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Old 10-09-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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Trading up, then down-sizing. When I got serious with exploring, about 1960, I bought a Japanese Datsun Pickup. It was about the first batch to be imported and it was their domestic pickup but had the steering and peddles moved to the left side. They also rebuilt the dash to accommodate the movement of the gages and glove box. The bench seat was shallow and the roof low. At that time I was about 6'3" @ 220 pounds. There was barely enough room on the seat for my butt and my head rubbed the top of the cab. BUT, with mud and snow tires, that short, narrow wheel-based truck could go anywhere. It never let me down.


I then traded for a newer Datsun which had been "Americanized". It was larger than the first but still much smaller than todays compact pickups. I put mud and snow tires on it and a shell camper. I threw in an old G.I. cotton mattress, a case of C-Rations, and an old army mosquito net to cover the open back at night. I was set for any place I may end up.


I then traded for a full size Chevy P.U. That thing had no traction and would get stuck on wet grass or shallow mud. After 300,000 miles I decided to "go for broke" and got a Silverado, X-Cab, 4WD, off-road. Now that was a HOSS! I didn't realize it, but my eyes had been going bad for quite a while. I just thought it was too much dust, sun, wind, and a bad windshield in my Chevy. But when I moved here to "geezerville" in Little Rock, and had to drive in L.R. traffic, I saw it was real. I down-sized to a RAV4 but after almost getting T-Boned two times, I realized it was time to hang up the keys, sold it, and bought this golf cart to tool around here, off the streets.


Scroll back up to Post # 1111. That's my swan song. Bye y'all It's been a hell-of-a-ride
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I have read your posts and pics a couple of times whenever I tried to plan my visit to AR. Hasnt happened yet. Have to go through your posts again and start planning

Happy retirement.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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For those of us who love Arkansas but don't get to visit as often as we might like, your posts and pictures have been a wonderful way to armchair-travel and to learn more about this beautiful place and its history.

I hope you can find a way to continue them.
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:39 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Wow! I can now Explore Arkansas from my desk top computer !! Over two years ago I was told that "they" were going to do LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) (Google it ) mapping of the whole state of Arkansas. A week or so ago I found that it had been completed and found a Link to it. I didn't have time to work on it so sent the Link to my archeologist buddy and last night he sent me three imagines of some areas he and I have explored many times. Wow, wow, wow . It is as incredible as I thought it would be.


For those not familiar with it (it has been used in Maya exploration for a few years), it "strips away" vegetation down to the bare earth and you can see things you can't see from ground level, and using Google Earth all you can see is vegetation. One of the images he sent was of Graysonia, a ghost town we have explored many times and I have often posted photos here. We knew there was a railroad bed in there but was never able to find it on the ground. With LIDAR it is very distinct.


There is another community I'll be looking for, named LEARD. After sever false starts and bad information over the years I finally narrowed it down to a square mile, covered in a pine plantation. We went into it but it was so grown up we couldn't see anything. Hopefully, with LIDAR, I can see a "footprint" that shows wells, cellars, and streets.


Looks like y'all are gonna have to put up with me for a while longer
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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Wow! I can now Explore Arkansas from my desk top computer !! Over two years ago I was told that "they" were going to do LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) (Google it ) mapping of the whole state of Arkansas. A week or so ago I found that it had been completed and found a Link to it. I didn't have time to work on it so sent the Link to my archeologist buddy and last night he sent me three imagines of some areas he and I have explored many times. Wow, wow, wow . It is as incredible as I thought it would be.


For those not familiar with it (it has been used in Maya exploration for a few years), it "strips away" vegetation down to the bare earth and you can see things you can't see from ground level, and using Google Earth all you can see is vegetation. One of the images he sent was of Graysonia, a ghost town we have explored many times and I have often posted photos here. We knew there was a railroad bed in there but was never able to find it on the ground. With LIDAR it is very distinct.


There is another community I'll be looking for, named LEARD. After sever false starts and bad information over the years I finally narrowed it down to a square mile, covered in a pine plantation. We went into it but it was so grown up we couldn't see anything. Hopefully, with LIDAR, I can see a "footprint" that shows wells, cellars, and streets.


Looks like y'all are gonna have to put up with me for a while longer
Hurrah!
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:49 PM
 
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Wow! I can now Explore Arkansas from my desk top computer !! Over two years ago I was told that "they" were going to do LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) (Google it ) mapping of the whole state of Arkansas. A week or so ago I found that it had been completed and found a Link to it. I didn't have time to work on it so sent the Link to my archeologist buddy and last night he sent me three imagines of some areas he and I have explored many times. Wow, wow, wow . It is as incredible as I thought it would be.


For those not familiar with it (it has been used in Maya exploration for a few years), it "strips away" vegetation down to the bare earth and you can see things you can't see from ground level, and using Google Earth all you can see is vegetation. One of the images he sent was of Graysonia, a ghost town we have explored many times and I have often posted photos here. We knew there was a railroad bed in there but was never able to find it on the ground. With LIDAR it is very distinct.


There is another community I'll be looking for, named LEARD. After sever false starts and bad information over the years I finally narrowed it down to a square mile, covered in a pine plantation. We went into it but it was so grown up we couldn't see anything. Hopefully, with LIDAR, I can see a "footprint" that shows wells, cellars, and streets.


Looks like y'all are gonna have to put up with me for a while longer

best news i have heard in a while!
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:00 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Thanks y'all. There's a few things I gotta do first because I know once I get started with this new "toy" I'll be putting in long hours. Once I get it sorted out I'll post images here.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: The Natural State
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LIDAR - Access is subscription, which is no problem, but it's kinda complicated because of so many choices, so I talked to my archeologist buddy yesterday and he agreed it is complicated and will be by here Friday to set it up for me.


We talked quite a while and he said he had scanned the mountain between Magnet Cove (Hot Spring County) and Hot Springs (Garland County) that we have mapped for miles. He said we hadn't even "scratched the surface" because the Indian quarries go on and on and on. He also said that his replacement on the Ouachita National Forest is now going to scan Leader Mountain, west of Albert Pike. We have done extensive exploring there but know there are many more Indian quarries we have not seen.


Wow! A whole new world
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:33 PM
 
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^^^^ this is why we have to keep you active on this forum. there is always an interesting tidbit of knowledge in every post! (and it is local and relevant)
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Old Today, 08:02 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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LIDAR - My buddy came by today He had already loaded lots of "our country" onto his laptop and showed me, and we took a close look at a couple of specific places. One was on our old Trout Homestead where I was born. Mother said Papa (her Dad) farmed a creek bottom down the mountain from our house and that when the creek flooded it washed "arrow heads" out of a mound there that he collected. Getting a little archeologically "techie" here, but they were "dart points" which came, over a period of a couple thousand years, between the spear and the arrow. And I now know, from training and experience, that was a burial mound.


Anyway, finally to the point; several years ago buddy and I looked for the mound and after wading through 20 acres of saw briars in a young pine plantation, we never found it. Today, on LIDAR, it is there, exactly where Mother said it was! Very distinct.


Then buddy loaded the LIDAR program onto my desk top. He knows his stuff and has already loaded it onto his laptop, but it too nearly two hours to do mine. Lots of starts and stops. It AIN'T user friendly to install. Now to see if I can make it work. It's gonna be a l o n g night. Eventually I'll send pictures.
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