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It's 17h20, so I leave Tough Nut Mine and begin the hike back to camp, passing through the slot excavated into the hillside Not far from the outhouse at Tough Nut Mine rest some rocks and a tiny wooden cross to mark a grave siteThumbnailsThese blue flowers are abundant wherever rock support walls exist along the old roadbedNot far from the outhouse at Tough Nut Mine rest some rocks and a tiny wooden cross to mark a grave siteThumbnailsThese blue flowers are abundant wherever rock support walls exist along the old roadbedNot far from the outhouse at Tough Nut Mine rest some rocks and a tiny wooden cross to mark a grave siteThumbnailsThese blue flowers are abundant wherever rock support walls exist along the old roadbedNot far from the outhouse at Tough Nut Mine rest some rocks and a tiny wooden cross to mark a grave siteThumbnailsThese blue flowers are abundant wherever rock support walls exist along the old roadbedNot far from the outhouse at Tough Nut Mine rest some rocks and a tiny wooden cross to mark a grave siteThumbnailsThese blue flowers are abundant wherever rock support walls exist along the old roadbed

I really wish I had enough time to continue just 1/2 mile further up the road to Tough Nut Spring to see possible water and anything else that might be there. But alas, time has run out.

I'm carrying a flashlight in my backpack in case I need it, but I really don't like hiking after dark in an area that I don't know, especially when there's no moonlight.