Steamshovel Trail
Once you get into the canyon, the trail is marked by this sign, and some smaller BLM-type OHV signs, making it easy to follow
It's steeper than it looks, and a bit washed out, but no trouble for an ATV
Lots of geology all around
Not exactly the kind of road Mom would feel safe driving on in her Omni.
These large rocks look more magnificent when you don't have to stare into the sun to take a picture of them
Up and down, up and down
A fire tore through here some years back and many trees are burned
It's ok to stop and smell the flowers once in a while- just don't put yer schnozz too close.
If you look hard enough, you can find an outhouse still standing
Screw around too much and you find yourself riding home in the dark. oops.
Luis waits patiently and takes a picture while I labor to clear the trail on the Bradshaw Mine Loop of Death
I don't always walk like that- moving another tree out of the way for future generations of trail riders. Taken on the Bradshaw Mine Loop of Death
Suddenly, there, in the distance, like a great iron monarch of the mountains sitting on his throne of stone, lay the Steam Shovel.
Closer to the throne
It's not as majestic close up, but still cool
Let's try for total overexposure!
This is the little engine that starts the big engine
Engine ID plate reveals this baby is capable of putting out a whopping 66 sea-level ponies!
Yer gonna have to read the manual before you start yanking levers on this baby
Working those 66 ponies creates hot ponies- this cools 'em off.
The famous Caterpillar D4600 engine.
Chains, cables, gears, pulleys, and American iron and steel.
Famous photographers travel for hundreds of miles just for a single picture. Here, an intrepid correspondent from the Lahontan Valley News snaps off a few rolls

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