Rock Hound Run Report 11-8-07 to 11-11-07

Filed under: Great Finds-specimens,Rockhound stories,Video,field trip reports,regular postings — Gary November 23, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

Thanks Dick, baby is 3 weeks old and SHE :) is doing fine.  Having to get used to 4am feedings again but all worth it!  

Hi Gary hope your life is going well, new baby and all. Here is the trip report from my last trip and a link to the video I took as well as a link to my Partner Ron’s photos and a link to my updated web site with all my trips on it. We found some really nice stuff. Found a hole in the side of a hill with a vein of Blue Lace Agate plus lots laying around on the ground, lots of big Limonite cubes and a couple of Citrine Crystals, a couple pieces of Tourmaline. Some geodes some small pieces of fire Agate and lots of Jasper, red, and Agate. A real good trip!!!!!

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Dick Wilimek



Rock Hound Run Report

11-8-07 to 11-11-07



Another great rock hound/wheelin trip. We had Tom and Sue in there TJ, Jay in his Pinz, Micheal in his Toyota, Rainer and Marianne in there Ford, and Shawn in his TJ, with the run leaders Dick and Ron in a TJ.

I arrived at Coon Hollow at 5:30 on Wed. and Ron arrived about 7:30. Thursday morning Tom and Sue came in with there motor home towing the Jeep. We hung around camp till about 11:00 to see if anyone was coming in late morning, no one showed up so we headed out for a geode bed that I had been to once, we found it without any trouble, did some looking around there. Sue found some nice stuff and I found a couple of small ones. Then I had heard about a seam of Blue Lace Agate that was south and east of the Potato patch, so we went hunting for that, the trail petered out but we could see it off in the distance, so we found our way over to it. There was a lot of Blue Agate there on the ground in and around the hole and in the tailings pile, also some other stuff. It deserves a return trip; I marked it with the GPS so we can find it again. Then we found a old trail that headed north so we took that and eventually ended back on the Hauser Geode Rd. and back to camp. At camp we saw the Pinz coming down the Opal Hill mine Rd. and Jay was there in a few minutes. Since it was around 3:00 by then we decided to call it a day. Micheal came into camp before dark on Thursday, we talked on the 2 meter radio, when he had just turned on to the Bradshaw trail just north of Palo Verde, using simplex that is about 10 miles as the crow fly’s.

Friday morning sunrise was spectacular, reds oranges yellows and a blue sky with some clouds. S0 after some discussion we decided to head for the Opal hill mine and Pebble Terrace. You can find/pickup Agate, Jasper, Fire Agate, Petrified wood and Sea sponge plus some other pretty cool stuff. In fact Jay found a real nice piece of Fire Agate with orange color in the nice round bubble on it. While we were there we helped pull a guy out that was stuck in some soft sand, Jay’s Pinz had no problem with the ¾ ton Pickup. Then back to camp for some lunch. We decide due to a challenge from some other friends that were camped out there as well, to a Potato Gun shoot off. What fun that was, Toms was the most reliable, and mine went the farthest and well Bob’s is fun also!!!! During the shoot off Shawn came into camp and then a little later Rainer and Marianne arrived.

On Saturday we went to the Limonite Cube fields, we tried a different spot, that Shawn had found the previous day and it was great, lots of big ones and some Crystals, Shawn found two really nice Citrine Crystals and some large Tourmaline, green and pink and black and a clear, crystals. We stayed out there for around three hours, then back to camp. Saturday night we all went on a night run to an area a fellow camper directed us to, he called it Jasper Flats, looking for rocks at night with flashlights is kind of fun I must say. When we got back to camp Jay headed for home and we had another camp fire as we did every night there. On Sunday Ron packed up by 9:00 was on the road, Micheal took some directions from me and headed for the Geode Beds, he was meeting up with some other friends to take the Bradshaw trail back to Indio. I packed up by 9:40 and hit the road. Tom and Sue were getting ready also. Rainer and Marianne had planned to stay till Monday, lucky them!!!

Oh yes I almost forgot Jay, Tom and I did a night run on Thursday night we had a good time running down some washes. Thanks to Ron for all his great photos and I hope anyone else who took photos will post them to the run Album. I took a short movie and will get it posted in the next few days. Thanks to every one who made the trip, I think that it was one of the best ones we have done. They just seem to get better every time!!!!!




Paleontology and Geology of Missouri / Mississippian Fossils of Missouri

Filed under: NEW- fossils,regular postings — Gary November 22, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

I posted about Barry Sutton below but wanted to list all of his educational sites. Here they are…


This site is a Paleontological research project based in
St. Louis, Missouri, devoted to the study of the geological
formations in Missouri. Primary focus is the study of the
geological formations in the St. Louis area.

This link takes you to a discussion by Dr. Norman R. King, Professor of
Geology at the University of Southern Indiana, about the rocks exposed
at the I-170 highway cut. Dr. King describes the rock units and correlates
them with rock units elsewhere in the Midcontinent region. He interprets
their environments of deposition, and also places them in the context of
larger-scale geological processes taking place in the Midcontinent region
and around the globe during the Pennsylvanian Period.

