Yeah, I said I was going to bake something nice for myself today, but I got up to a cold cave and a rainy day. I just wasn’t up to talking myself into more work. (Cooking, when you’re not very good at it, is definitely work. And since nothing here has any precision — no knobs on the stove, and for that matter, no stove — I’m not very good at it.)
(I wasn’t good at it when I had precision instruments either.)
So I headed back to the mine, where I found a lot of lava and some more diamonds. That made me a bit happier. I’m that much closer to warm clothes!
I’ve gotten a lot of material out of these walls and that means wearing through a lot of tools – axes, shovels, torches — that require wood. (It’s a good idea to use wood handles when you don’t have vibration-activated inertial-dampening fiberglass. Wood’s the next best thing for dampening the vibrations from the rock. Plus, not nearly as conductive as, say, iron, which gets kind of warm if you hit a hot rock, and gets kind of sparky if you hit the red rock.)
So I’m heading back to home base for more wood as soon as I haul this haul topside. And maybe some pancakes. My current harvest of wheat should be just about ready, so some flour, eggs, and milk later I might actually have something nice as a treat.
Or more dried fish, I mean that’s always an option.
No, I think I’m going for the pancakes.
Turns out there’s also a waterfall pouring out of the wall next to the lava lake.
That seems to happen a lot here, which is really weird. I would think that water would
- turn into a giant gas ball and explode
both of which should keep it far away from the lava lake.
But apparently I am wrong.
Either way, it’s bad idea to get caught up in a wave of water that leads to a lava lake, so I’m keeping my distance.
My mining today was punctuated with angry spiders and more of those rock rats. The rock rats appear to live in tiny fissures in the rock, but the pony-sized spiders certainly do not. I have no idea how they keep getting in, especially when I’ve had my main corridor blocked all day and, hey, this wasn’t even a cave until I dug it. Some days I could swear they just magically appear.
My best theory so far is that I’m not seeing their eggs but I’m somehow uncovering them. I’d think this far-fetched at best if I hadn’t personally witnessed a cow pop into existence from a calf 3 days after its birth. This place is weird, yo.
But seriously, I could do without pony spiders in my caverns.
Still mining away. Found some more emerald but not more diamond. Also almost fell into an underground lava lake. Those are inconvenient at best.
I’m almost done this particular area, I think, but it’s always hard to tell how often I’ve doubled up on myself or left something outstanding. I’ve started marking the paths I’m finished with a torch in the middle to signify it’s done. Because it’s easy to get lost down here.
When I look up, all I see are walls I’ve already mined, with twists and turns and juts and oddities. It’s both impressive and scary, as I hope I’ve buttressed everything appropriately that it doesn’t come crashing down on my head.