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    Kind of a funny story about that night, but I will try and work it in family-like ways...

    That old railroad house was about 3 hours from home, so it was dark on the ride back, and the baby had fallen asleep. Bored, I decided to make things interesting knowing Katie was just wearing her high heels, her dress and some jewelry; not a lot underneath shall we say. So with it being dark out, I coerced her into wearing just her heels and jewelry!

    That was okay, except she would drape the red dress over her when we came to towns due to the streetlights. So...I grabbed the dress and threw it in the back seat. That upped the ole ante!

    That was fine until we got close to home and approached a blind Tee Intersection. There was traffic coming from the left and right, but I could not really judge the distance. So I started to take off, but then slammed on the brakes due to the traffic from the left. I started to go again, and slammed on the brakes due to the traffic approaching faster than I thought from the right. I started to go a third time, and a car from the left came into vie, so I slammed the brakes on again. Just about that time, the car from the right went by....and it was a State Police Officer! She hit the brakes herself, and I began to freak out. Here I had a not-so-clothed wife, a baby sleeping in the back, and I am thinking, "hw am I going to explain this to a police officer and child protective services?" Worse yet, it is a small town, and knew the police officer was a woman!

    Go straight to jail and do not collect $200.

    Anyway, the police officer must have just been considering a stop, because she just kept going! Thankfully!! But that would have been some explaining to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OreCart View Post
    No, no, no...I did not take it all that you were "trashing him". If I conveyed that, I am so sorry. I knew exactly what you were saying.

    The only surprise to me on this particular video was, in the first one showing the kid being lowered down, they seemed like the rope system was perfect and they were 'experts", but then when things went wrong (getting him back up), they seemed like amateurs. I am not trashing them, plans do not always work out like you think, it just seemed like such a stark contrast to the first video to the second.

    As for us just happening along to that old house, that was TRUE! We even had our youngest daughter with us at the time. We had actually taken a side-road to go see a park, but when we got there it was getting late, and was hiking trails. Katie was not exactly dressed for hiking (her high heels), but when we ran across this abandoned railroad house, we explored it.

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    I know nothing about rope and using it to lower and raise myself. Your right though! And I'm not sure I would have liked the truck idea. That and they were running over the rope!!! I worked for a tree climber one summer and he was very picky about his ropes. When I saw them running over the rope I thought of the guy I worked for..He would have went off over something like that. hahaha" Don't let it get damp(don't put it away damp), don't run over it, if you see any damage bring it to someones attention...etc..." That and running that much rope over the edge like they did would worry me too. There has to be some kind of something to use so that it's not wearing on rock or whatever was on the edge there.

    And it's easy to sit on my keyboard and pick at stuff...So, This is just for conversation... I have no idea of what's safe or not...Just some of the things I thought about when watching. haha I know the bounce would have freaked me out too. haha I would imagine on that length it gets a little springy(?).


    Years ago I got permission to take pics of a house in Southern Ohio. We have them on a zip drive somewhere. The other day my wife showed me that there were pics that someone took and put on the net before they tore it down. It was pretty cool to think that we beat them by about 20 years. It was a shame that it wasn't saved, but it was in no where Ohio and had been flooded too many times over the years with out any repairs. It was past the stage of repair 20 years ago...Just a shame that it cost so much to save some of these places..They hold some cool history.

    And no, You didn't make me think I was trash talking him. I just thought I should put that in there...Because I really don't have a clue about this stuff...I just know I'd worry about everything if trying to do something like this..Not sure I could do it. especially what they showed in the video. I'd have to understand everything that I could before I even thought about going down a 550ft hole, that's a long way when you think about it, then running around down there. Like him banging the dynomite on the ground to knock the dust off..(I think I saw that in there)....I know my luck too well. If I would have done that then stuck it in my hat. It would have fell out of my hat part way up and blew me right out the hole into the sky! .. haha
    Last edited by Nitric; Mar 02, 2019 at 08:14 AM.

