Excavation

The story:

The Fall Fellowship was, by universal acclaim, pretty boring this year. As a result, the goons of Mahican Chapter took it upon themselves to find something more useful to do than sleep (okay, so it was actually Daha and the Vader Box). Working on the project were Dave "Hard Hat, Hard Head" Milon, John "Split Rail" Howey, Keith "K2" King, Dickson "D3" Mann III, Lou "Part Time" Pezet, and Steve "Vader Box" Donohue. What follows are several photos of the project, including the final shot. Additional work is slated for Winter Camp XXI, so bring your shovels and your mining handbooks!

In the beginningDave "Down Under"

On the left is a very early picture of the project; later, as seen on the right, Dave Milon really started to "get into" his work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dickson digs itK2 strikes it rich

Left, D3's good side; right, K2 finds another interesting rock. It was widely believed that some of the rocks found in the excavation contained pyrite. There were definitely some shiny bits of quartz

 

 

 

 

 

tea for two?What a team!

Left, K2 and D3 make short work of the rock as Keith braces Dickson so he can "pogo" the shovel deeper into the cave. Believe it or not, the photo on the right is not a "finished" size; the cave is already bigger and wider than it appears.

 

 

 

 

Three different tries to get some idea of the size of the cave -- the battery in the camera
was dying or maybe we'd have gotten one looking from the inside out

Duh, it's a holeDuh, it's a hole with a light in itDuh, now it's a hole with two lights in it.

 

 

 

At the threshold In the thick(et) of things

Left, John poses at the entrance to the new Lime Lake Annex of the Memorial Site;Right, John stands in the new area, which increased the overall size of the Memorial by about 50%, not including the new basement.

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