I want to do some outdoor exploring. For example, I heard that somewhere on Quartz Creek Road in Merlin, there are old abandoned mines. Anyone know where?(I know mines are extremely dangerous, I just want to peek) Things Im looking for: caves, springs, beautiful creeks, abandoned cabins, ghost towns, old military stuff, abandoned mills etc. I can contribute: Golden Oregon, abandoned mining town east of Wolf Creek. Spalding Pond, a neat little place to float around on Onion Mountain, outside of Selma. And of course great swimming on the Illinois River, but drive carefully on Illinois River Road.