|Mom, Dad, Katlin, and Me on July 4 playing Pinochle and waiting for the fireworks|
|Katlin, Lisa, and Scout on the U-C mine tailings|
|Old mine cart at U-C Mine|
July 5 we decided to go on a horse ride. At first a few of Lisa's boys were going to go, but it ended up being just Lisa, Katlin, and me. So all three sisters got to go on a ride together up to the Union-Companion Mine. We rode up there and then got off our horses and went exploring. We went over the side of the tailings (creating small rock slides as we went) and then went down by the ponds that were created by the water coming out of the mine. We found all sorts of old metal and glass objects -- nails, spikes, a squashed mine car underneath the edge of the tailings pile, and even a metal gear which had to weigh 40 lbs. Then we looked through the tailings pile to see if we could find any gold and Katlin and Lisa both found some. We couldn't get into the mine itself because the entrance collapsed during the last major snowstorm a few years ago. But, we could ride up to the old manager's house (what the mine workers referred to as the mansion). Its foundation is still standing and you can see the chimneys which still reach 3 stories into the air. We also looked at where the other old outbuildings used to be and found lots of historic debris (bedpans, springs, porcelain pieces, etc.). Then Katlin took us down the mountain via another route which was in the trees and very pretty.
The next day Dad put us to work on the zip line. He has been wanting to get the zip line up and running so that we can ride it before we leave. There have been several major challenges though -- one of the most difficult to conquer has been trying to get it tight enough to not drag the person on the ground. So, this time he was trying a location where it didn't matter if there was some slack -- over a large ravine. Daniel, Katlin, Dad, and I worked for several hours to try to get this zip line to work. We got the starting point finished (finally, after many attempts) and then tried to get it so the line would run to the end point. Our problem was that the drop wasn't steep enough. We tested the line using the fence post driver and heavy metal pipe and they would only go down about half way before they'd stop and we'd have to climb down the ravine to fetch it and bring it back. Finally we though we had it about right for a person, so we sent Daniel down it. Unfortunately he still didn't go far enough and I had to go pull him up. The harness was also too tight on him and now he's slightly worried that we won't be able to have children (he said the ride down was "painful."). So, I guess we need to put some more slack in it or tie it off on a lower tree.
|Grandma Ream and Heidi|
|Rainbow colored soap at the car wash|
|Lisa on Rex|
|Old building at Union-Companion Mine|