Duane’s turn to blog tonight. Gene and I went for a ride in an off road vehicle with a fellow from the park. I will have to get his name later. Gene set up our ride and we had a great time. We loaded into the off roader and away we went.
Through a bunch of washes.
Toward the mountains.
The old Belmont mine.
The Tonopah-Belmont Mine was one of the more productive mines near Tonopah. The mine itself is located 24 miles southwest of Wickenburg. Records indicate that the mine opened periodically from the 1860's through 1942. The mine has a 500 foot vertical shaft with workings at the 100, 250, 400 and 500 foot levels. The Tonopah-Belmont also has many adits, or horizontal entrances to the mine.The mine produced gold, silver, lead and copper.
Gene strollin’ on
The arch from the other side of the mountain
Down the mountain we go.
I have been out in the desert in a jeep but never in a Razor type four-wheeler. This is Gene’s first time in Arizona and first time in the desert. Both of us had a great time and got to see an area that is only accessible by four wheeler or a really long walk. Round trip was around 50 miles. We were out about 2 1/2 hours.
Tomorrow, Gene and I are going rock hunting with the man that operates the rock shop here in the park. We are going hunting for Apache tears, a black rock that polishes really nice.
Till next time,