June 29, 2000
After much discussion about our next move, it was decided to keep in the same direction and push through the "flats". If the greens aren't there then we address the problem again and decide what to do. We seem to have drifted off a little to much to the east with our tunnel so we are intersecting the "flats" at an acute angle, no wonder it has been further than we expected.
The equipment is working up to par and we are able to muck, scale the face, drill a round and shoot in the same day, ready to repeat the process again the next day. The only draw back is the availability of explosives and we have been waiting since Monday for the delivery. The shipment finally arrived late in the day, unfortunately to late to shoot the face today. The face is drilled and ready to be shot first thing in the morning. Hopefully, we can shoot the face and muck out the debris and repeat the process Friday to make up for lost time. Since we are in the mineralized zone we are drilling fewer holes and loading them lighter. There shouldn't be a great deal of muck to remove.
During the afternoon we started to make a switch in the tracks where our new tunnel intersects with the main drift. The track that Mick and Lindsay had laid down is 3 inches higher that ours. Our track is actually level and theirs starts to raise at that point. I know their tract raises because we can't even push an empty ore car over the hump and taking out the car full of muck we have to hook up a winch to pull it over the same hump. Trying to relay their track would be a horrendous job so we will be innovated with the switch.
We quit early and in the evening went to see a collection of local minerals a local miner has been collecting since he started mining some 30 years ago. Amazing specimens most of which came from the Cambokeels Mine. Water clear fluorite coated with iridescent chalcopyrite, Calcite with the same coating and phyrrotite crystals, the only mine locally that this mineral is found. He had some for sale but not of the same quality.
His next door neighbor had a spar box that was worth seeing since most of the green fluorites came from our mine during the 80s. There are several thousand green crystals in the box. A spar box is usually a model of a mining scene with the walls, floors and ceiling coated with a variety of minerals. It is very time consuming putting together and he said it took him 2 1/2 years to complete his. The miners usually work on them during the long winters.
Tomorrow will be a long day trying to blast twice. Hopefully, I will have some better news after the smoke clear.
Till then, Cheers, Jim, Byron and Jonina