June 2021 News

I couldn't get Wordpress and Patreon to play nicely together, so I've ditched them both.

Since I started this site twenty-four years ago, it's gone through a lot of changes. I used to hand-code the site myself. First, it was just in html, then with PHP. CSS didn't even exist back then.

It remained that way for many years until Wordpress came along. Wordpress was a huge advancement and it allowed me to do much more than I ever could have without it, but it also had limitations. Most of those limitations were overcome by using plugins... a lot of plugins.

I'm testing out a new platform with a built-in subscription service tied to Stripe. I hope you continue to come along with me and support my efforts. I couldn't do it without you.

Most posts on the site now will require a paid subscription to see the full text and photos. Some will have GPS and directions, some will not. See these for sample trip reports:

Wall Street Mill
The Wall Street Mill is Joshua Tree National Park’s most intact remaining historic gold stamp mill. Finding a stamp mill like this is rare these days. I’m thankful the NPS has preserved it. Once owned and operated by renowned prospector and rancher Bill Keys, this two-stamp mill was
Surprise Tank Petroglyphs
We first visited the Surprise Tank Petroglyphs out in the Mojave Desert in 1998. We’ve stopped by a few times since then but didn’t really photograph the site again until 2009. We re-visited the site in 2013, 2018, and 2020. I wanted to get a few more photos

There are only a few old posts on here right now. I am adding them as I have time or by request. It will take some time to get posts back up and I will add directions as I can.

Thank you!


Cover photo is from a recent trip to Mitchell Caverns.