Here's the plumes that came off this long vein below. Sorry all sold out.
Well, The Boss finally shows up (Linda my wife). She says, “ hi”, walks over to the excavator and gets in. “Hey! Wait a minute! I don’t even get a kiss or anything? Just a hi and get out of the way!” She gets down out of the machine walks over the rocks, gives me my kiss and then says in one sentence, “Hi honey, how you doing, been eating well? Good… Now get out of the way.” With a smile, she then says, “please”. Linda’s not quite there yet with mastering the excavator, but she is learning very quickly. She’s wanting to get more practice, so the next few hours I spend time working with her. The time is well spent since it not only gives us great one on one together, but she can easily be my digger in a short amount of time in the future.
The same day Linda shows up, Jake showed up and offered to operate the machine for a few hours. Immediately, Jake starts aggressively, ripping down the north wall with lots of banging and scraping. I’m down in the pit watching. Then I hear this yelling and whooping. Linda is sitting on top the edge of the pit, looking down watching. Jake in fast order ripping the crap out of the wall and cheering like a spectator at a bloody gladiator fight! “Yeah! Yeah!… That’s what I’m talkin about!” she yells. Jake looks up at her and starts laughing and says, “Linda, I never knew you where the aggressive type.” She says, “Ohh Baby!” I’m learning new “interesting” things about my wife, after our 28 years together. Kinda puts a new spin on things.
Anyway, soon the agate starts flowing into my buckets. Mining efficiently is a two man job, so when Jake offers to help, I jump at it. Together, in just those few hours, I get more agate out of the mine than I did the last two days. While ripping at the wall, we expose a 15’ vertical vein reaching up to the very surface. It is six inches at the widest and 2” at the narrowest point. All of it is gem material of the gold’s, green and white plumes in clear agate. Jake says, “With that, I’ll leave you to it, I need to hit the road. It’s all yours Linda”. Linda and I enthusiastically thank him for helping out as he leaves.