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The Chilean Mine Rescue And Other Mines!

October 13th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Chilean Miners Being Rescued
Chilean miner after being rescued.

I was watching the Chilean miners being rescued live on the internet this morning!  Incredible images that are amazing and emotional to watch showing the miners 2300 ft. below and the work that was done to rescue the 33 men trapped since the beginning of August!  I think everyone in Camp Esperanza will all breathe a huge sigh of relief when the final person emerges from the belly of the Earth and each miner can finally be reunited with their families and go home!

Mom listening to the mariachi band - not at the disco!
Mom in 1983 listening to the mariachi band – not at the disco!

My mother is returning home today as well.  If you’ve read my blog you know she’s been traveling around since the beginning of the year!  She took off in January with the rest of us to San Francisco and then came with us to Las Vegas where we couldn’t pull her away from the slot machines!  While everyone else went home, she’s still been running around at 88 years young!  Most recently she spent a month in Hawaii and then went on to Southern California.  She’ll stop at home for a few days before leaving once again, this time for a short weekend trip.  (I definitely get my wanderlust from my parents!)

Getting ready to go into the mines.
Getting ready to go into the mines.

But!  What does my mom have to do with the Chilean miners?  Nothing really, but It got me thinking about the first and only time I had gone down into the belly of the mines in Mexico.  I was visiting my mom from Paris in 1983 and she suggested we take a little trip down to Mexico.  If I had been visiting her in Texas I could understand, but being in Pittsburgh there was no way to make Mexico “a little trip”!  Did we go?  Of course we did!

Making your way down into the mines.
Making our way down into the mines.

While heading to Mexico City, we stopped in Zacatecas to visit family and one of my cousins took us to La Mina, a unique discotheque down in the mines of El Eden!  We got on a little train like the ones that took the miners down into the silver mines.  It took us along the tracks through La Esperanza Cavern and after going 1050 ft. down into the belly of the mine we finally arrived!

Going toward the disco!
Going to the disco!

Very chic, very modern even back in those days.  It was such an exotic place to have a disco!  The acoustics were fantastic, the drinks flowed and while dancing you could look up and still see silver and turquoise embedded into the rock walls.  Talk about a great place to dance the night away!!!  We did!  It was a night that my mom and I have never forgotten!

Getting ready to dance!
Getting ready to dance!

Maya Muses:  The Chilean and one Bolivian miners with their Camp Esperanza brought back wonderful memories with my mom down in the mines of Mexico in La Esperanza Cavern.  I want to wish all the Chilean miners rescued, and being rescued, a long, healthy, and happy life where the music and drinks will continuously flow and may they always dance with their loved ones!

Me in 1983 when mom and I went down to Mexico.
Me in 1983 when mom and I went down to Mexico!

Disco La Mina!
Disco La Mina!

Photo Credits:  Flickr and Personal Photos

Tags: In The News · Is Anyone Listening? · Paris - Paname · Special Moments · Travel

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Oct 14, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I have several comments Lynn, first of all, what a great ending to something that could have ended so tragically!

    Second, who would have thought to make a mine a disco, what a great idea! Is it still a disco today or has it closed down?

    And last, but most important of all, what kind of vitamins does your mother take because I’ll go stock up on them today!!! Your mom is really some kind of lady!!!

  • 2 Lynn // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I know, I watched the Chilean miners being rescued for hours, as I was doing other things, but it’s amazing how we can watch something live anywhere in the world now!

    As for La Mina disco, yes it’s still going strong! I found that out as I was looking for photos of it on the internet and there are plenty. It’s quite an experience.

    My mom is an amazing lady! Most of her, no all of her kids have trouble keeping up with her! What’s her secret? I don’t really know, some of us think it’s because she eats hot chili peppers everyday and others because she eats garlic everyday. She writes a journal everyday, we tell her she should start her own blog.

    I say she’s like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going and going!

  • 3 Luis // Oct 19, 2010 at 1:54 am

    I was at La Mina a few years ago, great place, nice people. I really liked Zacatecas, it wasn’t touristy like so many places in Mexico have become. Hope it stays that way.

  • 4 Lynn // Oct 19, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I agree Luis, places like Cabo and Cancun just aren’t Mexico!

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