a reply to: Flyingclaydisk
Wow, a lot of suggestions! Thanks! Let me hit them one at a time...
No mining. No one has ever dug a shovel into the ground or blasted a rock. This place is pristine nature. There's a gravel pit (strip mine) about a
mile and a half away, on another ridge, but I doubt that would have any effect.
BTW, I do call it "my mountain," but it is actually a smaller ridge. It is benched, with three limestone benches going to the top. If you're in CO,
you'd call it a bump.
Water: yes, we have had it tested. Our well last test was almost perfectly free of organic contaminants. It does have a decent sulfhur content and if
memory serves, a hint of iron. The well is around 100' deep.
I don't know of any artesian welling areas here. My neighbor (1/4 mile) dug a well that was about 10' from artesian, but I don't think that would
affect these pens. They have (well, had until a tree came down recently, will have again) a watering trough with a faucet from the well directly above
it that they drink out of.
No junk in or directly around the pens. There is an old dumping area farther up (2nd bench, I think) that hasn't been used in ages... I guess it
wouldn't hurt to check it out... water runs downhill and something could have started leaking. I don't know for sure, but it is possible there are old
batteries up there. It predates people worrying about that kind of stuff.
We do have granite! It is typically mixed in with the limestone...we used to call it "hard limestone" back in the day. I built a bridge once across a
small creek at the edge of the mountain (not around the goat pens) where I needed to bust out the limestone on each side to pour a concrete footing on
it. I used a 15-pound sledgehammer,and it broke up pretty easy.... except for one 'finger.' I swung the sledge at that little finger sticking up and
it rattled every bone in my body when it hit!
I wound up pouring that 16" section out of concrete rather than laying a concrete block there, lol. That sliver of granite wanted to stay more than I
wanted it to go.
Thing is, the granite is scattered throughout the area,and only that one area seems to be affected. It also didn't used to have a problem, but the
granite has been there longer than anything else. Still, wouldn't hurt to run a Geiger counter over it... been meaning to build one anyway.
No military anything. Pristine. And gonna stay that way, if I have anything to say about it.
Thanks again! I'll hike up sometime and check out that dump.