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Congress Junction Church Building

Congress Arizona by Drone Diva Desi

Church building in Congress Junction AZ on U.S. 89

Dirt bikes and drones off road again.   Heading across Wickenburg desert to another ghost town.   We ending up getting some great footage of some buildings in Congress.    Check out the Drone Diva Desi’s 3D model of the church on SketchFab. 

Congress Junction Church Building

This belongs to a private owner who generously allow us to film the building.

Ken and I left from Wickenburg AZ to head to the Stanton Ghost Town.    We traveled about 25 miles on our dirt bikes across the desert to find that the Ghosts were afraid of COVID-19.   Stanton Ghost town would not let anyone in.   We traveled North to on the dirt trail to Yarnell.  Then we jumped on Highway 89 headed down the road to the “HotShots” memorial.    Our hearts are saddened for the lost lives and for the family members the HotShot Heros. 

From there we came down the hill to Congress Junction where we were able film this fun location.    

1893 Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad passed through the town of Congress Junction.
Congress Consolidated Railroad was completed to transport ore between the mine and the Congress Junction in 1899.

This 3D model was filmed with the DJI Mavic Pro 2. Approx 400 images. Both grid and orbit flights merged in Pix4D. Used Pix4D to clean up the model and export to SketchFab.

Most of the information we gathered was from conversations from people currently living in the community or from the book “Backcountry Adventures Arizona” https://www.amazon.com/Backcountry-Adventures-Arizona-Peter-Massey/dp/0966567501 .

This is the book we use for our off road adventures.
For more information about “dirt bikes and drones” and our off road adventure check out the blog about Congress Junction.

Congress Arizona

Congress Arizona by Drone Diva Desi
Congress buildings
Congress buildings

Other areas nearby

Yarnell Hotshots Memorial
Wickenburg railroad
Dirt bikes and Drones

InterDrone Interview

I was contacted by Kara Murphy to do a brief interview regarding my thought on InterDrone.

I have attended InterDrone for many years.   It was the first major Drone conference I attended.     I met some amazing people, and I am still in contact with some of them.

Thank you Kara for allowing me to share my thoughts about the InterDrone conferences.    This years conference will be held in Dallas, Texas this August.

InterDrone Interview: Desiree Ekstein of On the Go Video

Desert Queen Mine

Desert Queen Mine

This hopper is from the Desert Queen Mine in Vicksburg, AZ.

As part of our “preserving history”, we made a quick trip with the off road vehicles to check out this mine. There are three mining settlements in this area. The Desert Queen Mine is one of them. Vicksburg is a (very) small town off Highway 72 in Arizona near the town of Salome. This town was named after Victor E. Satterdahl. He set up the post office for Vicksburg in 1906. Wells Fargo had a train stop in Vicksburg in 1907. The Desert Queen was a LODE mine.

We love that the mine is still open. Use extreme caution if you are in this area. There is a hole on the left as you enter the area and a covered hole in front of the adit itself.

Please tread lightly and do not destroy the history here.

Check out the 3D model in Sketchfab

Data was captured with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro manually. Single Grid at 75’ AGL and 3 orbits. Processed the data with Pix4D. Also cleaned it up in Sketchfab.

Rust Bucket

rust bucket old car

Made a 3D model of this rust bucket found in the California desert.

Happen to have the DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone with me while traveling to Havasu Landing. Use the DJI Go 4 app and set the photos to every 2 seconds. Only did 2 orbits. Processed this with Pix4D, but also running the process through DroneDeploy and Rality Capture to do a comparison. 63 images

Also my first time adding background image and sound to Sketchfab.

Not sure what kind of car it “was”. 🙂

Adding this to our Drone Diva Desi and Kens Krusades adventures.

Check out the sketchfab model 

 

Abandoned Dumpy House

Abandoned Dumpy House

Out riding the motorcycles and came across this abandoned dumpy house.

Didn’t go inside, but did throw the drone in the air to see about getting a quick map of the property. Mapped it with DroneDeploy and processed it in Pix4D. Then exported the .fbx file to Sketchfab.

There is room for improvement, but it was done spur of the moment with the Mavic Pro.  This is not my recommended choice drone for mapping, but I had it with me and didn’t want to miss the opportunity.

Check out the Sketchfab model.