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March 6th, 2004 – by: alygally
We eventually made it to the top, and on the way back down Mike suggested we take a "shortcut" down the side of the mountain to look at a copper mine. Big mistake. It took us about 3 hours to get down - very steep, unstable rocks, cactus everywhere.
Lunch was supposed to be at a restaurant that was near Pahrump, NV, but as a small group of us had actually listened to our professor we arrived back at the bottom of the mountain rather late and the rest of the class was getting hungry.
Onto another fossil-digging spot, this time nearer to Pahrump. The highlight of my day: finding a trilobite fossil at location #2.
That night, we arrived at the Stagecoach Inn near Beatty. Veeerrrryyy shady. The restaurant was closed, naturally, so we convinced Mike to drive us into "town" for dinner. He agreed, and proceeded to get drunk with the owner of the restaurant/bartender. For whatever reason, we let him drive us back to the motel. On the way back, he decided it would be a great idea to take us out to a ghost town for stargazing. He veered off the road and whooped and cheered as we went over bumps and further into the desert. The rest of us clung to each other for dear life and finally let out a sigh of relief when we reached the appropriate stargazing spot.
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