While I have found amazonite at Lake George and I found some this trip out, I haven't found anything anywhere near the quality that folks post for sale. I had found some float amazonite the previous time out and decided to return to that area to find the host pegmatite. The roads were pretty rough and there were piles of hail from a previous days storm. The ruts in the road are getting deeper and I noted someone before me had bottomed out their vehicle a few times. I put the vehicle in 4-wheel low and proceeded with caution. While the Forest Service has the road marked, they don't maintain it. We have worked to repair this road more times this year than all previous years combined and it looks like we'll need to spend some more time on the road again soon. Even though I had planned to hike towards the amazonite I'd found on a previous trip I always prospect wherever I go. This day while hiking in I found a large piece of float quartz and decided it merited inspection. I looked up the hill and there were no digs above me, so I decided it was time to search. Digging in the ground about 2 feet above the initial find I found another piece of well-formed quartz, then another and another.
|Large Smoky fragment with more up the hill|
|Pocket starting to show itself at the base of a dead tree|
|Nice smoky, albeit small with microcline|
|Wild flowers are everywhere this year due to rains|