Friday, July 11, 2008

Greetings All,

No picture today as it was raining outside all day and I was in heavy water usage areas of the mine all day so no chance to get any photos. As mentioned miserable very cool rainy day with no wind so if you were outside then the midges made a meal of you.

Byron and I got to the mine about 9:00 a.m. and Kerith brought Dave in around 10:30. We all had to park our vehicles outside the second gate and walk in as the rains have now produced a large lake in the quarry. Thankfully we all had wellies available. Kerith spent the day downstairs packing a couple more bins and washing material up till about 5:00 this evening when she had to call it quits.

Byron and I spent a couple of very productive hours washing down the face prior to Dave's planned blast this afternoon. In the process we all got a pretty good 'mine tan' from the backsplash of mud while standing in nearly 14" of water that has accumulated at the face. This also makde footing quite treacherous and gooey. Once Dave arrived we got to start mucking the face. So much water was mixed with mud at the face that even with the help of a plastic tarp to break the adhesion of the mud to the tub Byron and I each needed a 6' lever to give us enough mechanical advantage to dump the tubs. We were exhausted when that was done and we had only done 4 tubs instead of the usual 12-15.

Our time at the face produced a couple more nice plates so about 1:00 p.m. Byron fired up the chain saw and we set to getting a large backlog of specimens trimmed. I can definitely say we surpassed what was mined earlier this Summer from the Jewel Box, perhaps not the top three or four pieces but certainly the next four or five might well belong to the now named Blue Bell Pocket. We still have about 5' of productive thickness in at least three different layers, much like the West Cross Cut with its multiple layers of specimens but with all the really fine pieces at the top of the layers. Perhaps tomorrow I can get a few pictures of today's take.

Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron

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