Finally found the Austin Mine
Had the chance on Saturday to do some ATVing and Hiking with the XYL and a friend of ours. Spent the better part of the day vising different mines, taking pictures, exploring and just enjoying the day. While we were heading towards one mine I saw an old two track trail off to the side and remembered that my research had show that there used to be a mine called the Austin Mine off in that direction. So we cut down that way and did some exploring.
Not to far into it we found that they had done a bunch of trenching on that trail to mitigate damage from water run off. It changed from a casual trail to a challenging trail quickly. The ladies stopped to do some photography and hiking and I pushed on through to see if the mine still existed. I could see the dumping area on Google Earth but no sign of a mine from those images.
After getting stuck twice, I managed to find the dumping field where I had to stop. A little hiking and I did find the mine in the side of the mountain. I was very happy to see that it still existed. So there is another mine, fairly close to the QTH, that I can activate one day. The trail is really bad and hauling all my gear down there on ATV is not going to be easy. If I had a more portable rig I could just hike the last mile. So maybe that is my next equipment challenge, can I pair down everything to a reasonable hiking weight. If money was no object then sure, I could do it. Doing it with what I have now is another question. Sounds like a challenge!
Still working on the video for the Pack Rat Mine. Hope to have that posted soon.
Do some research on your area and get out and do a MOTA activation. We want to see pictures and information from your Adventure!
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