Saturday, October 13, 2018

Rockhounding Trip to Deming New Mexico

Oh Deming, New Mexico.  One of Taylor and I’s most favorite places to adventure.  We never cease to find wonderful stuff every time we visit.  Deming is about an 11 hour drive from DFW so we decided to leave late Sunday night and do the trek.  That way we would arrive in Deming on Monday morning and have the entire day to rock hound.

I’ve read several accounts online that Deming has been picked over.  People say there just isn’t much left to find out there.  Well let me tell you, those people are knuckleheads.  Just think outside the box a little bit and a treasure trove of beautiful jaspers and obsidian awaits.  Maybe Rockhound State Park is picked over, but there is plenty of area around Deming to find wonderful stuff.  Like I said…. do your research and think a little outside the box.

I’ve researched the google maps and found a great place absolutely littered with jasper and obsidian. Literally every step you take brings a piece of jasper. Some of it quite awesome material.  Taylor and I spent about three hours at the “secret spot” collecting to our hearts desire.  Taylor found a particularly wonderful specimen that we both think is citrine on a base of rock and silica.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Gold Prospecting from Denver up to Central City on Clear Creek

There’s no doubting that my absolute favorite hobby is gold prospecting. I try to get up to Colorado two or three times a year to chase the pretty yellow stuff. I have also prospected in North Carolina, Arizona, New Mexico and South Dakota. I guess you wouldn’t call me a greenhorn anymore haha.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The 2018 Tucson Gem Show Trip

For rock hounds and mineral lovers Tucson is the Holy Grail. Every year for a few weeks in late January and early February the city is taken over by rock, mineral and gem dealers and lovers from around the world. There are over twenty different shows around the city with dealers from all continents. This year marked my second trip to Tucson for all the fun.

Honestly, my first visit back in 2013 I was overmatched. A definite novice in awe of the greatness. Once again I was able to go on the Tucson adventure with my awesome Mom and stepfather Richard. In 2018 we returned more educated and ready to do some real damage. We had a few hours Thursday afternoon after flying in, all day Friday and all day Saturday to search for treasures.

The plan was to hit the show at the Kino Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon. Friday morning to the Miners Coop show and Friday afternoon to the main show at the Tucson Convention Center to see the super high dollar specimens. Saturday we’d hit the big hotel shows all day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Five Interesting Facts About Gold

As many of you that know me well or those of you who just enjoy following TexanTreks have learned....I love me some gold prospecting.  Personally, nothing beats getting up into the mountains and going on a treasure hunt.  Sure it is hard work, but it is the kind of honest work that makes you feel good at the end of the day.  Throw in a little bit of gold and sometimes some beautiful red garnets and I love it!   I've posted accounts of several of my past mining adventures:

Gold Prospecting around Stanton Arizona
A Colorado Gold Adventure
Getting Gold on Cache Creek, Colorado
South Dakota GPAA Claims

I also enjoy reading about gold prospecting and the history of the old gold mining times and ghost towns.  Today I came across some quite interesting gold facts I thought I would share with you.  I am pretty sure you will find them just as interesting as I did!

Five Interesting Facts About Gold -
1. All the gold that has ever been found in the entire world would fit inside three Olympic size swimming pools! Just one table spoon of gold is worth almost $10,000. This stuff is rare!
2. Apple Inc - In 2015 Apple recovered a whopping 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones. You see there is .035 grams of gold in every iPhone. So just in 2015 Apple recovered $40 million in gold. WOW!
3. An Olympic gold medal is only 1% gold.  The rest is actually silver......
4. The first gold rush in the US was actually in North Carolina 50 years before the California Gold Rush of 1849.  A boy found a 17 pound gold nugget which his family used as a door stop for three years before they figured out what it actually was!
5. Gold has been found on every continent on Earth, but mining for it is illegal on Antarctica

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Gold Cup semifinal between Costa Rica & the USA at AT&T Stadium

Saturday night brought one of my favorite things to town.  Every two years is the CONCACAF Gold Cup which is the soccer championship for North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Luckily North Texas always seems to get awarded some wonderful matches.  Thanks to my website Soccermogul I can get media credentials to all the games.  That means press box, field access, press conferences and even the closed training sessions the day before the games.

Last weekend I attended the Group A doubleheader in Frisco watching Costa Rica, Honduras, French Guyana and Canada play. Now that was a lot of fun but the real treat came the next weekend when AT&T Stadium hosted a semifinal match between the United States and Costa Rica.

Living only twenty minutes from Cowboys Stadium is quite a luxury as well.  The day before the big game I ran over to the stadium to attend all the pre-match events.  At 4:00 I sat in on the USA press conference and listened to US coach Bruce Arena deal with the media.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Gold Prospecting around Stanton Arizona

So by now I'm sure you have figured out from reading TexanTreks that I love myself some gold prospecting. The day after Christmas I left for Stanton Arizona for another gold adventure.  Stanton is about an hour northwest of Phoenix.  The town is nothing more than a ghost town nowadays with only a few buildings left but there is still plenty of gold in them there hills.

In the old days Stanton was famous for a nearby spot named Rich Hill. On top was called the potato patch because early gold prospectors found gold nuggets the size of potatoes just lying on the surface there! Of course that's long gone, but nuggets are still found regularly around Stanton with the washes and creeks having good gold.

It is beautiful high desert. A lot of cactus but some breathtaking landscape and views as you can see.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A visit to Walnut Creek Springtown to see the Acrocanthasauras dinosaur tracks

Last week a mother and daughter made a discovery that made big news all across North Texas.  Rita Manning and her daughter were out searching for arrowheads in Walnut Creek in Springtown, Texas when they happened across a plethora of ancient dinosaur tracks.  So for Mother's Day this year my awesome Mom decided we would go search out the site in Springtown and see the cool find with our own eyes.

We sat out from Weatherford in the morning heading off on the 30 minute drive to Springtown. I did some research the night before and found approximately where the tracks had been found.  Let the adventure begin.  The site is quite easy to find. In fact it is very close to downtown Springtown.  It’s amazing that’s these have not been found before. They’re right in the middle of the city in a creek bed just behind a big park and playground.  Just goes to show there are still treasures out there to be found!

After parking, we headed over towards the creek. There is limited access to Walnut Creek from the south side.  But of course that is right where we ended up!  Down the embankment we went slipping and sliding. Here’s the view from the south side looking down into the track area: