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    Default Secrets of the Tres Amigos mine

    After dilligent research, I decided today to venture out in search of the infamous Tres Amigos mine, near Ruby, Arizona.

    After more than an hour in first gear 4-Lo, over spleen dislocating bumps, I came upon a washed-out section of trail, that had I not been traveling alone, would have urged the mighty Sammi through. I decided a short hike might be the safer course of action.

    Lo and behold, after a scant five minutes, I came upon the mysterious and legendary Tres Amigos mine!
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    Default Inside the mine

    As I ventured forth inside, I had this uneasy feeling I was being watched. Every time I turned around, I would catch a glimse of something out of the corner of my eye. I convinced myself it was just nerves.
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    Default Curious finds

    Just past the entrance, on my right, was a shelf on which an assortment of rocks has been laid out for inspection. To me, just rocks. To the trained eye, who knows?

    After another 50 feet or so, I came upon a strange little room. As I entered the room, I found the floor littered with plastic bags of what to me appeared to be rocks and dirt.
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    Default Lights out!

    After exploring the room, I gathered the courage to explore further down the mine. As I ventured further, I had a harder time breathing, which, at the time I blamed on anxiety or stress, but in hindsight may have been poisoned air.

    My next memory was of lying on my back, staring into near complete darkness, the mine entrance being my only reference point. I had a throbbing headache and a bitter, almost metallic taste in my mouth. My right ankle was painfully twisted, yet still usable, and I had a strange bump on the back of my head. A quick inventory revealed my six gun still in its holster, and my wallet and camera intact as well.
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    Default Escape from Tres Amigos.

    As I gathered myself up I discovered the air was very hard to breathe when I stood up, but it felt easier to breathe and move around when I was closer to the ground.

    I resolved to exit the mine on all fours, as I no longer trusted the air up higher.

    As I passed the room, now on my left, I had to take one last peek inside.

    One of the plastic bags was open, on a makeshift table. I honestly don't remember it being there before. It was left open, and I examined the contents carefully. After careful examination, I finally realized the secret of the Tres Amigos mine.

    The **** with the bad air. I sprinted out the shaft as quickly as my bad ankle allowed.

    I will never expore this mine again, nor will I reveal its location. Not after today.
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    Default The truth

    The Tres Amigos mine is an interesting hole in the mountain. Nothing more. All the rest is made up.

    I hope I didn't make anyone angry. I felt it was worth a little embellishing, thats all.

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    Way to go Brian! Great pictures, and interesting short story...nothing wrong with a little embell, and a disclaimer, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brian10x View Post
    After exploring the room, I gathered the courage to explore further down the mine. As I ventured further, I had a harder time breathing, which, at the time I blamed on anxiety or stress, but in hindsight may have been poisoned air.

    My next memory was of lying on my back, staring into near complete darkness, the mine entrance being my only reference point. I had a throbbing headache and a bitter, almost metallic taste in my mouth. My right ankle was painfully twisted, yet still usable, and I had a strange bump on the back of my head. A quick inventory revealed my six gun still in its holster, and my wallet and camera intact as well.
    Well Brian I would say as long as a bottle of vasaline was nowhere insight you should be ok when a mine has water in it the water evaporates and goes to the top of the mine the evaporated water has gasses in it thus you get bad air when you stand in front of the mine and dont feel a draft this says the mine has no ventilation and the bad air has nowhere to go.when you walk through the water it stirs up the gasses and you end up on your back or face the reason you could breathe on the floor of the mine is all of the gasses rise and all of the oxygen stays down low. buy an air monitor to take with you then youll know for sure if the air is good or not.
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    May I also add you're lucky it is obviously not your time to check out you could have died. As for the bags of material they appeared to be sample bags for assy purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbodine View Post
    Well Brian I would say as long as a bottle of vasaline was nowhere insight you should be ok when a mine has water in it the water evaporates and goes to the top of the mine the evaporated water has gasses in it thus you get bad air when you stand in front of the mine and dont feel a draft this says the mine has no ventilation and the bad air has nowhere to go.when you walk through the water it stirs up the gasses and you end up on your back or face the reason you could breathe on the floor of the mine is all of the gasses rise and all of the oxygen stays down low. buy an air monitor to take with you then youll know for sure if the air is good or not.

    Hey Brian...I was going to help ya out on this one, but I think it'd be better if the "news" flash came from you!
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