Today really was a lazy day. We left the motel around midday and went down to Boulder to look at the monthly market day.
Doing some research last night, we found out that many of the museums in Boulder are currently closed due to earthquake damage. Evidently there was an earthquake on the 20th April 2010 that caused damaged to many historic buildings. (we had wondered why we saw so many with scaffolding around them)
This did make it a pretty short stroll around town and was disappointing as I was hoping to see the historic Philip Goatcher Curtain in the town hall.
The other item on list for the lazy day was the Mining Hall of Fame, but before that, the superpit lookout once again.
The huge CAT 793C dump truck on display. We did a guided tour up onto the cab deck. Some of the wear marks and bends in the steel were impressive. The rocks in the mine must be incredibly heavy to cause the damage.
The other attraction that we primary went for was the gold pour. A KCGM employee who also works at the Hall of Fame, talked about the process to extract the gold out of the rock and then performed a gold pour into an ingot. In this case, it was only 35% gold (65% copper) as insurance companies won’t let them do a higher percentage.
The actual Mining Hall of Fame building must still be a work in progress as it had some large areas basically empty.
Tomorrow morning we go on a 2.5 hour tour of the Superpit and associated areas.