On May 21st the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake organized a clean up day to remove grafitti on the East side of the lake near the Pyramid. We had a great turnout thanks to Wendell Henry, Lela Leyva, Susie Albright, Truckee Bob, and many others that contributed their efforts to make this happen. Sierra Soda Blasting donated their time, labor and equipment, as did Custom Painting and Decorating from Sparks. Pyramid Lake Search and Rescue and the Paiute Fire Dept were both there with their equipment and muscle.
The Entrance now has a sign for limited access for Tribal Members Only.
Early Morning about 8:00 am, a view coming in to help with the clean up.
Frank is from sutcliffe and was one of the blasters that helped clean the Grafitti off the Tufa.
The Tufa rocks and surrounding areas were full of broken bottles, plastic, metal cans, paper, food wrappers, you name it, we found it. I found two plastic GI Joe figures and a really cool old fishing lure.
In the beginning before the blaster ( I love that word) machines arrived the guys were using drills with wire brushes on the end. It was taking forever, but it did do a decent job of getting the black paint off.
This is the generator that powered the drills.
The guys had to be very careful. The tufa rock is sharp and you had to stand in a precarious position in order to get to it.
These drills did a pretty good job of getting the top layer of paint off the tufa.
Finally the Big Guns showed up with the blasters! (love that word)
This guy is dragging the hose up so the guys can get started with the soda blasting.
Sierra Soda Blasting donated their time and equiptment. This is Alonso and he was in charge of working the blaster machine. I had a movie of Alonso explaining the process, but the file was too large to download. The soda is a non chemical process that will not harm the tufa.
It was very loud and dusty. They guys looked like ghosts when they were finished.
Linda, who lives in Sutcliffe donated her time to pick up trash found in and around the tufa rocks. Its not any easy job either. Trying to keep a foothold and not slip.
The boys from Nevada Skies Youth facility at Big Bend in Wadsworth showed up to give a helping hand!
There were numerous areas that the graffiti had to be removed. This one was just behind the Stone Mother.
All ages showed up to help clean up the Pyramid Site.
Everyone worked really hard to get the tufa back to its original state.
This is the second round of soda blasting.
They used water to wash the soda off the tufa but it will take time for it to return to its normal state.
Blasting the fire soot off the tufa
Linda and Tex show us the trash they found on the beach.
The Pyramid Lake Veterans & Warriors Organization provided the BBQ Lunch for everyone after we finished, and it was delicious!!!!
Before we ate lunch we had a wonderful Prayer and Song from the Paiute Tribe. I did not feel it was appropriate to take pictures during that time.
One of the guys found a snake to scare the kids with…!
They reluctantly decided to touch it.
The weather was very cooperative and gave us a warm day with sun and clouds. Stone Mother will be keeping her eye on you.
All in a days work.
A Big Thank you to everyone who showed up to help clean up the graffiti.
Pyramid lake is spiritual. A place I love to come and just be. I consider it an honor to have been able to explore and photograph her in all her moods.
“The Journey that you take is more important than your destination”
Thank you for this journey.