California Dreaming? Not hardly! We have plenty of that gold stuff and other gems in our region to keep us busy for the rest of our lives. But it’s not the gold that brings the rush into the atmosphere, however, I must say it’s a very nice bonus, but it’s the hunt itself that gets the adrenaline rushing through the veins.
We didn’t travel far to go to a very remote area, in fact, we walked across the street and down into the woods to the hidden creek. It only proved to me, there are fabulous and wondrously, strange gems all around us. I did not strike gold this time, but I did learn I was in the right place to find a nice load for when I do go back to work the area.
When I arrived at the creek, I became overwhelmed at all the different formations of the area and how the erosion carved it’s way with the floods. I was so excited that I did not take a photo of the creek nor the salamander meandering around my feet minding its own business. The first thing that caught my eye was the abundance of smokey quartz and olivine. Olivine is a mineralized green rock that is found in igneous rocks and peridot is known to come from this source and that’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like it. It has tiny birght green quartz throughout and makes a very interesting rock indeed. We also found chalcedony microgranular quartz.
Sunday, while out walking in the rain scouting my area, I noticed two huge quartz rocks at the top of the hill and knew I had to go down to the creek to check it out. Yesterday, we made the journey and the weather was perfect for us we even got in the creek while searching the area. I grabbed quartz after quartz after quartz until my back pack was over flowing. Still, there was so much more to be had and a big creek to work.
It’s very difficult to see all the crystals and colorizations going on in and around these rocks. But the creek is in abundance for white quartz and crystals as well. But there was another interesting rock that actually made me stop and gasp for breath. I picked up the beautiful glistening specimen to try and determine it if was an artifact, a fossil, a rock or a mineral or just a lump of coal that was very shiny. To me it looked like a rock covered in gold and I could almost hear a massive angelic choir singing, “Hallelujah!” But I’ve already been down that road before when I first started prospecting and thought I struck gold when it was just pyrate. I knew by what I had already studied thus far that this was in the Hornblende family and Hornblende is dark colored metamorphic rock and this particular rock is covered in mica or chlorite but it is very beautiful especially when the sun shines down on it in the water.
We wanted to get a sample of the creek mud and we filled a five gallon bucket full and thankfully, my strong son made the ascend carrying that bucket full of mud and his backpack loaded with digging tools. We haven’t finished panning the mud, but the work is there to do. I’ll be speaking with a quartz dealer later today to estimate the value of the quartz and learn more about the “green rock” that has my interest peaking. I want to encourage you to go outside and take your cell phone. Its your small computer that can tell you anything you need to know. Just download some rock and mineral apps and you will be able to classify rocks and minerals in no time and you can learn to compare the physical properties of some of the matter such as strength, hardness, if it’s able to conduct heat and the story goes on and on. There is so much to learn about what’s under your feet and trust me, it’s a lot better than sitting around watching TV all day or busying yourself on social media. Get outside! There is more to see there. If you are like me and struggle with Depression, this is the best therapy you can do for yourself and it’s free .
Until my next adventure, be blessed earthlings…