Archive for June, 2013

Mining for silver and gold in Nevada… The JCK gem ad jewelry show in Las Vegas is great too!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
camping at a silver mine

camping at a silver mine

So I went on this trip with Douglas Diamonds jewelry store. We (family owned business) own mines in various places in Nevada and Arizona and visit them periodically to assess their viability. It’s pretty awesome being out in the desert, pretty much close to NOWHERE and NOTHING (we passed a town with that name). You look at the vast sky at night and you just have to say God is everything. Everywhere and EVERYTHING.

mine shaft

mine shaft — that’s Bev

There was this mine shaft — probably from the 1940s — and Bev and Deb and Alayne got lowered down into the shaft on an electric winch. Not me. I’m not going down 60+ feet into total darkness. I’d rather crawl in on the solid earth. Even if it means sliding on rocks, using a rickety ladder to cross an abyss, using a rope to scale a 20 foot rock face, sliding backwards on makeshift stone steps, crawling down another rickety ladder… we had to come out that way anyway!

out of the mine

out of the mine

So what, I got a little dirty.

nice turquoise vein

nice turquoise vein

 We saw a nice turquoise vein outside of the mine too.

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

After 3 days of primitive camping — you know the kind with a shovel and a hole– we got to spend a beautiful day on Lake Mead with Scott driving our rented speed boat.

jck gem and jewelry show

jck gem and jewelry show

Then it was off to Vegas for the gem and jewelry show. So nice to have a shower and a bed!

scotty dog earrings

scotty dog earrings

Visit me at everythingvintagesteph and check out some of my findings!

 

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