Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 9

July 9th

Independence Mine.
I just have to say, what was I thinking!

Although this historic site is sliding off the mountain side it is still a great place to visit.  
It's amazing to think about the men (primarily) who followed this mountain pass before there was a road.  They set up their stakes and began mining.  
That would keep a person interested and tolerate a lot.
It was early 1900's when prospectors gleaned the land and was 
permanently closed in 1951.  The State of Alaska has done a fantastic job 
keeping some of the buildings open and renovated so that we can walk through and see what it was like to live and work in an Alaska mining camp.

So, why did I say...
"what was I thinking?!"

Picture weathered wooden boards, shale, dirt and green all sliding down a mountain
seemingly dangling from an old wooden rail trestle.
Now think about painting that!

Well, there's always a lesson to be learned and on July 9th at Independence Mine,
the lesson was about simplifying.

Definitely a more difficult subject matter but this whole challenge
is about practice, persistence and growth.  

Once upon a time at
Independence Mine


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