The holes for the bridge foundations have to be dug more then four feet deep and five feet square.
First we have to dig through a network of tenacious roots, then stony soil( that resists every thrust of the shovel) and then we hit hard clay . After a few more feet water begins seeping in and it starts to get pretty muddy down there
The next day we need a step ladder to get down into the hole in the morning to bale it out so we can continue to dig deeper.
After two days of digging in ridiculously hot humid weather we're ready to start laying stone.