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4th May 2007

Don’t Mess With Texas

We stayed at the Super 8 in Van Horn so that I could watch America’s Next Top Model, but it turns out that Van Horn doesn’t get “the new CW”.. so no ANTM for me. Wah…(but Justin did get to see LOST, so it wasn’t a total bust) However, it was so nice to actually get some sleep. Feeling well rested, and full of spunk, we set out for a day of filming for the “Mineral Collecting in Central Texas” Video.

Our first stop was a calcite location in a road cut, off the 10. This place was awesome, there were calcite rhombs just falling out of the matrix. If it wasn’t for all the bees living in the holes created from oh so many rockhounds before us, we could have collected a truck load. lol

calcite off the highway
calcite off the highway

balmorhea

Afterward it was off to the quaint little village of Balmorhea. This small Texas town sports a recreational lake and a population of 500. That of course is not counting the cows… So many cows.

balmorhea
Some were happily eating grass beside one of the many agate locations in the area…

balmorhea
…and some were not.

Of course this wasn’t all the creatures to be seen while out and about.
balmorhea
balmorhea

Before heading out we stopped to admire the lovely canal that runs through town.
balmorhea

About 26 miles north of Balmorhea, is the even smaller “town” of Toyah. I use the word “town” in the loosest sense of the word. What it doesn’t have in amenities, it makes up for in excellent petrified wood and multi-colored translucent agates. Justin and I have been to our share of agate locations, and this was by far one of the best, not only for quanity, but also for quality and accessability.

toyah

Of course, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” (and Brandy very surely), so on our way out of Toyah, we decided to stop and investigate some of the old abandoned structures.

toyah
According to our 1974 guide book, we were supposed to cross over this bridge to get to the collecting spot. Lucky for us, the good people of the Texas Department of Tranpostation decided to build a better way.

toyah
Good thing I went in Balmorhea!

toyah
Just to prove how many agates are really to be found in Toyah here are two that Justin found. Not the greatest, but hey, they did come from the parking lot of the abandoned, burned out Texico.
toyah

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1st July 2007

Sixteen Tons, what-a ya get?

Colorado is really beautiful, but also very crowded in the summer. Not only that, so many locations are either under claim or on private property, and thus inacessable to rockhounds.
Jamestown, CO

One reason why everything is posted is because of all the hippies out here.
Colorado Hippy Bus

Justin had researched a whole bunch of potential fliming locations, but only a fraction were actually open to collecting. The first spot that we filmed was the old Jamestown Mine.
Jamestown, CO
Jamestown, CO

We parked in the pullout,
Jamestown, CO

and then followed the trail up to the mine.
Jamestown, CO
Jamestown, CO

We collected massive purple Fluorite
Jamestown, CO

and Quartz
Jamestown, CO

Shortly after leaving Jamestown, we saw a sparkly vein on Mica beside the road.
Jamestown, CO
Jamestown, CO
Jamestown, CO

After that we collected Schorl at another roadcut.
Colorado Schorl
Colorado Schorl

However the best location of the day was Sphalerite location outside of Boulder.
Colorado Sphalerite

Colorado has some of the best Sphalerite found in North America, so we were very excited to find some kinda gemmy, greenish-yellow ones.
Colorado Sphalerite
Colorado Sphalerite

However it wasn’t all fun and games. We drove to countless other locations that were closed.
Leydan Carnotite

Most these didn’t get filmed or photographed, but the Carnotite location outside of Leydan, made Justin so sad that he decided to film it for his “Dead Mineral Localities” series.
Leydan Carnotite

Colorado Wildflower

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9th August 2007

Here, the grandeur of the lake; Here, the truth as from the hillside

Before leaving, Tom told us about a stauralite and garnet location in Lisbon, New Hampshire, beside Pearl Lake. Justin had directions from an old publication, but the area had changed quite a lot over the years, so the roads weren’t exactly what we expected. After a little bit of back-tracking we finaly found the location, across the road from a pull off.
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire

We were shocked to see huge plates of stauralite and garnets in mica jutting out of the dirt, and loose smaller pieces scattered everwhere.
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire

Justin wasted no time, and immediately set to removing a nice large plate.
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire
Pearl Lake, New Hampshire

After loading the car up, we drove just a little further into nowhere to collect pyrite crystals in shale from a road cut.
Pyrite, New Hampshire

We collected specimens from the ground and the wall.
Pyrite, New Hampshire
Pyrite, New Hampshire
Pyrite, New Hampshire

Then we crossed the street to collect in the shale beside the stream that paralels the road.
Pyrite, New Hampshire
Pyrite, New Hampshire

Justin made sure to wrap his best one up so that it would be secure.
Pyrite, New Hampshire

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