Mountain Lily Mine: The Slow Movement

October 2, 2014 in Mountain Lily Mine, Uncategorized

It’s been 16 months since we reported on the Mountain Lily (Ware) Mine at the northern edge of San Diego County. Development is slow when mountain-moving is involved.

For instance, in July, it took days for John McLean, Ben Castillo, and Casey Jones to drive the Deere (pictured below) to the bottom of the hill. Then, up the hill with lead- and trail-cars. Then the Deere literally made its own road.

Deere photo image

Deere after days' drive up the mountain to the Mountain Lily Mine. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Road Making photo image

The Deere had to make its own road. Late July 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

The Deere’s next task was to do a little pegmatite exposing…

Deere Begins Pegmatite Exposure photo image

The Deere clears out brush in preparation for the pegmatite exposure. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Deere Exposing Pematites photo image

The Deere does some preliminary exposing of the pegmatites in early August. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Being Exposed photo image

View of the Deere's work. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Let’s not forget where we are. We have a great view of a grand valley and Lake Henshaw…

Valley photo image

View of the valley from the Mountain Lily Mine. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Panorama View From Mountain Lily Mine photo image

A panorama view from the Mountain Lily Mine. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Back to work. The Deere eventually uncovered the old workings and adit.

Deere At Old Workings and Adit photo image

The Deere approaches the old workings and adit. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Getting Closer to Old Workings and Adit photo image

Getting there… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Adit Exposed photo image

At last the adit is exposed. Early August 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Nearly two months later, in late September, more pegmatite exposure. The site is prepared and made safe for future mining.

Deere and Wall photo image

The Deere scrapes the pegmatite wall. Late September 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Exposure photo image

Close view of the pegmatite exposure… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Pegmatite Exposure photo image

…pulling back… (Photo: Casey Jones)

Preparing Site photo image

…and back. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Above the clouds…

Morning Clouds photo image

Morning clouds, mid-September 2014. (Photo: Casey Jones)

Mountain Lily Mine: The Slow Movement

One Comment

    1. Gerald Demaree says:

      Quite fascinating: a black hole (for money) with a gorgeous view.

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