Last week did a motorcycle trip out of San Jose to the “low” Sierra. We did not get above 7,000 ft. We hit a window of Blue Sky after weeks of rain in Central CA. Sacramento – Grass Valley – Nevada City – Quincy – and the end point, Chico. The Empire Star Mine, State Park near Grass Valley is awesome. It’s 853 acres.
The Empire Mine is “one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. It’s areal Gold Mine that is open for walk around tours. A lot of old buildings still stand. It was productive until the 1970’s. It’s hard to ruin a mine these days with EPA regulations. Mercury and cyanide were used in the past to remove debris from the nuggets.
Empire had over 360 miles of underground mine shafts. They went down as far as 3,000 feet beleow the surface. Wow. Millions were taken out utni the Feds set the price of gold in 1933 at #35 an ounce. This made it not even break even.
WW2 came along and the miners were declared “non-essential” and went to war. While gone, water filled up the lower areas. Pelton water wheel pumps had been used prior.
The big surprise on the trip was residual snow on the roads up high. Squirrely to move a bike through it.
Why am I telling you all this? Carpe Diem. I believe in seizing the day. It’s good to take day off and degauss a bit. I’ll be heading up to Yosemite soon for the Gateway Partners meeting. YOU can attend the session – contact me for details.
I hope the roads are clear. I hate chains.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com