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6-MAY-2008 20080506_6057

I court danger as a matter of principle just to amuse Web surfers

Lakeside Road (Box Elder County) view map

I'm standing at the entrance to the munitions-disposal area of the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR).Security forces have just opened the gate so that I can proceed toward Lakeside in spite of the fact that mass quantities of munitions were being disposed of with prejudice. Said disposal usually requires that this gate be closed, locked, and heavily guarded---not to protect idiotic members of the public from danger, but to protect the Air Force from frivolous lawsuits arising from personal injuries that could be easily avoided.

Moments later I drove off and security personnel closed and locked the gate to "protect the public." As I proceeded down the road, military bomb-disposal experts were creating frightening explosions with munitions that had passed their "best by" dates. Fragments of bomb casings and artillery shells were flying in all directions, littering the landscape. (Not to worry, the Air Force's "Adopt-A-Munitions-Disposal-Site" program ensures that the trash is picked up on a regular basis.) Although this devastating activity was taking place in close proximity to the road, I soldiered on through this danger zone to fulfill my PBase mission ("to educate and inform") and my personal mission ("to face any and all dangers head-on and without hesitation"). However, there are limits to my bravado: I will not willingly expose myself to spiders, scorpions, poisonous snakes, precipices at the top of cliffs, and slugs.

Out of view here are bomb disposal technicians, military police, and observers from the Grand Duchy of Fenwick. The GDF observers were here to watch the disposal of certain munitions as part of a disarmament agreement the GDF has with the United States. The blasts I witnessed produced hot air in amounts significantly less than that producing this description.

Photographed on Puddle Valley Highway on the way to Lakeside, Utah.
Imaging support services provided by Special Forces Technician Joe Tripod.


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Dave Beedon13-Feb-2015 06:31
Spencer---No permission was required to drive through.
This is a county road open to everyone. The gate is closed
only when munitions are being disposed of. This is indeed
the route to the Newfoundland Mountains. More info in the
gallery text: .
Spencer 10-Feb-2015 01:10
We were trying to get to the Newfoundland mountains
Spencer 10-Feb-2015 01:09
Did you have to ask permission to go through the gate?
Me, my wife and uncle were came upon this gate as it was open
But turned around cause we weren't sure if we could.
Dave Beedon03-Sep-2010 07:51
John, I feel as though I have failed you and thus hang my head in shame.
John Cooper02-Sep-2010 18:55
I am not amused.
Dave Beedon20-Jan-2010 23:58
No, I could not find the "onward," so I just pressed the gas pedal.
1moremile20-Jan-2010 23:26
Did you decide to press onward?
Dave Beedon31-Mar-2009 04:55
They were waiting for me when I arrived, as my itinerary had been sent to the authorities in advance.
1moremile31-Mar-2009 00:46
Did you have to ring a bell to get them to the gate or did you just step through a trip wire?
Great storytelling, Dave.
Guest 29-Mar-2009 00:59
I take Pepto Bizmal for explosive disposal....
Monte Dodge04-Aug-2008 11:52
Interesting and great story!!!! vote
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