We are having a rain day in Dawson. A good day for a shower and laundry. Those two things are events in Dawson! I don’t think any of us around here smell like pretty flowers…..
I bought a new toy for the mine site. I’m going to dig a REALLY big hole. I bought a 300 Komatsu excavator it weighs about 70,000 lbs. and has a 6 foot wide bucket. I bought it at an auction in Edmonton Alberta. It is a 2006 but it looks nice and seems to work well so far!!!
We saw bears, big horn sheep and bison on our drive from Washington. It was a nice drive although we stayed in Fort Nelson for a day waiting for them to clear the snow off the pass over the Rocky Mountains.
We have not been able to get to one mine site this season because of high water. We ford Bonanza creek to get up to that site. Bonanza creek is now a river……we will wait!
Several people said they wanted to come visit this season, but each has canceled. If anyone wishes to visit and have a guide in the Dawson area you are invited . We currently have plans to return to Washington around the first of August this year.
Sorry about the blurry ram. I was doing driver stuff at the same time!
Kathy continues to be a great helper, best friend and my love! Yeh! Really cool!
I think I understood correctly…..I don’t get facebook……Jay Spady is going to be in Skagway Alaska next month. We will be headed south by then. When in Skagway don’t miss an opportunity to ride the White Pass Railway. It is an historic narrow gauge railway that takes you from tide water into the the majestic mountains on the boarder of Alaska and British Columbia. The railroad had been the way to get to Whitehorse. Then a stern wheeler would take you the rest of the way to Dawson up
Train station Frazer BC
until 1957 when the Klondike highway was built. The gold ruhsers of 1898 hiked over the White Pass trail. There is also a tour that takes you to the top of the pass where you can ride bikes down….15% grade….hee-ha!
I have lived in Dawson many summers so I know interesting places to see that most visitors don’t see. We took Gary to the stern wheeler grave yard and several mines.
Schmidt Mining’s Quartz Creek mine
A smaller operation on Quartz Creek
While Gary was visiting our Upper Bonanza claims I let him run the dozer a bit. He found that digging permafrost is impossible. I had been pushing a bit of thawed mud off every few days all summer. About 100 feet behind the dozer in this picture I finally got through the ice and mud and found some of Ready Bullion Creeks pay gravel. It is not an easy thing as it is covered by many feet of frozen muck. I guess that has kept it safe for all these years. I am pretty excited to mine it! This years season is finished so it will need to remain hidden for another year!