The 1 Minute and 30 Second Collecting TripLast Updated: 26th Oct 2018
By Jeffrey Glover
Kevin said that since I am a Quartz collector, I'd have a good chance at finding a decent "souvenir" piece. Not just a chunk of whitish quartz but something with crystals on it. Sure I said. I always like to explore old workings like this. The weather was cold and rain was about to happen so we at least had some time.
We parked the car at the end of a dirt / gravel road and walked a short distance through the woods to the dumps and trenches present. That walk took about 1 minute. I could immediately see that the wooded hillside was full of rocks and debris. While Kevin was chatting with a fellow collector (who was digging a hole) I looked down at a large chunk of whitish quartz, partially covered with leaves. I turned it over and immediately noticed a 3 inch deep druzy quartz crystal vug. Good enough for me. I grabbed the 40+ pound chunk and headed back to the car as the rain started. 30 seconds to find this piece.
I figure that when I got home, I could trim the piece down with careful hammer and chisel work and later with a diamond saw to reduce it to a size that would be decent to add to one of my display shelves. Many specimens in my collection are what I call "story" pieces. This will be one of them.
So..... this will go on record as the fastest I have ever found something worth keeping on any field trip that I've been on over the past 50 years. After some trimming, what was left that will be cleaned and trimmed a bit more. Exposed was a small vug with some corroded looking Sphalerite crystals. One of witch is a crude crystal about 1 inch across. Not a micro! Fun! Jeff.
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