Monday, April 4, 2011

Abandoned Mine

I visited a geocache over the weekend that was near an abandoned mine. Abandoned mines seem to be all over here in the desert. All the ones I have seen are pretty much a hole surrounded by a barbed wire fence with a warning sign.

Warning

We saw two mine openings. I'm not sure if they are connected some how, but they were pretty close. The first one was all closed off.


Some one had cut the fencing around the second one.

Mine

Being the risk taker that I am (ha!) I had a peek inside (and this is where I tell you I'm a professional nosy person and do not try this "at home"). I didn't go more than about 20ft in... but you could tell others had been in too.  There was quite a bit of graffiti and even a fire pit with ashes in it.

Me at the opening. I just went to that doorway you see to the right below.
Mine

Inside and to the left was a little nook.
Mine

Looking in straight ahead appears to be another little "room."

Mine

Peeking in there I could see a fire pit with an convenient ventilation hole.

The "room" looked like it split into two separate channels. But I wasn't about to venture in any farther. Stay out, stay alive!

Mine

The actual geocache was not in the mine, just nearby. It was a fairly easy find and had some TBs in it!

geocache

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7 comments:

  1. Very cool! I too would want to go in, but I'm too chicken! Self preservation and all that. There are many caches that take me longer to find than they should because I'm always thinking, "Mom told me not to put my fingers in places where they don't belong."

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  2. That's awesome! I'd love to see that. :)

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  3. Have you ever heard the saying, "Curiosity killed the cat"? I'm tellin' your Mother!

    Glad you're safe and sound..and you got to see inside tho!

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  4. Looks like a really cool place to check out. And as much as I'd love to investigate a bit more, I think I would have been the same as you -- peeked but not going too much further! :)

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  5. You're braver than I.
    Have been putting off visiting two former gold mines in my city as part of an earthcache, mainly because they're now located in an urban sanctuary and have been turned into giant weta habitats.
    One weta I can deal with, thousands of giant versions above my head in the dark is too off-putting.

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  6. hey! that's pretty cool!! nice place to wander...as long as you don't get TOO daring! and TOO curious!

    congrats on ALL your finds!

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  7. I work for Pennsylvania's abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation program. While we work to reclaim our abandoned mines here in PA, we also give 'Stay Out-Stay Alive' presentations to school kids so they learn about their heritage, the valuable resources in our state, and the dangers associated with old mines.

    I'd love to see some of Arizona's AML features someday.

    Cache safe!

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