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Phoenix AZ rockhound lapidary secret spot- sent in by DAWK

Filed under: rockhounding maps — Gary September 17, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

AS AN AVID 12 YEAR- OLD ROCKHOUND, IN PHOENIX AZ. I OFTEN WENT AGATE HUNTING WITH AN ELDERLY,BUT VERY ‘FIT’ SENIOR(ANN AND GALEN ) COUPLE,WHO COULD HIKE AS FAR AS I CARED TO VENTURE. THIS WAS NEAR LAKE PLEASANT,30 MILES NORTH FROM PHOENIX,AND THERE’S EXTENSIVE AGATE-JASPER-DESERT ROSE DEPOSITS TO COLLECT,BUT THAT WAS IN THE 60S.
NOW,THERE IS A HUGE MARINA-PARK SURRONDING THE LAKE AND IT COSTS FIVE BUCKS TO JUST ENTER THE LAKE SHORE AREA.
IN THOSE DAYS,WE THREE OFTEN WENT BY SMALL BOAT TO OUR SHORE-SIDE COLLECTING AREA,WHICH I HAD FORMERLY DISCOVERED VIA SEVERAL MILES OF HIKING.THIS FAVORITE “SUPER” DEPOSIT WAS OVERLOOKING THE LAKE,BUT WE USUALLY FOUND SO MUCH (THE SMALL BOAT ALMOST SUNK ON ONE WINDY DAY)MATERIAL,THAT I DECIDED TO DO A ‘CACHE’ OR BURIED TREASURE ,FOR RETURN TRIPS.ODDLY,WE NEVER GOT BACK-AGAIN TO THAT LOCATION.
AS OF THE PRESENT, I HAVE NEVER GONE BACK(BY BOAT) TO SEE IF I COULD FIND THIS ‘CACHE’ OF GEODES AND AGATE NODULES,AND AM NOT SURE THE PARK RANGERS WOULD ALLOW THE DIGGING OF AGATES ON THE PARK LANDS.
AS OF THIS TIME,I KNOW THE LAKE LEVLE HAS BEEN ‘RAISED’ BY BUILDING A HIGHER DAM,SO THESE AGATES WOULD MOST LIKLEY BE RIGHT AT THE LAKE’S EDGE,BY NOW,AND PRESUMABLY STILL BURIED WHERE I LEFT THEM.
ANY ONE WHO WANTS TO GIVE THIS A ‘GO’ ,ARE WELCOME, IF THEY ARE HERE FOR THE WINTER,TO TRY AND RECOVER THE ‘CACHE’ OF MOSTLY GEODES AND SOME AGATES,BUT I CANNOT GIVE THE PRECISE
BEARINGS,AS THE ENTIRE LAKE LOOKS A LOT DIFFERENT. REGARDLESS,THE TREASURE PROBABLY STILL REMAINS,AND I ALSO KNOW WHERE( AT THE SAME LOCATION) TO DIG FOR EXCELLENT BANDED AGATE NODULES WITH PINK CENTERS.
LET ME KNOW IF ANY FOLKS WANT A TREASURE MAP OF LAKE PLEASANT AND I CAN ‘ROUGH’ ONE OUT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GIVE IT A TRY.YOU WILL NEED A BOAT THAT CAN CARRY ROCKHOUNDS AND ROCKS,SO ACT ACCORDINGLY.I MIGHT GO ALONG ON A GOOD BOAT AND HELP POINT OUT THE LANDING AREA-ETC.,BUT NO LONGER NEED TO COLLECT,AND JUST WANT TO SHARE THE ADVENTURE FOR THE KIDS,THAT BEING ANYONE YOUNGER THAN ME,HA! CHEERZ FROM DAWK- I have asked Dawk to send in a map and I will post it—
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2 Comments »

  1. I bet this was a fun trip, new or old. I hunted and collected allot of agates and opal nodules near Castle Hot springs. This would be about 8 miles north of Lake Pleasant if i recall right without looking at a map. The area is an awesome drive too. Most passenger cars can get down without a problem except during Monsoons. As a few miles after the Last Lake turnoff, the road is a large wash. Perfect for new collectors. Ive found Turquoise, fire agate, and really nice nodule agates in this wash with little effort. However you must hike up into the steep landscape in order to find source deposits.

    Comment by freeform — September 21, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

  2. YUP; GOOD OL LAKE PLEASANT,IT HAS SOME AWSOME COLLECTING LOCATIONS,INCLUDING CASTLE HOT SPRINGS.I HAD SOME WONDERFUL ADVENTURES THERE,AS A KID.
    MIGHT MENTION THAT ANYONE WANTING TO SEE A ‘TREASURE MAP’ VIA MY COMMENT COULD LOOK UP A SAT/ARIEL VIEW OF THE(EAST SIDE ONLY) LAKE PLEASANT,AND E MAIL IT TO ME,WHICH WOULD MOST LIKLEY ALLOW ME TO PHOTOSHOP CIRCLES/ARROWS/Xs WHERE THE DEPOSIT IS LOCATED.AND SEND IT BACK TO THIS SITE? TIME IS NOT ALLOWING ME TO DRAW A MAP,BUT THE SAT PIC MAY BE BETTER THAN I COULD DRAW,ANYWAYS.
    CHEERZ FROM DAWK
    GOOGLE ME AS DAWK TO SEE MY GRAPHICS GEM/MINERAL ART COLLAGE PROJECTS.

    Comment by DAWK — September 26, 2006 @ 3:06 am

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