1,000,000 Pounds Of Dirt Challenge
1,000,000 POUNDS OF DIRT
A Project To Help Demonstrate
The Outrageous Amounts Of Energy I Had On A
"Raw Food Diet"
I worked on this project when it was over 100 degrees and when it was below 0 degrees and I enjoyed the challenges that came with the changing weather rather than looking at them as reasons that I couldn't work on this project.
I just knew that I would hit a pipe sooner or later.
If you live in the city don't bother spending $20 on a "Pull-Up Bar" that you install above a door in your home. Just go outside, dig up your city water pipes, and use them as pull-up bars instead!
(I'M KIDDING OF COURSE, PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME)
There was a really big dead tree in the yard and since I am into "composting"
I thought that it would be fun to dig a grave for it.
(After it was cut into pieces that I could actually lift or roll.)
"Tree Compost Pit"
8 feet deep x 12 feet long x 20 feet wide
(Throwing the logs into the hole was one of the funnest workout I ever had)
Well, well, well... I dug a well without even trying to!
My intentions with this hole was simply to dig the deepest hole that I could, and it honestly never even occurred to me that I could hit water by doing so. But once the hole started getting really deep I noticed that the dirt was starting to have some moisture to it, and as I continued digging downward I eventually found myself standing in a small puddle of water. (And I kept digging until the water was up to my ankles, and then my knees, and eventually my waist!)
When I was digging in the waist-high water I kept getting this really eerie feeling that the ground below me was going to collapse at any moment and that I was going to fall into some kind of underground river. (That might sound silly, but I kept a rope tied around my waist just to help set my mind at ease about it.)
Getting ready to haul another bucket of dirt out of the well.
(It's nice to know that if I ever don't have running water I can dig a well.)
This big hole resulted in some unexpected company...
CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!!!
A "Channel 10 New" helicopter showed up at my house while I was digging this big hole and hovered over me for at least 30 minutes. The pilot circled the hole several times while looking right at me. and he was also yelling into a headset and looked upset.
(I just waved and kept on digging :)
According to the "National Institute Of Standards And Technology" 1 cubic foot of dirt weighs 120 pounds. I dug a lot of holes and dug a total of 10,000 cubic feet of dirt during this project which would put me well over the 1,000,000 pound mark. (Plus I also had to bury all of the holes that I dug too, which means that I technically had So I think that it's safe to say that I dug 1,000,000 pounds of dirt.
A total of 4 shovels and 1 rake broke on me while working on this project.
All of the rocks that I dug up during this project.
I decided to use the rocks to make a border around the area that I did this project, and I'm happy to say that what for many years had been an empty backyard will now be an organic vegetable garden.
"Prehistoric Pet Rock"
Heart shaped rocks that I dug up.
So what was the point of digging 1,000,000 pounds of dirt???
Well, there were certainly a lot of physical benefits that I received from doing this project such as getting lots of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine. I also had a lot of fun working on this project. Plus now that I have completely my goal of digging 1,000,000 pounds of dirt I know that I can certainly handle much smaller challenges that come my way. But I didn't do this project for any of those reasons, and digging 1,000,000 pounds of dirt wasn't the true goal that I wanted to achieve with this project...
This project was all about "Love".
If someone out there sees these images and feels inspired to exercise, or to start their own garden, or to simply buy a bag of grapes the next time they go grocery shopping than I put this extra energy that I have been raving about to good use and I did what I set out to do with this project.
Every one of us has the potential to change the world for the better and now that I believe it I'm going for it!