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Can you guys give some digging etiquette. Do and don'ts. How deep do I need to go? What tools are a must have? Thanks
Nate, Some of the value of an organized get together is learning and /or comparing tools, techniques & ideas ( and camp cooking recipes ! ) Getting started takes minutes, just watch the others ( and hope they know what THEY are doing )
Tomorrow morning I'll do a couple of pics of basic tool suggestions
For first time visitors to Digfest, here is a light guide to tools.
Asside from gardening clothes and plenty of water, here is the minimum needed to dish the dirt. Big screw driver can be used as is or can be bent to a hook ( hook preferred.)
Common yard rake almost a must. All the dirt that is removed from the trench has a big probability of having artifacts.
Upgrading. . . . . >
Top quality steel hand rake is a home Depot $17. item, the long handle cut off
One step farther;....add a tarp or blanket for possible sun shade or sitting on. small saw & clippers for roots'
Special note...The $3. thrift store frying pan takes the place of the big heavy unwieldy shovel. Highly recommended. Photographers oversight...the long handled garden rake should be included in all pics.
I just got back from Starr ranch digging, here's my back pack dumped out . . . .>
( Just ignore that long black thing for this digfest visit.. )
"Surface hunting" is a less strenuous activity. Most professional surfacers use some sort of "walking stick "...A thrift store golf club with the club face sawed off is a good one.. ( Ranch owner Richard has the tools to clip the head off if you dont have a saw... )
Old time professional diggers will just have to bumble through without my tools help
Here is the usual camp area. Grass not as high as some past events, R said he will run the mower over the central area.
Fire ring awaits some wood ( plenty of dead wood on the property, just gather it )
Camping is not limited to this area, there's another 409 acreas your welcome to camp.
here's the latest at camp 13..still going towards the Bee tree
and going back the other way towards the Cee tree.
The 10 day WX forecast is out that covers digfest weekend....
Rain "chance ,,,Fri 0% > Sat 10% > Sun 20% ( might as well be all zero ! )
All days cloudy and low 80s.. Nothing is for sure but at least this indicates that they dont foresee any large systems.
From WEATHER.COM ...Moody TX,10 day.
lol remember two years ago, the couple in the tent next to ours, woke up the next morning after that good storm, she felt sick to her stomach when she woke up. only to realize the air mattress they were sleeping on was floating around on the water in their tent!
Thanks for the pics of the tools. Can't wait to get started.
So what about the rain chances now? I'm coming out tomorrow unless its cancelled. We still on? This will be my first real arrowhead dig, aside from light surface hunting at my grandmothers. Really stoked.
We have a sophisticated weather machine here in Houston and the weeekend forcast is this. Friday looks good all day with clouds. Saturday morning looks good with cloud cover and a 50% chance of a thunderstorm around noon and then at three o'clock. The storms are scattered so we may see rain or not. Sunday there is an increased chance with a 70% probability. All one has to do is bring the tarp and set it up over your dig! All-day rain is not forecast. See yall there. And if this forecast dont come true dont shoot the weatherman.
REF rain and status:
Bottom line,,,,,I will be there at dawn Saturday and stay as long as my body can stand it !
First the status on this Thursday, 2 days before digfest weekend.
The original camp area is nicely cut for those that want it.
Main roads have been freshly graded.
And some extra dirt added as on this hill on the way to camp 13.
The road site at Big hole is a choice piece of real estate....strictly in the nature of a proper report, I set up shop and in short order had a small mano.
Then a nice small blade.
This "instu" shot shows the road on top.
This was neat, Ensor stuck in a clump...poor choice of backround
Thats enough of my sacrificing myself for the sake of reporting..Here comes Richard to clean up the area for the weekend.
My "road" finds from less than 2 hrs
Checkin garage on left...straight ahead to the fuel tanks.. . . L (<) to original camp area...>R to camp 13 at far North of ranch
This is the gate at the top of the hill from camp 13...it will be full open Sat & Sun. it's 900 feet to the dig area. So for reasons of mud or "roughness" the dirt roads can be completely bypassed.
Whoever did the rain . . . . . . It worked. The long range forecast for central Tx shows somer ai % for EVERY SINGLE DAY !
Tough nut ...R & I weighed the possibilities and it amounts to a "modified" digfest. AS you see from the above status report, all is in order just waiting for diggers.. ......Future rain date not a good option.. . . . So we just say, "come and give it a try...see how much can be accomplished before any heavy rains..."
We dont like mud digs but for enthusiastic diggers we know it can be done...THE famous drowned out digfest was hours of steady down pour vs "scattered showers or isolated storms " as they are labeling the current system.
One very important modification...NO sacred dig trench for Sunday only....all the cleared work you see above is immediatly open to dig on arrival.
For those interested..."Forewarned is forearmed" Be smart....PLAN on Some rain,
bring a tarp just to cover the dirt in your dig area, ,,,some kind of rain coat ( walmart in sporting goods,maybe $3.)
Sorry but every one in Texas has been ing & for rain !
Can I come out tomorrow?
yea we are loading the camper as I type. well they are loading lol/ we will be on our way down in the morning , should see who ever is around tomorrow evening. But this year I am camping right close to where im digging. no more back and forth for a sandwich lol!
Are yall going to park on the top of the hill and use that area for camping or the old camping area??
IF there is mudd.. We might all be better off Cmaping and parking at the Gate Entrance on the back of the property (I HAVE POSTED THIS PICTURE ON THE FRONT PAGE)
I do not want to get stick - your YOUR big Toys stuck either!
Whats the plan?