Hail Hail Go Away Come Again Some Other Day--the mantra as of late.
|That's hail not snow on the way home|
Tried rock hounding a few times in the last couple weeks but thunderstorms keep chasing us off the mountains. We’ve been finding some minor pockets with amazonite, smoky quartz, microcline, goethite and even some fluorites but nothing extraordinary. We seem to just get settled and find a place to dig when storms start filling the skies. No amount of gems are worth getting struck by lightning or getting stuck in the mud. The area I am currently prospecting and digging is difficult due to the amount of digging done there in the past. Much of the claim has been worked by bulldozers and track hoes. While the areas remediated after excavation are quite easily determined the quartz and pegmatite pieces strewn about from prior excavations makes it difficult to determine possible float from yet to be unearthed pegmatites or strewn about pegmatite debris from prior mechanized disturbances. You might wonder why I don’t go elsewhere, but there are few places left unclaimed to go to. 90% of all pegmatite bearing land within the Lake George intrusive area is claimed. There are some small areas between claims that are open, but in the more productive areas claims overlap each other a few times over. So I go where I can and use my detective skills to help determine the viability of prospecting an area. Is the area open for prospecting or do I have permission to dig in the area? Has the area been previously worked and remediated—hopefully not. Are there pegmatites under the ground with viable crystals? Before I can search an area and prospect much leg work must be done. Having said this I now have permission to dig on over 1600 acres. Nearly half of this area has been machine dug. Conditions by the claim owner have been placed on my prospecting to even including what specimens I can keep. Still there are specimens to be found, hills to prospect, fresh air to inhale, minerals to dig and crystals to cherish and share. Having mentioned all the excuses I can think of for not finding much, my digging partner and I are having some small successes. Bob has spent a lot of time along a prominent pegmatite which runs uphill from the northwest to southeast. While much of the pegmatite near the top of the hill has been dug, he has expended his efforts midway up the hill. So far he found a large pocket of microcline plates and another pocket of smoky quartz.
|Nice palm size plates of microcline|
|2 Inch Smokys|
|A little Miracle Grow Does Wonders|
|Austin getting ready to tear it up!|