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2012-01-21  
Seasons in the Sun--the Mines, AZ
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Seasons in the Sun--the Mines, AZ 
Seasons in the Sun--the Mines, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Jan 21 2012
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Not supposed to be hiking much so we took off for a spot on the map. Road needed some pruning but still plenty of pinstriping for the Toyota. At times rough ridgeline climb to a major mining area in a bowl in some little explored mountains ( in these times). Very historical place, also a fairly dangerous place with many shafts disguised by vegetation. So I will leave the exact location vague.
No buildings, a few foundations from hand stone to concrete slabs. Vehicles of varying vintage and types. Much glass and debris, most hidden by massive prickly pear fields. The bottom of a snuff bottle, top of an old milk bottle the type with the paper top, the bottom half of an old clorox bottle, necks of varying ages of beer and pop bottles.
We dropped a couple of shafts, very nice sparkly rock and colors here. Climbing out reminded me why I don't like climbing.Also the rope was short for the one shaft and I was the first down so Brian heard a lot of complaining about that. Many shafts --easily over 30, and several tunnels, most collapsed by natural means and by some help I suppose. Many old and newer road cuts, and some burro trails. The desert is doing a great job here removing traces of the smaller stuff, and the older trails.
We spent the night in high winds in the car, and the biggest bummer of the trip was the final demise of my car camping stove,threads stripped, I had to use some plastic to get it to grip the gas canister. It has seen many trips and years so time to retire. I could sharpen the threads but it's made out of pot metal and doesn't seem worth it.
Although people make it to this place it is not visited much and what is left is nicely intact.
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