We had a major breakthrough (literally) this evening! Not only were we wicked productive, but the weather could not have been more perfect. As usual, we got to the nitty-gritty as dusk came on and we found ourselves fumbling a bit in the dark. Okay, we may have fumbled a bit because of the beers, but remember kids, it’s important to stay hydrated! Before we get to tonight’s photo documentation, let’s take a quick look back….
and now, onto this evening’s work…
Neal and Heather at the start of the evening. 7.26.11
After Neal dug down another 6 or so inches, I used a sledge hammer to begin chipping off the concrete and loosening the brick.
We took turns—it was hard work! FINALLY we knocked a hole in the side! While we’re nearly 3.5″ deep at this point, the privy walls extend at least another 2 feet subsurface.
It’s NOT all digging and drinking beer. Neal hamming it up for the camera—beware of the strangling privy roots!
Heather G. joining the dig crew, removing some brick debris before continuing with the demolition.
With the side open, we began prying and knocking bricks and concrete outward—careful to not knock it into the privy (and thus, potentially breaking bottles inside)
Victory… in ski goggles.
But seriously folks, safety first.
Prying the privy side off. Under the concrete was brick–fourteen layers from bottom to top
prying off the last chunks
prior to opening up the side, we’d stuffed a tarp inside the privy to protect the items inside from falling debris
JIG in the privy. It’s hard to see, but I’m a few feet below surface and sitting inside, surrounded by the privy walls. From this perch, I began pulling out rusted cans and other items from inside. Photo by Heather G.
View inside the privy
JIG photographing items. Photo by Heather G.
broken glass with starburst pattern. A vase/stemware piece and a small pitcher.
Beautiful diamond patterned bottle with metal screw lid and two smaller matching square-ish bottles.
Cesar and Neal, post dig relaxation!
The small bottle (approximately 2 inches tall) with glass dropper (?) found intact inside a rusted can deep inside the privy. Up until I pulled this piece out, I hadn’t wanted to take home anything we’d found. However, this delicate little bottle positvely woo’ed me and Neal kindly gave it to me. I can’t wait to find out more about it…
All told— a very successful evening with about 10 bottles and 20 rusted cans removed. The evening was capped off with yummy tostadas, a quinoa veggie salad, and coconut zucchini bread— a feast for the hungry diggers.
Our expedition is coming to an end—perhaps one or two more sessions left. Stay tuned…Hoffa could still be in there!