11, 2009 Joe and I went to check on a spot
Dave clued me in on last weekend. We were finding lots of
crystal faces here but nothing whole and nothing great. This
was our sand box for the next 3 hours.
had been a lot of rain here so the wash outs were plenty. We
could see many veins of smokey quartz running across and along the
road. Much of the quartz in these veins was broken
up and cloudy. Every once in a while there would be a face or
two that would show up.
we stepped off to the side to check out the gravel in the
creek. Here's Joe (below) investigating the gravel
Next, we decided to
head over to the tourmaline and quartz spot that I visited last weekend
with Dave. Joe had not yet been to this spot and was
interested in checking it out.
The whole side of this
rock had faces. You can see the small mica books still
attached. This was laying in the middle of the creek.
This is the spot I dug
at for the bulk of time we spent here. This was what I could
only describe as saprolitic saprolite. The earth
here fell away so easily that the digging
The darker area in the
center was a vein of what looked like baked quartz. This was
an iron rich vein as I could see some iridescence on
the blackened and baked quartz within. Just above
this vein there was an area of grey clay that produced crystal faces
and many specimens of tourmaline included quartz.
The specimen above is
one of the clearest
tourmaline included quartz I found. Shame it was only part of
crystal. The crystal below was in the creek. It had
there very long and was so frosted and scratched up that I had to put
mineral oil on it to show that it wasn't opaque. Too bad it
was busted all up.