2009. Well its been a while since I've been back to the
and my emerald collection is meager at best. So Joe and I
advantage of the three day Memorial day weekend and headed straight for
the mountains of North Carolina.
It was a weekend filled
We were fortunate not to get the hard rain until later in the
evenings after we had worn ourselves ragged.
We had a few visitors
arrive during the
weekend. The gentleman in the center on the pile found a nice
the very first rock he picked up!!!
This is a close up of
the tailings material
that our eyes were glued to the entire weekend. The work can
become monotonous and discouraging when you havn't found
for an hour or more. But all it takes is one piece of green
the infinite source of energy that makes us rock hounds go wells up
inside. This process repeated with me again and again the
Here's a view of one of
the tailing piles where an abondoned truck is all that is left to
remind us of this once active mine.
This truck is a
monument and sentimental landmark at the Crabtree for all who are
familiar with this place.
Saturday night we set up the
listened to the rain come down. The arduous work of the first
caught up with us all at once. The soothing white noise of
the rain coupled with
our exhausted bodies sent us barreling toward dream land.
was the find of the weekend. Joe found this on Monday about
hour before we packed up to leave. This is the kind of stuff
we're looking for at the Crabtree.
Here is most all of the green
or beryl I found this weekend.
was my mystery piece. These inclusions look like they are six
sided yet deformed or melted. When viewed through a loop
a light green rind around the edges of many of these inclusions.
left that weekend tired yet satiated. The rain
always be in front of us and toward the east as we drove back home.
This was one of about 6 or more rainbows we counted on the