Last picture for now. My Jeep can easily handle inclines like that. There's Mrs. StupidBunny trying to hold back the awesome. Disregard the tilted horizon and mountain. There is no camera trickery here.
Funny you mention that...steep inclines are fun! (This one is real, FWIW)
There is some great stuff around Searchlight, and it seems like there's a lot more active mining there than there is in Goodsprings.
We met security from an active mining area around Sandy Valley. He was super cool. That active claim wasn't clearly marked, so he wasn't at all mad about us being there. We talked for a while about which mines are active and he helped us plot out areas to avoid in the area.
He did mention about there being an increase of Border Patrol in the area. I guess we weren't the only ones who noticed the suspicious activity a few weeks ago.
This mine spanned 4 levels down and two levels up. The mines that have easy access are well vandalized and picked clean, but since this area was well hidden there was still so much to see. A similar Texaco pail just sold on Ebay for over $60.
This was an ore chute in one of the upper levels. In the lower left corner you can see an old pair of leather soled shoes. The shoes were so worn there were holes in the soles with nails exposed. Just above that ore chute was a platform with a spoon and a metal coffee cup and plate.
Can anyone identify this? This was in the lower workings of that mine. It's old, but I'm not sure how old. The bottle to the left is next to it, but completely separate. It appears to be part of the rocks now, but the texture isn't like other fossils I've seen in caves. It might have been buried in the fine sand and the shaft flooded. After it dried, it may just appear to be part of the rocks.