While up in the Coal Region area yesterday, I came across these HUGE earth/coal hauling trucks. They are known as “Yukes” in this area. They are massive! Notice the driver at the lower left compared to the truck.
A better look at this truck. What they were doing here was reclaiming the Land that once was a “Strip Mine” years ago. A “Stripie” as they are called is a big hole in the ground used to mine Coal from the near surface. When all the Coal was taken out, it was left as it was. A big huge scar in the earth! Now, slowly, the Land is being filled in to help Mother Nature grow, that was once a waste land.
There are a number of “Stripie Mines” that are still left over from long ago. A good portion of them are full of water and can be more than 200 ft. deep! The machinery that was used is left at the bottom of the Mine. It’s not really a good idea to go swimming in these “Stripie Mines”. You have no idea what your going to encounter! The water is darn cold because it’s usually spring/or rain water that has filled the hole over the years. There have been people that drowned in these open holes. Sometimes the temptation is just too great on a hot summer day to take a swim. By doing this, you just may loose your Life!