The mines had certainly changed since my last visit. The entire surface had disappeared - whether blown apart or simply eroded away I could not tell. At least the souvenir store was still open for business!
Some of the mining apparatus remained, but big pieces appeared to be missing.
Far below the surface, however, much was the same - including the mysterious embryonic sacs and the inscrutable runes.
These little guys - cavorite powered, it seemed - were new, however. Friendly little beasts, aren't they? Don't bite, boys!
If indeed the mines are slated to disappear shortly, that would be yet another Caledon landmark gone from the landscape, and relegated to our memories.
Addendum: after writing this and scheduling it for publication, I saw via the Steamlander forums that Herr Baron Wulfenbach has graciously agreed to assume stewardship over the mines, with the idea that Caledonians would collectively contribute to the upkeep of the site. Arrangements to facilitate payments for this purpose are said to be forthcoming.