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Whipple Mountains, April 5, 2011

posted Apr 6, 2011, 3:47 PM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 3:59 PM ]
Hunting chalcedony roses in the Whipple Mountains has never been better! We happened on to a spot that we had not previously explored, which was littered with pieces of chalcedony, large and small. We had planned to stay at this spot for only 30 minutes; however it extended to almost 2 hours before we finally decided to move on.

   At the next stop there was banded agate in large chunks, and more chalcedony roses and beautiful sparkling drusy pieces.

   After all the walking, bending, stooping, and carrying, all nine of us were ready for ice cream.  The closest place for that was the convenience store/gas station at Vidal Junction where we had paid $4.899 for gasoline earlier in the day!  But they had ice cream bars and cold drinks, so that was our refreshment stop on the way home.

   Beautiful weather for a beautiful rock hunting day!

Submitted by Barbara Catlin