Abandoned Mine in Wyoming
Bouncing around the 4X4 accessible trails near Centennial Wyoming, we came across this awesome abandoned mine. The view from the mine is pretty spectacular and I bet during its operational days it was beautiful to work at. Unlike a lot of other abandoned place I have been to, this one was not picked clean of the cool stuff – which is good and bad. From a visually accessible standpoint this place, like many abandoned locations was a nightmare to traverse with the sheer amount of debris on the ground and in surrounding areas.
The location for this photo was only accessible by 4X4 vehicle, I went there so you don’t have to. Since COVID, I have done more 4X4 trips with friends than I ever have. Maybe it it the social distancing, but I really am enjoying it. The toughest part about riding on a 4X4 trail when blind or visually impaired is that you don’t really get a clear understanding of what is coming. Riding in a car on the freeway is no big deal, you get the occasional bump and the natural action of the car accelerating and slowing, but with 4X4 travel, that is all thrown out the window. We roe in a lifted Jeep, and it had recently rained. Jeeps are inherently bouncy as it is, but driving through the ruts, and splashing through the mid puddles can be exhausting. You can’t expect to have the fully sighted riders tell you every bump coming up, so it is best to just brace yourself and be ready for the constant bouncing. I also find that branches are commonly very close to the side of the vehicle as your drive the paths, so keep those hands and arms in the vehicle at all time.
The photo I took is of the abandoned mine is a black and white image of an a small building used for mining. The large structure for hauling material up and down the mine juts out of the top of the small building. There are lumber pieces and debris scattered around the area in front of the small building. The trees around the building have lost their leaves already and the sky is dark and moody. A door is visible on the left side of the building, but there is no back wall and you can see straight through to the opposite side.
I don’t know the history of this site, but I appreciate that there is so much of it remaining after the years standing on this ridge. While not visible in this image, I am told that the view from the ridge is spectacular giving clear views of Centennial Wyoming as well as Laramie Wyoming in the far distance.
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