As I continued digging out the waterhole today, I found a box buried in the sand.
I was very suspicious about what it was doing there.
When we broke the lock and opened it, we found several vipers inside.
We were very lucky and nobody was hurt. All of the vipers missed as they struck at us.
I shut the lid tightly and sent it with a Bedoin to Carp's Cave. They were quite large vipers, so there should be enough meat for a large dish.
I continue to find stones from the cairns buried in the waterhole.
I have also found several dead animals that Nic and his crew threw in and covered over.
The sands and heat had desiccated them though and kept them from decomposing.
Some of the supplies have arrived, so I set a couple of Bedoin to rebuilding at least one cairn until we have enough stones to rebuild the others.
I sent others to get dried grasses from some of the other oasis to stock here until we can get more sent from the base in the mountains.
I will be glad to get the waterhole dug out so we will have plenty of water for the travelers.
We have harvested some of the dates and are sun-drying them to place in the supplies.
I need to get back to clearing the waterhole, so I will close this message for now.
Travel safely out there my friends.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master