I was hoping to do a more complete post on this, but providing my audience with proof of my adventures is top priority! The outing started off last Saturday with my brother and I driving up a desert canyon towards some mountains. We had spotted an interesting area on Google Earth and wanted to see what was up there. Well, the plans got foiled when my brother's Ford Exploder was not up to the task of going up the rest of the trail. So, I told my brother that I'd hike the rest of the way up myself and take pictures of what I found. I told him I'd only be a couple of hours. Four and a half hours later, this is some of what I found, in no particular order....
|Me holding my find: a single-shot, break breach shotgun.|
|This is part of the tramway that the mine used to haul the ore down the mountain.|
|This is the main entrance to the mine. I explored what I could and the network was decent. As for what I didn't explore, I was alone and had no desire to find out if "bottomless" pits were really bottomless.|
|One of several structures that I found. Most were foundations or had collapsed in on themselves completely.|
|This was taken on my way up to the ridge mine. My destination was to the left of the shot. Directly ahead of me is a beautiful mountain. I have plans to hike up it in the future.|
|The remnants of an old building.|
|The wheel from the top tram house.|
|This was one of those pits I was talking about. The complex (not this shaft) probably went down 1,000 feet, evident by closed adits seen on the way up. Look at the vein of iron ore; I'm not sure that's what they really were hoping to find.|
|Poltergeist or deadly gasses? I'm thinking it's a gassy Casper.|
In conclusion, I am awesome. The End.