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Corn Springs Miner’s Cabin

Corn Springs Miners Cabin

Corn Springs Miners Cabin

Corn Springs Cabin is located near Desert Center California.  Corn Springs Mining District was established in 1897.

Miners came to the area and used the water for processing their gold ore, in the late 19th century.   The most notable resident of the spring was Gus Lederer.  The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Corn Springs”, was Gus Lederer.   He lived at the spring until 1932, when he died from a black widow spider bite.

There is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground nearby and Chemehuevi, Desert Cahuilla and Yuma bands carved elaborate petroglyphs in the nearby rocks.  In 1998, the springs were added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.

See the 3D model Drone Diva Sketchfab

This 3D model was created in Pix4D merging double grid and orbits.   Mavic Pro 2

Information was found on

AUVSI Top Level 3 Instructor

Drone Diva Desiree Ekstein Has Achieved AUVSI TOP Level 3 and Instructor Status

Desi Ekstein is an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s first female who accomplished AUVSI TOP Level 3 Remote Pilot and Remote Pilot Instructor.

San Diego, California

September 9, 2020

Desiree Ekstein, also known better as Drone Diva Desi, has achieved the AUVSI TOP Level 3 Remote Pilot Instructor status. AUVSI TOP (Trusted Operator Program) is a certification program ensuring that remote pilot training conforms to industry standards and supports safety, trust and acceptance of the use of small unmanned aircraft systems.  She will also continue to reach out to others to provide drone safety and training for the sUAS (drone) community. With the achievement of drone instructor certification, Ms. Ekstein is recognized as able to provide drone education and training for a TOP Certificated training provider. 

Desi has a vast experience as an instructor and commercial drone pilot. She has over six years in the industry. She is an adjunct instructor of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at TCI MiraCosta College, in Carlsbad, California. Besides holding AUVSI TOP Level 3 Remote Pilot Instructor and pilot, she is also an FAA Certified 107 Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC). Moreover, she is a UAS safety advisor for Women and Drones, also a lead representative FAA UAS/Drone Safety in San Diego, CA.

As a Drone instructor, Desi provides educational instruction for the remote pilot Part 107 exam and teaches UAS operations at TCI MiraCosta College and Elementary Science Institute (EIS) for the “Girls Take Flight,” as part of a young female STEM program.  In addition to being a Drone instructor, Desi is an experienced commercial drone pilot. She has been trusted by many industries to perform aerial inspections and land surveying, including performing aerial inspections of power lines, bridge infrastructure, wind turbines, and mapping for construction.

About Desi Ekstein

Desi Ekstein is one of the few AUVSI TOP certified female sUAS/drone pilots in the USA and a renowned speaker at UAS STEM/STEAM events (Commercial UAV Expo, Kids Zone, and Women in Technology). She holds FAA Certified 107 Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) and an AUVSI TOP Level 3 instructor. She has experience with several UAS platforms and software solutions such as DroneDeploy, Pix4D, and MicaSense. Desi’s aerial work has been published in three archaeological books by Kenneth L. Feder. Her goal is to continue her expertise as a commercial drone pilot and instructor as well as promoting UAS safe operations. Desi Ekstein can be reached on her website or follow her contact below.


Desi Ekstein

Drone Diva

951.523.7UAV (7828)


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” .

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.