Wednesday, June 22, 2011
This was an excellent day .... if you were a duck. A lot of light to medium showers with brief intervals between. I never saw the sun but Andrew said it came out for about 5 minutes just before 2 in the afternoon.
Kerith and I left early this morning to go to Staples in Gateshead and purchase a cheap black ink jet printer and were back at the quarry by 9:30 a.m. I got Kerith organized and she started packing bins as I moved tubs full of fluorite in truck-wash out under the tarp to get scrubbed. I went up above and opened up the mine, moved bits of equipment out onto the landing and started sending down tubs of specimens. I did this several times. By the second time, Dave and Andrew shopped up about 11:30a.m. having made a stop at Heights to pick up explosives and dets.
Dave started drilling and Andrew did some "catching up" mucking and I started in on the West Cross Cut. By bait time Dave had the face drilled and Andrew had finished his mucking and I was having an exciting time dropping more of the roof in the West Cross Cut. This has yielded a surprising number of specimens... today's pictures shows a cute miniature grouping of fluorite on quartz crystals, one of perhaps 2 dozen found in the past two days. I have found none of the large crystals that the Rat Hole yielded but some very attractive clusters have come to light for the first time, many partially coated with drusy white quartz on parts of one or more faces. Crystal size rarely exceeds 1".
Dave says the entire face was altered and the west side was really broken up and "s..t" for drilling. Tomorrow will be muck out today.
That's all from the Dales today.
Cal & Kerith