A few days ago I went with a friend to survey abandoned mines. A day spent doing that beats a day working on manuscripts any day of the week. My friend put me in charge of taking pictures of things. Here are a few of the pictures I took.
A mine entrance
Scary structure - we could hear dirt falling here, so didn't proceed any further
The area where five of the openings were
I made a comment about the harsh conditions these miners were working in, and my friend said, "I know. You look out at that, and it all makes sense why Nevada has legalized prostitution." He's got a point. We almost had to go get some prostitutes ourselves, and we were only out there for a day, and we weren't even blasting holes with dynamite or moving ore carts or anything.
The mines were fenced off in order to let people know to be safe and stay out
Some were fenced off better than others
This mine was one of my favorites
Even if it had experienced instability at some point as evidenced by this giant rock that had fallen from the ceiling
The mine was old enough, and damp enough, that some miniature stalactites had formed
This was the mine with the coolest entrance. Fine. I admit it. I'm a sucker for a good 'Keep Out' sign.
This looked a little more stable than the wooden structure pictured above, but we still didn't go down. Safety first!
This mine was really cool too, in part because of the rails for the ore carts. Turns out that's not just something you see in old Scooby Doo cartoons and Donkey Kong video games after all.
The same tracks from the inside of the mine looking toward the entrance.
Guess what else we saw. Bats!!!
So there you have it. A slightly more exciting day in the life of Native Minnow.