The Second Draft Series
is a video project that will release a collection of old footage from the past few years that was either used, unseen or discarded by other film companies and projects. Why let a good thing go to waste?! Enjoy my SECOND DRAFT…
An elderly man, held up by the support of an old pine cane, approaches me with a look of confusion as I stand on my trailer pumping gas into my snowmobile. It wasn’t the machine, but rather a pair of skis flagging off like a make-shift spoiler that sparked the mans curiosity.
“What the hell are you kids getting up too?”, he grunts.
“This is our chairlift sir, we are heading up to the Sawtooth Mountains to go skiing!”, I reply.
Intrigued by our intentions, the old mans eyes glaze over as he recollects memories of his past slamming picks deep
in the mines of Idaho’s bed rock. Gas still pumping, he shared a story of quick money and easy women from an era when alcohol was once again legal and the Prohibition was over. Describing wild and drunken nights with a heavy slur of words, his story became incomprehensible.
Eventually the pump nozzle clicks and we part ways. Pulling away, I watch in my rear view mirror as the man shuffles off in the gravel on the side of the road. I’m following directions on my phone for Smiley Creek Lodge, Idaho and I can’t help but imagine the history of the mountains we were about to explore.
Everywhere you look at on the 900 acre plot of land you can see the remains of old mining equipment and structures. It was a lot of fun to explore the old mines, you just had to make sure not to ski into any holes.