Monday, August 11, 2008
While the entire day was overcast and fairly blustery we actually had only the lightest of drizzle for a few minutes several times during the day. Temperatures stayed on the cool side, perhaps no higher than 64 F.
Byron and I left early, about 8:00 a.m., being up and down at the computer checking emails around 5:30 a.m. means that I am antsy by 8:00 to get out and do something, the same is true of Byron who is usually making coffee by 6:00 a.m.
Kerith brought Dave and Joe by about 10:30 a.m., Joe spent the morning cleaning specimens and Kerith packed several bins. Dave did some repair work and in the afternoon drilled and shot the face. With all the fluorite there and the large pocket on the east side of the face it will be an interesting day tomorrow to see what has developed. With luck we will have better access to the pocket, only time will tell.
Byron and I spent the morning at the face doing as much collecting as we can, I up in the 'hole' laying on my side trying to use the chisel to make cracks in some quite intractable rocks. Got lucky enough to get rid of some big ugly rocks but not much specimen production, Byron got a few nice small bits out working the east edge of the pocket where the clay is thin and the specimens are cemented in by some sort of dark sandy material. The afternoon found us at the West Cross Cut, while Dave was drilling. Today's picture shows Byron (from the back) using a 5' bar to pull out bits of mud and the odd bit of fluorite covered white quartz plates. The area is in serious need of some tender loving care using explosives. Still, we found a few interesting knobs and stalactites of quartz with small limey green fluorites attached.
Regards, Cal, Kerith & Byron