I probably shouldn’t be telling you this because some of you might still think I have good sense. But I’m going to anyway because I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t care whether you do or not.
What you are seeing in that Google map is the Lost Adams Diggings. The line wandering along the lower right corner is the continental divide. The areas with snow on the surface are shaded part of the day so’s not to have melted yet, the dark areas are lower, now in shadow. The tiny short lines all over the place are deadfall left by a forest fire that swept the area in the 1990s.
Elevation’s around 9000 feet, the trails are all blocked with deadfall from the fire, but even back in the day the area never saw much human traffic. It’s one of the more remote, tougher places to get to in the continental US.
Which is the reason those three dark lines you see running diagonally in the upper center have no business whatever being there. Those are artifacts of human activity. Those, and the lower left-of-center dark spot resembling an arrow. The dark lines at the top, unless I miss my guess as I’ve done frequently before, are what is known in legend as ‘The Zig Zag Trail”.
A person wanting a closer look would have to go in on foot, crawling over deadfall. Or a person 70 years old would probably have to have a donkey or pack goat or three.
I decided over the years this is the place after I’d already published the Lost Adams Diggings book because of various pieces of information acquired after the book was published.
I just happened to notice on Coleen’s Workers on Wheels Newsletter:
NM: Seasonal Camp Hosting and Mini Storage
by Mountain Spirits RV Park – Mimbres, New Mexico 88049
(Work Camping with Stipend in the Historic Mimbres Valley)
Mountain Spirits RV Park in Mimbres, New Mexico, needs camp host couples for the 2013/14 season. Our campground consists of 20 RV sites and 52 self storage units.
The park is located 25 miles east of Silver City, New Mexico, at an elevation of 5800 feet. We are in the historic Mimbres Valley, which is the gateway to the Gila Wilderness.
Couples share duties for this position. They include cleaning and maintaining a neat appearance of the office and two modern restrooms, waiting on customers and residents during 8-5 business hours, and checking in guests. Yard work includes weeding and watering of landscaping and yard areas.
Couples will work the same three days and same shift.
We offer a 30amp space, free WiFi, and $100.00 a month credit towards electric and propane use. We also offer a $100.00 cash stipend per month to help with expenses.
We would appreciate at least a three month commitment, if possible.
The nearest shopping is in Silver City.
Cell phone coverage is either Verizon or TracPhone.
If interested in camp hosting with us, please call 575-574-7000 or email email@example.com. Be sure to let us know that you saw our Help Wanted ad on Coleen’s Workers On Wheels website when you contact us about this campground job. Bill and Wanda, Managers. Mountain Spirits RV Park – Mimbres, New Mexico 88049. Posted June 2013.
Any of you who think you might be interested in being the other half of a couple to apply for that, I’d be obliged if you contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it. I’d hope if you’re the other half of a couple with me you’ll look after my cats on my days off while I go trekking up into the high canyons.