For today’s blog on exploring, I typed the work Exploring into the wordpress tag search (daring, I know) with fabulous results! I discovered a beautiful blog called HARRYBIPEDHIKING, specifically a post about exploring an abandoned mine called Bergeson Prospect.
The post starts by recommending a book Discovering Washington’s Historic Mines series by Northwest Underground Explorations volume #1 which I hope to get my hands on soon. The amazon listing has a strange range of pricing from $30 to $340 which I find strange. I’ll ask my friends at Turn the Page Books about it.
I love to hike around Western Washington, but I have to admit, I hadn’t heard about exploring abandoned mines in Western Washington until today. The photographs on the site are beautiful, and though my experience exploring Ape Cave makes me less than enthusiastic about tromping around inside the earth, the pictures of Bergeson Prospect may be changing my mind.
Thank you to HARRYBIPEDHIKING for creating a lovely post and inspiring me with some local exploring. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
Have any of you explored abandoned mines?
That is a good looking blog! Even though I am on the other side of the planet from it, my wife and I have always enjoyed such places. During our honeymoon several years ago we went down lava tubes at Undarra! Anyway, nice 🙂
To you and readers, feel free to contact me, perhaps we can arrange a mine visit! A lot of these sites are eventually slated for closure, so you gotta see them while you can!
It’s available for closer to $30, I believe Oso publishing went out of business and the more expensive ones are the earlier editions printed by Oso, they are now being published by another company, though the name escapes me. They can be found at Barnes & Noble nowadays in the Washington history section, though selection may very. Only #1 and I believe #2 cover the western cascades.
Thank you. And thanks again for your informative post with such beautiful photographs.