Mississippian Fossils of Missouri
Primary focus on the St. Louis, Missouri area


Fossil Menu

Burlington Formation

Fern Glen Formation

Ridenhower Formation
often incorrectly referred to
as the Paint Creek Formation

Salem Formation

St. Louis Formation

Warsaw Formation

Other Fossils (USA and World Wide)


Have fun, Gary.

Carboniferous fossils of the Moscow region of Russia

Filed under: NEW- fossils,regular postings — Gary @ 11:37 pm

My first post on Russia :)   I bumped into Barry Sutton on the net and found him and his sites to be a wealth of knowledge and down right interesting.  Here is his website on Russia and its fossils-


This website is presented to showcase Carboniferous fossils of the
Moscow region of Russia; an area that is world famous for beautifully
preserved fossils. This website provides an opportunity to see fossils
of those deposits that are poorly known outside Russia or have not
been illustrated with high quality photos. Some of the Late Carboniferous
(Pennsylvanian) fossils occur in both the Moscow region and in the
American midcontinent

The fossils shown here are grouped by geologic stage, illustrated on
the chart below. This shows the international stages of the Carboniferous
and the regional stages for Russia, west Europe and North America.


Gigantoproductus crassus Sarytcheva – brachiopod – Mississippian – Visean Stage

russian_brachiopod Gigantoproductus giganteus (Sowerby, 1822) – brachiopod – Mississippian – Visean Stage

Check out his site as its a very interesting read!


London Ontario Gem & Mineral Show this weekend

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary November 21, 2007 @ 10:07 am

Subject: London Gem & Mineral Show this weekend!

Saturday, 9-6, Sunday, 10-5, fun for the whole family.

Hope to see lots of you there! click here to get all info-LOTS OF STUFF GOING ON HERE!

The first 500 people through the door will
receive a free mineral sample!

Free DRAW for a Giant Amethyst Cathdral!

All you people in MI, just a short 2 hour drive…


Man nearly tosses 4.38-carat diamond- MURFREESBORO, Ark

Filed under: Great Finds-specimens,regular postings — Gary November 5, 2007 @ 10:05 pm


MURFREESBORO, Ark. – Chad Johnson has found about 80 diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park, but on Monday he nearly threw away his largest find yet. A cube-shaped rock plucked out of his sifters turned out to be a 4.38-carat, tea-colored diamond.

Johnson, 36, made the dig Saturday at the park and left his equipment in a locker. When he came back Monday morning, he made the discovery.

Crater of Diamonds State Park, which opened in 1972, is the world’s only diamond-producing site open to the public, and visitors can keep the gems they unearth. The largest diamond found at the park was the 16.37-carat Amarillo Starlight, a white diamond found in 1975.

Johnson’s find is the second-largest diamond uncovered at the park this year. In June, a Louisiana man found a 4.8-carat stone. More than 700 diamonds have been found there this year.

Since moving to Arkansas from Iowa in February, Johnson said, he was living off money made by selling diamonds. He only recently took a job at a convenience store, partly because he “got tired of selling diamonds to make ends meet.”

Park officials declined to speculate how much money Johnson could get for the diamond. Johnson suggested he expects much more than what he is used to getting.

“If someone offers me that much money, it’s theirs,” Johnson said.

Mississippi- 3 year old finds tooth of a mammoth

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 10:02 pm

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Gary Kidd had a pretty good idea that what his 3-year-old grandson had found was no rock, but the tooth of a woolly mammoth. That’s because he had found one himself nine years ago. Kaleb Kidd was chasing squirrels Monday at a family friend’s property near La Crosse when he spotted what looked like an unusual rock.

“Grandpa, what’s that?” Kaleb asked.

He told his grandson it looked like the tooth of the extinct woolly mammoth.

Next stop was the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which confirmed that it was, indeed, the tooth of a mammoth.

Connie Arzigian, the center’s lab director, said it could be 10,000 to 30,000 years old. It weighs 2 pounds and measures 6 inches long and 3 inches wide.

The latest find is in better shape than the one Gary Kidd brought up from the bottom of the Mississippi River while clamming in 1998. That tooth was water-soaked and had fallen apart, he was told when he took it to the center.

The center already has a woolly mammoth tooth in its collection, but it’s always fun to see someone discover another one, Arzigian said.

“It’s wonderful to get an idea of what was here in the past,” she said.

Gary Kidd, 46, said it would be up to Kaleb’s father, Travis, to decide what to do with the tooth. For now it is on display at Satori Arts Gallery, much to Kaleb’s dismay.

“When we dropped it down at the art gallery, he was crying. He didn’t want to let it go,” his granddad said. “At first he thought it was just a rock. Now he’s all excited.”

London Ontario Gem & Mineral Show – Nov. 24, 25

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary @ 9:56 pm

London Gem & Mineral Show – Nov. 24, 25

Mark your calendars, the first London Gem & Mineral Show is a few weeks

Nov 24, 9-6
Nov 25, 10-5

Western Fair Grounds, Special Events Bldg., 316 Rectory St., London, ON

Over 30 dealers, demonstrators, lectures, displays – rocks, minerals,
fossils, gems, and lapidary supplies., or 519-846-5836 for more info.

Hope to see you there!

Tim Jokela Jr.,