Saturday, September 22, 2018

More on the Train Hike

are you ready for another picture laden post?
Some of you said - share more from your train hike
You may not have known what you were saying - we might have taken 700 or so photos...

jusy sayin'

Here we are --- 4/5ths of us getting ready to start our hike

We hiked along the river for a bit

then we hiked up the tailing trail
So! When they mined the mountains they had waste called tailings and it just piled up
but they had to get the silver to the wagons to load it out - and some of the tailings were starting to make mountains - we are standing on a tailing mountain
and those tracks? That's what they sent the carts down to load out the wagons

It was pretty steep!


and thru the trees you could see the Train going around the Loop

This is an old mine just left on the hill
When they showed us pictures of it working in the late 1800;s early 1900's 
The trees were completely gone 
the land had been clear cut

and now look at the size of those trees!

I got up close and a little too personal with the train going over a bridge@

The trail

Beavers are all over the place
and this is proof

and the beaver dam

We stopped and did a little gold mining
I mean! We were in mining country
I found a little

AND!!  this is a BIG AND
I went into a mine
( me who is pretty claustrophobic - really  I DID It!!)

and so did the boys
and the husband , but he was the one taking the photos
and encouraging his wife to breathe

Inside the mine

and look!! My  new work crew
They were fixing the tracks and I asked if I could help
the guy in the middle promptly gave me a shovel!!

and here we are - on the train going back up the mountain

I'm just saying how smart we were
we hiked DOWN the mountain and rode up

we are no dummies
Ha ha!!


Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great photos

Sue SA said...

Great outing...cannot believe you found gold!

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Farm Quilter said...

Such great pictures!! Mines can be so dangerous so I'm glad the one you went in was well maintained. As a kid (like 18-20) I went in an abandoned silver mine outside of Virginia City, Nevada, with 3 other "kids". We were roped together (stupid) and had one flashlight. We came upon a "hole" in the floor where we threw in some stones and we never heard them hit bottom! Scared me so I convinced the others that we had to leave NOW!! I totally understand the "stay out, stay alive" about abandoned mine shafts!

WeedyMama said...

That little bit of gold might be worth more than you think.

Ohhhhh, and I'll bet the air smelled good too (except for the train exhaust).

Thanks for taking us along with you.

Vicki in MN said...

Lucky you finding gold!

Kate said...

Looks like lots of fun. You got some great photos.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Oohhh, I would never be able to go into a mine or a cave. I am claustrophobic too. Not no way, not no how. Thank you for sharing your pictures and information! Very interesting!