Mean while my brother and his wife were awaiting news on whether Arthur made the top 14 in freestyle clogging. Shortly after we returned from our ride they got the good news that he had made it, so after a great early dinner we headed back up to north Salt Lake City to the competition venue to see if he would medal. I don't know much about clogging, unless it comes to "unclogging" toilets, but I had seen Arthur dance the night before and compared to the others I thought he measured up quite well. As it turns out he was good, and won 4 medals over all for his performances. I think we finally headed home around 11pm, and enjoyed a nightcap with my brother and sister-in-law before heading off to slumberland for the night.
Sunday was, of course Mothers' Day, and my brothers kids prepared a great waffle breakfast complete with Mimosas. We sat out of the deck and enjoyed the delightful weather. We decided, over breakfast, that we would drive up to Kennecott Utah Copper Mine on the west side of the valley. This is the largest open pit mine in the world, and is the only man made structure that can be seen from outerspace. It is 2.75 miles across and 3/4 of a mile deep.
The large "haulage" trucks that haul the ore to the crushers are enormous. The trucks hold about 320 tons of material at a time! The Michelin tires (see Elaine standing next to one of them doing her best Vanna White imitation) cost $25,000 each, and there are 6 on each of these trucks. They are replaced every year, or after 50,000 miles, which ever comes first....amazing that these trucks travel 50,000 miles per year within the confines of the open pit mine.