|Zorro says, "this is great!"|
Thursday morning found us skiing to explore the historic ghost town of Dyersville.
The town of Dyersville was inhabited in the late 1800s/early 1900s to work the nearby Warriors Mark Mine. Our goal this Thursday morning was to ski, photograph and perceive both Dyersville and the Warriors Mark Mine. Skiing a success... Photos a success (see below)... Ghosts? No - boo! ;-)
The route was an interesting contrast in terrain.
- The first 2.4 miles was a hard packed, uphill & well traveled cross country ski trail - the Indiana Creek winter trailhead up the Indiana Creek trail until the right turn to Dyersville.
- The next 0.5 miles was exhilarating! As soon as we turned off the main trail onto the path to Dyersville, we were met with deep & untouched powder - Max, Zorro and I trailblazing the path to & through Dyersville and up to Warriors Mark Mine.
- The snow was so deep in sections that I lost "touch with ground" - that is, multiple times I drove my ski pole into the snow to help propel us upwards and my arm & pole drove straight down past my foot, never connecting with solid ground! Yes, that is the length of my arm plus the length of the ski pole in depth and I never connected with solid earth!
- The next 0.5 miles was the return (in the same deep powder) from Warriors Mark Mine back to the main Indiana Creek trail.
- The last 2.4 miles was, again, the hard packed & well traveled trail to Indiana Creek winter trailhead. Except this direction was downhill (the elevation delta over this section is about 1000 feet)... Hard packed, occasionally steep and attached to 2 Siberian Engines - yikes, this was a test for my intermediate skiing skills!
|The first abandoned cabin of Dyersville.|
|Continuing on to see more of Dyersville.|
Those tracks in front of us are RABBIT TRACKS!
|A water crossing to another cabin of Dyersville.|
Note the narrow "snow bridge" to the left - this was our path over the ice cold, fast running stream.
|Starting up from Dyersville to Warriors Mark Mine.|
Fresh, untouched and deepening powder!
|The narrowing & deepening trail to Warriors Mark Mine.|
|Warriors Mark Mine.|
The snow was waist deep in the "shallow sections" here.
I did not want to get too close to the mine for fear of what I could not see under the snow...