Rockhounding trips

Filed under: field trip reports — Gary June 1, 2010 @ 8:58 am
Kentucky Agate Hunting

Kentucky Agate Hunting

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Kentucky Agate Hunting – April 2010

In April during spring break, friends Gerald and Jill Phillips and I drove down to Irvine, Kentucky to go agate hunting. We teamed up with Scott and Melinda Hardy to learn the tricks of the hunt. I must admit it is totally different than looking for Lake Superior agates.

First of all, you need a pair of fishing waders. Although they call them creeks, in my opinion they are rivers. Not only was the current swift, but we had to portage around deep holes on several occasions. As I also explain in the Mineral of the Month update this month, you search by using sound. When you find round rocks in the river, you hit them with a rock hammer or other metal object. The silica rocks have a certain “ping” sound, as compared to other river rocks.

Grand Canyon

In February, I made the annual trek out to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. For the first time, one of my friends, Kim Amthor, requested to come along. Since she had never been to the Grand Canyon, we of course had to visit.

Last year was the first time in many years that I had been to the main area on the South Rim, since I have gone to Supai the last four canyon visits. However, last year I didn’t take the time to hike down into the canyon.

After arriving on Saturday, February 3rd, Kim and I had planned to stay two nights on the rim and day hike part way into the canyon. Due to the Superbowl, many people canceled their Phantom Ranch visits, so we decided to take an extra day and hike to the bottom.


Plus other trips below are on her site…

June 2007 (Rockhounding  Minnesota)

July 2007 (Rockhounding Moose Lake)

April 2008 (Rockhounding Mackinac Island, Michigan)

May 2008 (Rockhounding Minnesota)

Summer 2008 (Rockhounding Wisconsin)

September 2008 (Save Rockhounding!)

January 2009 (Rockhounding Michigan Karst Cave)

February 2009 (Rockhounding Tucson, Arizona)

Summer 2009 (Rockhounding Moose Lake, Minnesota)

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