I’ve been driving the 5 hours from Dallas to the quartz mines in the middle of Arkansas off and on for 10+ years, as well as rockhounding around the world (as previously posted). I heard this relatively new mine, the Twin Creek, offered one the ability to pay to dig an intact pocket. Cool.
I dished out the minimum ($300) and Bob showed me my pocket – which to me looked like a solid hard sandstone wall with a little tell-tale orange clay here and there. He explained that he’d loosened the layers of stone with his long-neck excavator, and showed me how to pry off the layers with the crowbar to expose the crystals that had grown in the cracks. So I was to dig not so much a pocket (or vug, as I had done at Spruce Mountain in Washington State), but large cracks.
Took me a couple hours to pry off a number of slabs. I got several small points from the clay in the cracks, and a half dozen interesting clusters.
Mostly though I enjoyed the morning taking pictures and digging these clear pointed miracles from the earth! Like the true rockhound I am!
I like driving to mines, back in the woods, on iffy roads – yet soothing.
Be sure and check out my Spruce Mountain blog post.