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Mining Delights - Day 7

Natural Supermarket for rocks and rusty collectables

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Morning starts to the sounds of birds and, having had a comparably warm night compared to earlier nights, we rose to another fine day with the possibility of rain later in the day. This meant for plan changes as the road in would change to a quagmire and we would have problems getting back to the other side of the lagoon. We also had time to take in our glamping style of toilet as we were provided with an outhouse of elegant proportions. The oldstyle, but new, thunderbox was enclosed in its own annex, decorated with pink ribbon so we could find our way across the gibble plain. 32514990-9ba4-11e8-9faf-751f23e67551.jpg
We spent the morning checking out the Horseshoe Lights mine site, fossicking through the tailing mountains that have been left to the natural forces. As these heaps have not been restored, not a twig has grown on the sides and a very large collection of stark, barren hills stands as a reminder to the earlier days of mining without responsibility of our lands. Needless to say the geos in the group attacked the huge assortment of rocks, completely overwhelmed by the choice.
Following this supermarket of rocks, we then set out for some serious shopping at the tip! Aside from the huge amount of plastic rubbish that clogged the entrance way, we were invited into a magnificent smorgasbord of rusty bits and pieces, ladders from a swimming pool, a concoction of engine parts, old signs along with huge amounts of mining materials that the company had chucked away. Despite the size of choice, our lads were remarkably restrained and only a few bits were souvenired. Unfortunately we were yet to pass the other tip site where articles of machinery were piled up neatly for removal and 40 odd years later were still waiting for the truck! A bit more serious damage was done here where we all got into the helpful state of finding more rubbish for Mark to bring home! After much chipping and hammering we got a couple of wheels to leave their other parts and join us in the car. We now have more weight than we started!20180703_102547.jpg
In between shopping we walked up the hill to look down into the huge disused open pit mine with its circular road winding down to a very copper blue lake below. Although not as large as Kalgoorlie's open pit, it still makes a mark. We drove up to look at the processing plant where the colours of the surrounds indicate mercury and the wind blew sweet smells of sulphur. The surrounding heaps of land fill hadn't been properly treated or contained and you could see where the contaminated remains were seeping out into the countryside. I hope my beef doesn't come from there!20180703_122002.jpg30fd9ba0-998f-11e8-971d-f3b2c3f60993.jpg20180703_112823.jpg20180703_112245.jpg
Back to camp for lunch followed by an amble down stream to check out the river course. We came across a couple of small ponds and a cluster of magnificent river gums with their trunks laden with the debris of the last flood that passed their way. We also came across the tracks of what could be a dingo or wild dog family that had come down to water.20180704_094220.jpg20180703_152945.jpg20180703_152525.jpg
That night was spent under an ever increasing layer of rain bearing clouds. We woke to the sound of rain, snug in the knowledge that the camper had been out in the rain for nearly a week before we left n we should have no leaks! We were blessed.

Posted by Toot'speak 09:11 Archived in Australia Tagged lights horseshoe

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