David K. Joyce

Recent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Last Summer, I went to British Columbia (BC), to collect quartz crystals at Foley Peak with Lloyd Twaites and Dave van Dieren. Unfortunately, the weather in the area that we wanted to go to was too poor to fly by helicopter so we had to postpone the trip by a few days. To see more about that trip that eventually happened, go to the "Articles" section of this website. In the meantime, Lloyd offered to take me to some of his old collecting haunts, particularly, the old Waterloo Mine on Lightning Peak and the brewsterite locality at Yellow Lake, near Olalla. Away we went! Here are a few images of our little collecting adventure.


A Friendly Grouse.Recent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

A Friendly Grouse.
Well, I don't know how friendly this spruce grouse was but it certainly seemed curious! He/she checked us out for quite a while.

UndergroundRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

We thought we'd check the underground workings to see if there was any high grade in the ditch or anything good in the walls of the adit drift. No luck here either!

Lower AditRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Lower Adit
When Lloyd was last here, some 20+ years ago, he found his best pyrostilpnite and other sulphosalts in front of, and in, this adit. We dug around the muck but did not find very much this time. Seems like they were very efficient collectors years ago!

Rugged, Beautiful Country!Recent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Rugged, Beautiful Country!
The interior of British Columbia is very rugged with valleys and mountains and very few flat spots except at the very bottom of the valleys. During my time in BC, the air was constantly hazy because of the smoke from fierce forest fires burning just a few tens of kilometres away.

Big MuckpileRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Big Muckpile
We were looking for silver minerals such as pyrargyrite, pyrostilpnite and silver, in this muckpile. There is lots of sphalerite and galena and once in a while you can find a piece of mineralization that has silver or silver sulphosalts in fractures. I did manage to find a decent little specimen of leaf silver but only uninteresting patches of sulphosalts.

PorcupineRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

I was constantly expecting to see a bear due to the proliference of berries. No bears! We did come across this big old porcupine. Sorry that I didn't get a better picture. I didn't have the camera ready when he we encountered him.

Lloyd and Mary's Trusty Old Land CruiserRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Lloyd and Mary's Trusty Old Land Cruiser
Lloyd Twaites has an old Land Cruiser that he and his wife Mary have used for many years to travel around the continent. It is a 1987 Toyota Landcruiser and has 415,000 km on it. That vehicle still has its original engine and clutch! I guess it is as much a testament to Lloyd's driving as it is to the quality of the vehicle. Served us well on this trip and is still going strong!

Silver, Waterloo MineRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Silver, Waterloo Mine
Here is one of the two specimens of native silver that I found on the big dump at the Waterloo mine. Nothing too special bit it is a 13mm wide leaf of silver protruding from coarse carbonate associated with silver sulphosalts and a blue seconadary mineral in patches and tiny crystals, probably linarite.

Waterloo Mine OreRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Waterloo Mine Ore
The Waterloo Mine had a small milling facility (now long gone) to process the sphalerite/galena and silver mineral ore. Here is a sample of what seems to be typical ore; honey-coloured sphalerite, galena and occasional patches of silver minerals in carbonate veins.

StrawberriesRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

I think the wild strawberries were the best I've ever seen them!

Waterloo Mine, Upper AditRecent Activities -British Columbia Collecting, 2009

Waterloo Mine, Upper Adit
The Waterloo Mine has several adits. This is one of the higher adits and the one where the biggest muckpile came from. We didn't go in there.