This post's theme is metal to comply with this week's Unplugged Project. Without Mr. Intensity's spontaneity, I'm not sure we could have participated. Then again, if you read Mom Unplugged's entry you'll see that artistic freedom is allowed.
In this first picture, Mr. Intensity is wielding an iron bar. He was pretending it was a spear. Doesn't he look like a savage?
Please accept my apologies that he's in his skivvies. His pants got wet in the pond...he put his shoes on a board and they floated too far. He went in after the shoes.
Later, he used it as a shovel.
Below he has two bars. I'm not sure what's going on in his mind.
As we prepared to leave our campsite, the men made certain the fire was out. Smokey the Bear would be proud! Using his metal shovel was a highlight of the trip.
On the way home we stopped to see this very fun tourist attraction in Miami, AZ (locals pronounce it MY-am-I). The huge truck inside the other truck's bed are both used for mining copper.
Since would take another 1.5 hours to get home, hubby ran out some wiggles with Mr. Intensity. In the upper left you can see the copper mines.
While we were gawking, a guy who lived across the street walked over and asked if we wanted to get closer. He had a key to open the gate so Mr. Intensity could climb on and in the big truck. Below you'll see me in the bed of the mining truck - and more mines in the distance above my right shoulder.
- copper is now sold for $3/pound
- drivers of these trucks are currently paid $25/hr and work 12 hr shifts
- the mining companies can't find enough workers (despite the poverty-stricken town) because most can't pass the drug test. Meth has plagued Miami.
To see what others have done with metal, make sure to visit Unplug Your Kids.