posted on Apr, 18 2016 @ 04:34 PM
Snow fell heavily outside as the three of them discussed the shaft and railroad tracks. Ben said he thought he remembered hearing about a mine on the
other side of the ridge but it was supposedly lost in an avalanche many years ago and forgotten. And that would be the only feasible use for rail
tracks up here. But why did they run down into the mill ? Didn't make sense unless someone was trying to hide what was happening at the mine back in
its heyday. They decided to check it out.
Sarah would stay back with Blue, while Ben and Josh would follow the shaft as far as they safely could. Light backpacks were filled with food, water,
and extra batteries. After thirty minutes of running over "what-if" scenarios and conferring with Sarah, Ben and Josh set off to explore. They
followed the tracks for about 200 yards as they wind down to the right and then back up to the left, now steeply. Josh took the lead as Ben tired a
bit. Another 1/2 mile, uphill. Then it leveled off, ending at a pile of rock and beams. They had reached the site of the cave-in and it appeared the
passage was blocked completely.
An hour had gone by and they were ready for a rest. Over a ham sandwich and some water, Ben and Josh talked about the abrupt dead end to the shaft.
"Wonder if we can work our way through this heap of rocks and find out if the other side has anything to offer", Josh asked. "Probably not", said Ben,
"Too much work and just look at this stuff, worthless as a whistle in a wind storm", handing a jagged broken piece to Josh. Josh looked at the rock in
his hand carefully. Slowly he stood up and shining his flashlight directly onto it said, "I don't know Ben, we might have a little potential here.
This looks like a piece of Acanthite, good Acanthite. That's Silver Sulfide ! We may be on to something here.
Ben began to laugh. Then they both laughed together.