Mother's Day Agate Hunting Jaunt
Part One: Packing
|All of that stuff has to go in the little holes|
- Large Frying Pan
- Cheap Grocery Store folding camp chair.
- Large Aluminum Pot
- Anything larger than a 20L dry bag (filled)
- Heavy stuff (water) goes as close to the center as possible. Behind your chair is a good place.
- Don't try and put that heavy stuff up in the bow. If your bow goes down, you can't steer. (says Bill)
- Lightweight long pointy things go in the bow. Things like collapsable saws and tent poles. But before you shove them up there, tie a piece of string to them and let it trail back to the hatch. That way you can grab the string and pull things out later.
- You can jam a lot of things in if they are in smaller bags. Pretend you are playing 3-D tetris.
- You will always find one more thing that you forgot to pack. Deal with it.
Part 2: Getting There
|Wheaton Ferry. Note the overhead power. There is an underwater cable it pulls on also.|
Part 3: Hunting The Wild Agate.
|OK, far enough, we can hunt here.|
|OK with me|
|Must be an Agate out there someplace|
|Gotta look to find|
|Sometimes you just sit.|
When she does this behavior, you are probably getting ready to step on her eggs, so be looking at your feet. The eggs are very tiny (smaller than golf balls) and they are a dark brown with lighter brown spots. The nests we saw all had 3 eggs in them (the first nest someone, perhaps me, had already tread on. Made me sad). The nests don't have any sticks or other structure but some of the rocks seem to have been pushed out of the way to make a little round depression area. We had these killdeer yelling at us on pretty much every rock bar that we hunted. I was concerned that there would be many preditors after the eggs, but that is evidently not so. I thought that racoons, for instance, would abound, but we didn't have any trouble with the little buggers during our camping, so maybe they were leaving the killdeer nests alone also.
|why are they paddling away?|
|Our Haul from the first day.|
Part 4: Wildlife and Camping.
|Immature Bald Eagle|