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    Given the water level was higher at points, the nitro may have leached completely out, and that stick was nothing but sawdust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitric View Post
    I know nothing about rope and using it to lower and raise myself. Your right though! And I'm not sure I would have liked the truck idea. That and they were running over the rope!!! I worked for a tree climber one summer and he was very picky about his ropes. When I saw them running over the rope I thought of the guy I worked for..He would have went off over something like that. hahaha" Don't let it get damp(don't put it away damp), don't run over it, if you see any damage bring it to someones attention...etc..." That and running that much rope over the edge like they did would worry me too. There has to be some kind of something to use so that it's not wearing on rock or whatever was on the edge there.

    And it's easy to sit on my keyboard and pick at stuff...So, This is just for conversation... I have no idea of what's safe or not...Just some of the things I thought about when watching. haha I know the bounce would have freaked me out too. haha I would imagine on that length it gets a little springy(?).


    Years ago I got permission to take pics of a house in Southern Ohio. We have them on a zip drive somewhere. The other day my wife showed me that there were pics that someone took and put on the net before they tore it down. It was pretty cool to think that we beat them by about 20 years. It was a shame that it wasn't saved, but it was in no where Ohio and had been flooded too many times over the years with out any repairs. It was past the stage of repair 20 years ago...Just a shame that it cost so much to save some of these places..They hold some cool history.

    And no, You didn't make me think I was trash talking him. I just thought I should put that in there...Because I really don't have a clue about this stuff...I just know I'd worry about everything if trying to do something like this..Not sure I could do it. especially what they showed in the video. I'd have to understand everything that I could before I even thought about going down a 550ft hole, that's a long way when you think about it, then running around down there. Like him banging the dynomite on the ground to knock the dust off..(I think I saw that in there)....I know my luck too well. If I would have done that then stuck it in my hat. It would have fell out of my hat part way up and blew me right out the hole into the sky! .. haha
    In the comments they said the rope was NOT running over the rock edge, but running over a piece of rebar, but it still would make me nervous.

    Frank's ex-girlfriend said on a video once that what would surprise people "is the heights involved inside a mine"; ironic in a way, that you could be deep underground and fall to your death, but some ore shafts are straight down by several thousand feet.

    My favorite video ever was when he climbed through all that old mine shafting, heard noises, popped up and found they had restarted the mine up and workers were inside. They asked him if he had climbed up the backway and did not seem to give to grunts about him being inside the place.

    But I love ole Frank, he reminds me of me. I talk to myself, grumble all the time, and do everything alone now ever since Katie went back to work. He is an old farmer too, admits when he does not know something, and knows about as much of geology as I do, so I can relate to him.

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    The photos that I posted are from the Delamar mine north of Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a large gold mine that operated from about 1890 to 1909. I've probably spent two or three weeks underground in that mine and still haven't see all of it. I know of 5 underground shafts in the mine (one of them is the first picture I posted) that are close to 300' each. It has some really amazing square-set timbering that we don't often find in most mines. We also found a few almost buried adits that we dug back open that gave us access to large parts of the mine.

    A number of years ago, there was a production company who contacted Mojave Underground, Underground Explorers, and myself to see if they could put together a reality show featuring the three exploring groups. Ultimately nothing ever came of it, but it would have been fun to do.

    I have a LOT of pictures on my website Abandoned mines of the Southwest if you want to see more underground pictures.

    Joanne

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    Thinking about it, he's damn lucky to have left that mine! As he headed back, he started hearing noises. With the way he couldn't keep his hands off the bracing, bet the sounds were Tommyknockers. I think things are about to move in that mine!

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    What exactly is a Tommyknocker? Pardon my ignorance, I've heard the term before but I can't get the definition solely from context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckshot View Post
    What exactly is a Tommyknocker? Pardon my ignorance, I've heard the term before but I can't get the definition solely from context.
    Mine sounds usually attributed to "Tommyknocker" ghosts. Jewish leprechaun ghosts by some accounts. Read more.

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