Found out today I will be staying with our cut in half crew for the remainder of our time on the job I've been working on. I was told a couple weeks ago that I might be let go right about now, then I was told that I might stay on. Well, we're done with the bulk work finally, I think we have about 2 more days of trucking and all of our focus will be on the footings. This week has been pretty crazy, we were on a dead run to get down to the floor so the drillers could get gone. I think I did 4 or 5 lifts around the building, it's about 1,000 feet per lift around the whole building. Crazy to think that myself and a guy in a 200 faced over a mile of wall. Had some real long days, grade checking for 12 hours is really hard on the body. Today I got lucky and was in a 400 for about 4 hours, then I jumped in the D6R for about an hour, finished up the day in one of our Komatsu WA-350's running material from a ramp cut down to a sloped bench so it could be loaded out in the trucks. Here's a photo of the site taken 2 weeks ago. The wall straight across is 4 lifts deep. We went down to 2 more lifts from there, it's pretty damn deep now. You can see the drill rig parked, it's that blue excavator with a huge drill mounted on it, pretty sweet. They can drill 450 feet of wall in about an hour and a half, then the machine sits the rest of the day. This photo was taken on a Saturday, we weren't trucking material out. You can see the orange fabric rolled out right in front of the D8. Typically when exporting, trucks would come down the ramp and take a left, come around and shoot back up the ramp. In the heat of trucking, it was wide enough for 2 trucks wide and they'd be stacked in there pretty tight, we ran 50 trucks on a 1 hour cycle during the heat of things. Once we hit sand at the bottom, trucks can't run on it, so the sandy bottom where the fabric is laid was used to bridge over the sand, Then we placed 4-6" spalls over the fabric so the trucks don't get stuck. I believe when this photo was taken the trucks were bringing in the stone and that 400 is stockpiling it. When I first started this job, there were no walls shot in yet and only the road in the bottom was cut but it was much higher. We had 30 foot wide benches at the top of where the walls now sit and the D8 would carve down and push toward the 400's loading trucks. Slowly and surely, we made it down to the floor. As you can see, there's a cable railing all the way around the tops of the walls, the general contractor is very safety oriented. Angle iron bolted to the walls with some hardcore wire rope. Very safe site, everything is run very well by the GC. This photo you can see the huge bucket we run on that 400. I was running that hoe today stockpiling sand, we only had 2 hoes loading till today, no sand. Got a call on the CB that one truck needed a load of sand. The dash 7 I was in has a fairly long stick compared to the dash 6 I was used to loading trucks with. Truck made me reach at least 10-12 feet, just couldn't get close enough to me with the pup. Had that 400 on her toes a little bit stetching out with 4 yards of sand.