Only a couple of pics left. Here’s the bullwheel from the mine. These things are so impressive. It looks like with only a little elbow grease it could be working again.
And the shaft itself. There’s a big gate around the shaft to protect people from falling in. As you can see, there’s some distance to fall.
Down the hill from the shaft is another tunnel. The Luckey Golden. From the looks of it, this mine was worked as recently as 1987.
It has a gate to keep people out now. You’d be surprised at how many people get hurt in these mines.
While I was there I caught one of these lawbreakers in the act. I warned him, “Pops! Stop! You have too much to live for!” He just stood there smiling. He knew what he had to do.
And so ended our recon trip to the Alabama Hills. We’ll be back up there soon. Now that we know what to expect, and what dangers to steer towards. Umm, I mean steer away from.
Morning came and it was time to do some exploring. First it down to Lone Pine for some food and maps. Lone Pine is the gateway to Mt. Whitney. So there are alot of services available for the mountain.
The area reminds me of Joshua Tree or Cougar Buttes. Lots of rocks to climb on and admire.
We made our way down a slot canyon. Some rocks had fallen while we were in there and we were stuck. My Pops had to get to work clearing the trail. He’s a beast!
To be continued . . .