Tuesday 5th July
Day 96 - Amethyst fossicking with Jimmy - The Rock Doctor.
It was a very warm night, had the Air Cond on all night. Slept well. This is a pattern.
Set the alarm for 5am, it was still dark. Got up and we were out the front of Jimmy's house at 5:50am and Jimmy was ready.
A casual drive of 116kms, we headed off along the highway into NT and turned right into Duncan Road at 6:30am (thanks Harry) and proceeded for 44.6kms
and then turned left into the Waterloo Station 'driveway' and went a further 10kms, past their quarantine yards and through numerous gates. By the way,
Jimmy rang the manager last night to get his permission for us to go there. We finally arrived at the area that he wants to investigate, because he wasn't
visited this area since this year's wet. We are walking around and following Jimmy like a lost dog, he is showing us what to look for in rock formations
and there is heaps of amethyst around BUT the majority has been bleached by the sun and is white. Jimmy says that is crap, Marg and I like it and are
placing bits in our buckets, so our buckets are full and Jimmy has about 3 pieces, he is so fussy. SO, back to the mighty Navara to empty our buckets
and then Jimmy wants move about 100 meters further down the dry creek bed. So we do.
By this stage it is getting quite warm, so we park under a tree and set up Marg's chair up, as she is playing with the rocks which we have just found,
while Jimmy and I have a scratch around the new location. Jimmy calls me over to a bit of rock jutting out of the creekbed and proceeded to give me
instructions on how to dig it out, without breaking it into a million pieces. As we are unearthing this rock, Jimmy is getting extraordinarily excited,
after at least 30 minutes of painstakingly digging around the rock, by me and with Jimmy supervisoring beautifully, we uncovered a
magnificent chunk of amethyst, so large and good quality that we allowed Jimmy to take what he wanted and we keep the rest, which included the big
chunks seen in the photos. After this find, we were so excited and happy with what we found, that we called it a day and headed back to Kununurra.
We left the area at 9:38am (thanks Harry) and retraced our tracks back to camp, BUT at 8.9kms from the Victoria hwy at the Matilda creek crossing,
we came across a 4WD with trailer on the crossing missing its rear left wheel. The nuts of the rear left wheel had all fallen off together
and consequently, his wheel had fallen over, he had found the nuts and was having big trouble raising his 4B high enough to get his whell on, so
with our help we spent 35 minutes and he was back on his way. We still cannot believe how all the wheelnuts can fall off at the same time, but
whatever happened, we got him going again. ,br>
At the WA/NT border quarantine, while I was breathanalysed and the car checked, Jimmy who knows all the staff including the police that were in
attendance, was having a quiet chat. As there were no other cars there, we actually stayed longer than we had too and chatted to the officials.
Back at Jimmy's place, we divved up the spoils of the day, Jimmy was very happy with what he got and so were we. We thanksed jimmy for a magic
day and headed back to camp, and spent the afternoon, looking at and washing our amethyst and other rocks that we found. Another very quiet
night and early to bed.
Tomorrow, not much.
Our Fossicking with 'The Rock Doctor' photos here.