across this (ridden past so many times)... 

 

Hike black canyon San Diego

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/apr/02/roam-lower-black-canyon/%3famp&page=all#ampshare=https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/apr/02/roam-lower-black-canyon/

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On 7/21/2017 at 7:35 PM, 97xr400r said:

 I sometimes struggle to remember what interwebs rabbit hole I stumbled down to get the information.

Haha. It is more like Alice's Mirror for me... Good Thread.

Being a Clamper, I like to find out more about the locations we visit and make a point of visiting the Clamper Plaques in that area.

Here is a little interesting tidbit on Borego. Don't fall in too far.

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/1997/january/borrego/

 

S

 

 

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   Ha,  The things you learn.   Borrego means Lamb in Spanish.   Sheep herders watered their flocks at the location in the early 20th century.  Un-informed me mistakenly has been using the term to mean desert or desert canyon.  

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On 7/27/2017 at 11:21 PM, 97xr400r said:

While searching "freediving Black canyon" I stumbled across this (ridden past so many times)... 

 

Hike black canyon San Diego

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/apr/02/roam-lower-black-canyon/%3famp&page=all#ampshare=https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/apr/02/roam-lower-black-canyon/

used to swim there all the time as a kid growing up in Ramona. Spooky tales of gravity hill were tested as well. Yes.. it works

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On 8/1/2017 at 8:47 PM, Spyder said:

Haha. It is more like Alice's Mirror for me... Good Thread.

Being a Clamper, I like to find out more about the locations we visit and make a point of visiting the Clamper Plaques in that area.

Here is a little interesting tidbit on Borego. Don't fall in too far.

http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/1997/january/borrego/

 

S

 

 

Clamper eh? My dad has been a clamper for some 15 years or more with Squibob chapter. Im sure Ill join one day... Ive been to many clamp sites, plaques and especially the watering holes.  E Clampmus Vitus!

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    Interesting that the foreman on-site could decide to roll stock over the side in those days.

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Happy Winter solstice! Longer days ahead.

Stumbled upon this last weekend while trying to get lost using California trail maps. Wife and I ran out of daylight but the windcaves were in sight, many more formations than the fish Creek location. Very cool hike!

https://modernhiker.com/hike/the-domelands/

 

http://www.ihikesandiego.com/anza-borrego-domelands-windcaves-slot-canyon/

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Yeah, right up your alley bud. Looks like you could camp right near the trailhead too, a bunch of gunfire trash around though.

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