I dug deep beneath my island in a tight spiral until I hit a vast, dark cavern network. I took several tentative steps into the cave, hoping a block of diamond might just appear before me. Of course, it didn't, and I hastily retreated back up my shaft before mobs could swarm me.
Back in my island camp, there were no mobs to be seen so I knocked down a wall and went outside to gaze at the stars.
|Leaving camp before dawn.|
|Being outside at night is an odd sensation.|
|My hastily-built shelter.|
|Can you tell I am eager to get going?|
|That's close enough to dawn.|
I headed for my boat and headed off, keeping an eye out for any mobs swimming out towards me, but I did not see a single spider or creeper all morning.
First things first, I needed to grab some wood and make a chest to dump all the dirt and stone from the night's mining in. I decided to keep a stock of stone on me so I could continue to build towers to camp on while my resources lasted, but plenty more went into the chest.
|Sorted. Now to just get back in my boat.|
|Damn it. (Looking north)|
I swam out to my boat and was on my way. The ocean looked to continue for some time yet.
|Almost crashed on those.|
There was a continent off to the north. At first I thought that it was a desert but as I came closer, I realised that the slopes were stone, not sand. I sailed closer to investigate.
|Can't say I have ever seen coal underwater before.|
I used my steel pick to quickly mine the iron and most of the coal (not the underwater stuff, though). The iron ore went several cubes deep. Quite a decent find. I jumped back in my boat and sailed back to the south to regain my eastern path.
|The sheer, eastern face of the stone hill.|
|Looks like I might finally have found somewhere to land.|
So that was a long boat ride. Perhaps twenty-four hours since I first crafted it. I left the boat at the beach and continued up to the mountain. Its base was pocketed with deep shafts and a honeycomb of caves.
|Not even off the beach and I'm already almost falling into a cavern.|
|And more tunnels.|
It took some time to work myself across to the second vein, but I now had a dozen cubes of iron ore. Not bad for a day's travel. I climbed back out of the caverns and circled around the southern side of the mountain.
|Entrance to the caves from the southern side.|
|Tree pigs! (There were two of them, I swear!) (Looking north)|
|East and south.|
|Sandy islands to the south.|
|Looking south again, a pillar standing alone.|
|I think I've walked as far as I can (Looking east).|
|On my first attempt to take this photo, I managed to drop my axe to the bottom of the ocean.|
|Heading east onto the new continent.|
|Home for the night.|
|Building the tower is still an unnerving experience.|
|Perhaps the bottom of a gully wasn't the greatest idea after all.|