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Here's a chance for you to contribute.

What I love about the web is the opportunity to share my thoughts with others. But I also like to hear what others think and to exchange ideas.

On this page, I'll share some of the comments I've received in my guestbook and via e-mail.

Well, folks, here's a loaded one:
"Dez, please try to explain to me why there are folks who are out to destroy mines and mine exploring as a whole. I can't figure out why they do it"

Walter, it turns out that there are all kinds of folks out there. Most of them are pretty nice, but there are some types that, just like in the rest of life, are just bad apples. Here's a selection of a few I've run across:
The Eliteists  These folks are the ones who will find a mine and not share it  unless one is part of their little click. Like they can pass judgement on who can and cannot see a mine. It's a free world! They have very rigid rules and are ever so eager to flame anyone who does not conform.
The Mercs These folks will smile in your face and then suck as much info out of you as they can. They don't want to be your friend, they just want to get info from you. But they will sure play the game.
The Looters These guys will follow you into a mine and then rape and pillage it. They don't worrying about history, etc. A lot of the time you'll see their stuff on E Bay for sale.
The More Important Things To Do Guys  Hook up with these fellows and they will leave you in the lurch. Maybe at the top of a shaft, maybe at the side of the can never depend on them to show up or stay around.
The Trophy Hunters These guys want only to bag as many mines as they can. They go through a mine at high speed, barely even seeing what's there. A lot of the time they will get others to do the scouting and hard drifts and tunnels. They only want bragging rights. You can bet they have web sites with tons of pics. Just don't ask for directions.
The Backstabbers One of the worst of  the group, these folks will act like friends and then when it comes time for support, they are G-O-N-E. Or worse, they will jump in with others and start slinging mud as fast as they can.
The Swiss These folks want to have it all. They are everyone's friend-supposedly. They like to be connected to all the groups they can, mining for info and tidbits. But ask them for some info in return and they act like you're insane or they'll edit that info to fit their needs. And don't expect them to back you up. They'll turn on you faster than the Backstabbers!
Yep, Walter, it can be a big, nasty world out there. You have to be careful. Fortunately, good folks far out number the bad ones. It's easy to find these folks and they are the ones you should stick with. Forget the rest. They are only going to drag you down and cause you pain.

Happily, folks, I also get a lot of great mail from folks all over. Here's another example:
Just wanted to say I enjoy your website and appreciate that you have let others check out your trip reviews and photos. I enjoy
ghost towns and mining sites and related history behind them, sometimes going into mines if able to. (my ability to climb up or
down has been compromised by bad knees, so I stick to the horizontal). In other words, I enjoy your 'in the mine' travels and photos,
even more so.  Keep up the good work, have fun and be safe.
Doug Pifer
Albany, OR
Thanks Doug. It's comments like these that make all in the Explorers aware that (unlike Doug) while there are a few that make hate and hidden agendas their calling card, by and large, most people just want to have a good time, make some new friends and do a little exploring.