Wednesday, August 6, 2008
A dreary day here today, rainy and overcast but still near 70 F and very very muggy. Inside the mine was the most comfortable place I could find.
The last few days can be summed up in one word: development. Dave and Joe are making the final blitz on the secondary tunnel, Byron has been assiduously attacking the Blue Bell Pocket at the face to gain access to some large plates. Today's picture gives you some idea of how crammed together the pieces are, for scale -- the large cluster on the upper right is about 18 inches across and continues to the right of the picture another 10 inches or so, all pieces in the picture are over your head and about 10 feet up a crawlway that Byron has been expanding. Access is difficult to say the least but there are some wonderful pieces in there.
Kerith and at times myself, Joe or Claire have been cleaning and sorting the many bags of small gem twins and crystals we have been washing out the of face. No fabulous specimens the last few days but quite a bit of fine wholesale material, but once we get to the "mother lode" at the back of the Blue Bell Pocket we should get a few 'keepers'.
Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron