Monday, June 25, 2007

(Nothing gonna) Break My Stride

Didya miss me???  Well, I'm baaaaaaaaack!!!!

Busy, busy! 

Visiting the mine on Saturday was great!  Tiring but great!  Not a lot of walking but a lot of standing still in one place on a very hard surface!  Tough on my body, but I made it!

Mining in the area began as early as 1739, and it is the only natural zinc mine of its type and size in the world.  However, it is cheaper to mine elsewhere than NJ, so it was closed in 1986, bought by a geology enthusiast and historian, and opened as a museum in 1990. 

It also has something nowhere else in the world has - florescent minerals!  Very cool.  There is a room that you stand in it and they turn on low wave UV light and it is the Rainbow Cave.  In my pictures you will see examples of those rocks on display.  The pics wouldn't come out in the Cave itself though.

The mine has even been featured in a Travel Channel show.  Very interesting.  I took a lot of pics in the old dressing room for the miners.  You can see their lockers, clothing, and showers.  Hubby was wayyyy too tall to be aminer, as you can see he is standing in the shower!  I took pictures of lots of fossil specimens they had too.  Even a t-rex head!

I also took pictures inside the mine showing equipment, drills and shafts. 

Inside the Rainbow Cave everyone was able to chose a specimen of rock to keep that had the glowing minerals.  It is very rare to find the blue colored hydrozincite on the freebies.  Well, Pumpkin and my dad both got samples of it!  The mine guide said that if they put them on ebay they would sell for about $30 a piece!  Ours are staying in our rock collections.  My dad bought a handheld UV light for us to show them off!

After the mine and the McD's lunch on the way home, I took a nap, and rested my hip and back.  Hubby took the kids to the pool.  After dinner we rented the movie GhostRider with, Nick Cage, and it was really good!  We all loved it!

Sunday, Fuzzy and Hubby had to go to a Cub Scout ceremony for about an hour.  Fuzzy is a Den chief, and as a Boy Scout representative he has been working with a den of Webelo 1 Cub Scouts.  They had their ceremony and crossed over to Webelo 2's.  All the boys and leaders were excited to have Fuzzy there, and he handed them their awards and patches as they crossed over the bridge!  Afterward, they had a bbq, Hubby and Fuzzy mingled for a little while.  All the boys are looking forward to being Webelo 2's and all want to move up to Boy Scouts, too.

Once they arrived home we all went to the pool for a nice afternoon as a family.  Last night, my dad treated us for a dinner out.  It was a wonderful busy weekend and a great start to the summer vacation for the kids!

Today, we have been having a quiet, resting day at home.  Hubby needed the car to get to a doctor appointment.  He needs to set up having a colonoscopy because of the diverticulosis

So, that brings us to today!  Hooray!

be well,

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coelha said...

Wow..  You sure took a lot of pictures!!  No wonder you are tierd!  Have a restful day!!  Julie :)

astoriasand said...

Oh I loved this posting very interesting.My father was a miner and started down there at the tender age of thirteen yrs old.COAL.Still it was such hard work.I loved the picture of the statues of the old miners.You certainly look to have had a great break away and having the lovely meal your father treat you all to.I hope Hubby goes well with hid doc appointment and future appointments too.Lovely pics of the children.Thanx for sharing .Take Care God Bless Kath

tendernoggle said...

This was so cool! But i have to tell you that I went down into a mine once on a tour and I got so claustiphobic (sp?)...I nearly passed out..!!! lol So, I wouldn't have been any good as a miner either! lol
Hope all the tests turn out ok for your hubby!
love ya,

jckfrstross said...

have a good week:)


dpoem said...

Several years ago, I was doing a story on Milwaukee's deep-tunnel project, and I had to spend a lot of time in the cold, damp, deep underground.  It was wickedly painful on the arthritis front.  Oy.  But, mines are pretty fascinating places.  


pharmolo said...

Sounds like a very interesting weekend, Dawn. Have a good week.

sunnyside46 said...

I love the way your family has fun together

deshelestraci said...

That looks like a great trip.  We did stuff like that the whole time I was growing up.  They make great memories for the family.

ktkamanski said...

I would enjoy such a visit to a place like this, but don't know if my claustrophobia would! Thank you so much for sharing your weekend! Thanks for the reads! Have a happy!!!

sugarsweet056 said...

Glad you all had a fun time!

helmswondermom said...

I love the pictures.  I would have enjoyed touring that mine.  My daughter is a little junior geologist, and she has tons of fossils, minerals and stones of all sorts.  

tenyearnap said...

I am always thankful to the historians who buy up places like this to preserve the history for the rest of us. --Cin

toonguykc said...

Cool pics!  I've always been a big fan of rocks and caves!!!


eml625 said...

Your right, a great start to summer !!! Glad you had a good time.

klconard1 said...

Wow what a fun expidition!z  Congrats to Fuzzy on getting his Webelo 1's to cross over into 2's!  I bet he is a good Den chief.
loving you

cherry2sweet2eat said...

thats good you had a great time.

lurkynat said...

dear Dawn,
glad you had an enjoyable time! cheers

rdautumnsage said...

Sounds like a wonderful expedition! Loved the pictures of the gemstones under the UV light. (Hugs) Indigo

luddie343 said...

Wow so busy busy busy!  I saw this title and immediately thought of that song, now I can't stop singing it!  "Aint nothin gonna break-a my stride, I'm runnin and I wont slow down, oh no, I got ta keep on movin..."  Stay well friend - CATHY

randlprysock said...

Sounds like lots of fun and happy memories!!!  What a great weekend!!!!!!  Hugs,

sangrialel said...

thanks for sharing the pics, they are great!  Linda