The May wildflowers were in full bloom. It was a very pretty sight to see!
Getting here will be an endurance test for many. You must climb up and over a large hill and then decline into the ravine. Hiking back is just as grueling. Go in cooler weather!
I tend to trail behind because I can never pass up photographing a beautiful flower!
Follow the path up and all the way down using the coordinates I gave you to help lead you below. Once at the bottom you should hopefully spot some ruins!
I really wish I could get my hands on some more photos of this spot 100 years ago!
Despite us being in a horrible drought as of May 2015, the water was still flowing!
My friend Pacifico got a beautiful shot of it!
He also caught a crawdad:
Got this shot mid-pinch. Ouch!
It's a little hard to tell, but these are all ruins:
I believe this is one of the blasted mines:
Make sure you check out the rocks out here. I was told this about the stones below by rock expert Mike Best: "The copper colors the rock blue. That is equivalent to turquoise but of weak quality. Chrysoprase, Chalcopyrite are some of the mineral compounds that go along with the copper ore. Real good copper ore is called bornite and it has that metallic reddish copper color. Most of the blue chemicals are due to oxidation."
I had a feeling that there was more nearby, so I followed my senses! This took me thru some overgrown bushes, but the other side led to another small waterfall and more ruins!
I believe this is the old dam but I may be wrong. This helped create a lovely pond above which I did not photograph for some reason. Very pretty though.
Going back up I swear we were passing other mining prospects. Who knows!
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