Just Plain Need A Life
Join Date: Jul 2004
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Scary stuff. Years and years ago we went on one of the last "official" Cal 4 Wheel Drive Panamint Valley runs, before they shut that down to protect mining rights. I remember very clearly as we started up the canyon that we were told to stay on the trail, do NOT go off it even a few feet, to the better-managed road on the edge of the stream. There was a miner that lived in a remote cabin there that was fighting to block the 4wd access because it disturbed his mining activities. And he was armed, known to confront groups.
If we saw him, do NOT confront - turn the entire group around and go back. Don't argue about rights - the guy lived alone for years, was pissed about being disturbed, and was just plain loco. Rights didn't even come into his lead-loaded-argument. Not long after, he won his legal battle and Panamint canyon was closed to 4WD traffic.
Laughing and joking, we went up the canyon and back that weekend, including women, kids and dogs. Now you've scared the "what if..." crap out of me.