Crdome and Harvey's Top Secret Travels

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Back in late February, @Crdome notified me that I would be blessed by his presence once again (possibly to be a yearly tradition). I did some mad scrambling, filled out all the necessary paperwork, and I was able to get the needed security clearance for @Crdome to visit the mythical Voodoo Tree. It was very cold the day we went out, and the wind was brutal. It was also a very cloudy and flat day.

My first stop was the Big Old Chunk of Iron Ore. I attached a few hard drive magnets to honor it's ferrousness.

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Iron Ore by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

Next up was a short cold hike to the Voodoo Tree.

I think this captures how we felt.

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EM128135-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

More Voodoo Tree artifacts.

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EM128136-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

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EM128140-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

And the only other person besides me that was crazy enough to be out taking photos on this day.

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EM128137-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr
 
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I'm curious now......what is the Voodoo tree? Aside from the obvious, it's a tree and it has "stuff" fastened/hung off it, what is the legend behind it?
It is a tree on a top secret local mountain bike trail. The first Voodoo Tree was started by a mountain biker who rode a Voodoo brand mountain bike. The original tree had mostly junk found in the area hanging on it. The area (like much of the public land) has been a historic dumping site for garbage. This tree lasted about 10 years, but it was a little too close to a road and some knuckle dragger pushed it over with a vehicle. This second tree was established after the first perished and it has a lot of stuff brought in by individuals.
 

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Yes it was February. Time to escape Indiana's soul-sucking absence of light. @Harvey Melvin Richards had promised if I returned this year, he would provide a life-altering experience. I hopped in my car,peddled down, and headed west. Upon arrival I was handed a cup of coffee and we embarked upon our quest.

Driving through town I spotted a cool tool store with a humorous presentation. Sadly Harvey explained the applications were functionally holding the building together, rather than decorative.
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Extreme hardware application by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr

Another photo op presented itself...
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Sullivian's by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr

Our final stop in town was at it's pet rock. I tried to imagine the logistic problems to transport.
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Iron ore

Off to the desert. First stop...
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By now it was becoming quite clear that our definitions of "life-altering" were vastly different. Obviously I had assumed select mushrooms of the American Southwest.

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Sleight of hand by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr

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Yet another day at the Voodoo Tree iii

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Yet another day at the Voodoo Tree x

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Still life with Harvey by Michael Atwell - Chrome Dome, on Flickr
 
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We departed the Voodoo Tree and drove around looking for another subject. Off to the south there is an abandoned pump building. I have taken it's photo from the road, but never ventured into it.

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After our adventures we went out for dinner, then that evening @Crdome shared a nice bottle of wine that he had brought along with my wife and I. I decided to stage a few photos the following day while Michael was journeying across the wild west of Nevada. The 1776 is the alcohol content, 17.76%.

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EM128162-1 by Harvey Richards, on Flickr

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Looks like a couple of friends had a great time together and turned out a set of nice pictures. Thanks, I do model railroading and I love the rust and patina on that pump house.
 

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