Now that the warm season is starting, we’re going out as often as we get an opportunity. Awhile ago we took a trip down to Mellor Canyon in Sanpete County. I had heard that there was quartz there, and I wanted to check out Yuba Lake on the way, so we hopped in the car…

Now that the warm season is starting, we’re going out as often as we get an opportunity. Awhile ago we took a trip down to Mellor Canyon in Sanpete County. I had heard that there was quartz there, and I wanted to check out Yuba Lake on the way, so we hopped in the car…

We live 20 minutes from Pelican Point, on the west side of Utah Lake, so it is an easy location for a quick trip. We’ve gotten to know the area fairly well, and it is an interesting geological location. There are extensive clay and calcite deposits, and an active mining presence (Dyno Nobel, the explosives…

By now you’re probably wondering when this narrative will end. Well, it’s almost over. After Bell Hill we went to Garnet Basin. John Holfert gives a great description in his book on Topaz Mountain. We turned back onto the main road from Bell Hill and turned north onto the dirt road heading through the Dell.…

After Agate Hill we were excited to keep going–we had a feeling that this would be a good day. The Thomas Range is great when you have as much time as you want, because there are so many places to go. Mine dumps dot the hillsides, and there are many gem claims all over. We…

What a way to kick off a new season. We spent yesterday in the Thomas Range and added some great new locations to our collection. First, a note about the Thomas Range. It is only 20 miles long, but contains an amazing variety of mineral occurrences. As the mountains formed, mineral-rich gases were trapped in…

The weather has been a little “iffy” for the last month, but 2008 rockhounding season is well underway! We have been on a few trips this month, the roads are passable, and life is good! The guide will be undergoing some beautification projects. Instead of that ugly bubble that pops up over a site, I…