Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Finding An Unexpected Treasure, The Petrified Wood and Art Gallery in Ogallala, Nebraska
Reaching the gallery, a volunteer explained that the gallery represented the work of two brothers, Harvey and Howard Kenfield. They had been collecting petrified wood, minerals, and rocks and had created unique art works. She also told us that other artists had contributed their own work.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Two Days in the Jade Fields near Jeffery City, Wyoming Fall 2014
This year two friends, Barbara and Lynn were going to meet us for rock hounding and we were both pleased when they arrived safely and on time. The question always is, do we go to Agate Flats first or last? The reason for this is because good jade is extremely rare and hard to find. Normally Renita and I would search for jade before becoming frustrated and then go to Agate Flats, but we had talked it over and decided we would take the newbie rock hounds to Agate Flats. There they would have some success, (finding jade is kind of like finding gold, you have to put in your dues days before you finally acquire the skill/luck to find some quality jade).
Turning off the main road we drove down a four wheel drive track, finally stopping near where we had hunted agates last year. The goal for the morning was to find enough to fill our tumbler which we then polish and give away to kids at the Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Show. Barb and Lynn were also planning on buying a tumbler and so we hoped they would find enough to fill its hopper.
Heading down hill I walked for a while before finding my first agate and then another. Slowly but surely I filled both of my pockets before returning to the truck. Barbara and Lynn both showed up with a nice handful of agates! Renita had also had success and so we drove to another spot to eat lunch and get a few more agates for the polishers.
Not having much success, although I did find a very small jade slick, we decided we had had enough fun for the day and headed back to our base camp, (Lander). The next morning arrived, along with Barbara and Lynn and soon we were looking for Bull Canyon.
We found lots of common opal and honey agate and Barbara actually found a cobble with small inclusions of high quality green jade. Renita had also found some sea oak petrified wood, definitely petrified wood anyway, Lynn found some green rocks that were almost jade, (you see these sold all the time as jade on EBay from people that don't know what jade really looks like). Lin did find a beautiful sample of pink feldspar with a crystalline band of fibrous serpentine.
Driving along Beaver Rim we stopped and had lunch before the afternoon jade hunt began. Li\ynn did find a nice piece of snowflake jade with some interesting inclusions that were perhaps pink jade/ thulite.
We were all tired, by this time, and so we headed back to Lander. As we passed through Jeffery City however, the Mad Potter's pottery shop, in Jeffery City was actually open. Barbara had wanted to look at his art work, (she owns and operates Raven Lunatic Art Gallery in Alpine, Wyoming). At first no one was around but Byron spotted us form the bar and walked over to answer our questions about his unique pieces.
Barbara bought a piece of his work and wishing him well, we headed back to our base camp. Everyone was tired as we moved their rock from our truck to their car. It had been a successful couple of days, days filled with pleasure and hope as we walked the desolate, barren, but beautiful high desert of the Granite Mountains. Clear skies
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Gold Aspens, Wild Horses, and Crossing Passes
So the plan was to leave on the eighteenth, but a strong storm threatened from the southwest. and so we left a day early. Hoping to leave in the early morning we were forced to wait as a storm with hard rain and cloud to ground lightening shook our fifth wheel. Finally hooking up and pulling out we headed up the valley and as we rose in elevation the aspen started to show their gold colors. It was definitely time to head south.
Eastward we crossed the Green River and our thoughts turned to past rock hounding, Blue Forest petrified wood, Big Sandy plant fossils, the Farson Fish Fossil Beds, and Farson petrified wood all enticed us with their siren call, but while we wished to stop we answered not this year.
Luckily the wind sock was limp as we headed down the steep east face of the Wind River Mountains. Stopping several times, to let the transmission cool, we made it safely and quickly drove the rest of the way into Lander. Tomorrow, friends will arrive to join us in our search for jade and Sweet Water moss agate. and what could be better than prospecting with friends in the wild Granite Mountains. Clear skies.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Colors and Cats, A trip to Matt and Pattys
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Fall Colors, Getting Ready for the Winters Journeys
Never having done this before meant it was time to look up freezing peaches on the Internet and then to frantically head off to town to buy the supplies we needed. The toughest thing to find was fruit fresh but I finally found some and bought the last bottle within twenty miles!
So we have added ten quarts of peaches to our frozen cherries, rhubarb, kokenee salmon, and homemade service berry jam. Now its time to make some sugar free peach jam and taking my sisters advice we decided we will make freezer jam. I am afraid its going to be a sweet fall and winter. Oh well we can always diet next spring! Clear skies and beautiful sunsets.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Art in The Parking Lot and the Birthday Bash, Alpine, Wyoming
The forecast for the weekend was very good as a cold front was going to blast through on Saturday afternoon and evening, but being the optimists we are we loaded everything up and set up our shop. Barbara had found a place where we could have electricity and water and so we were good to go and awaited the massive crowds, (actually as a new show we had no idea if anyone would show up).
More people came and we sold a Wyoming fossil bracelet. Next we sold a brown swirl algae pendant and matching kumihimo necklace, (Renitas braided handmade necklaces have been a real hit this year). One thing we have learned this summer is that handmade Wyoming pendants and bracelets, using Wyoming rocks and fossils, are what tourists and locals want! Its lucky for us that there are so few lapidarists left and so our jewelry is unique.
It was a short drive back to our fifth wheel and we had just got there when it started to rain and hail and blow. Lighting and thunder blasted and roared and we were really glad we we protected in our place. Now our thoughts went to the show tent and if had survived?
The next morning we arrived to find it intact and even dry inside! Even though it was raining off and on, we set everything up. A truck arrived and a young couple walked over and bought one of our new bracelets! That made our day as the rain settled in and we closed two more sides trying to keep open but to also keep everything dry. The people continued to trickle in and we met more fellow Escapes. They talked of Quartzite, Alaska, and the full timing lifestyle and the biggest benefit which is meeting new people all over the country.
The rain stopped about the time the show closed, but it was still good as we had had a good first show. Hopefully this one will continue next year, and hopefully the weather will be better! Returning back to the house we packed things away for the long trip to the east coast and Florida. We don't have any shows planned till we get to Texas, but you never know what we will find as we travel down the road! Clear skies.
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