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Any Rockhounders here?

DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 776 Senior Member
edited August 24 in Clubhouse #1
One of my favorite dinkering hobbies is rockhounding. I'm blessed to live in Southern Utah where rocks of all sorts and cool fossils abound. It's fun to just load up the 10/22 and old Estwing rock pick and spend a day 'prospecting' for fossils and blast some beer cans around. I've always had a fascination for geology and can spend hours visiting the Ma and Pa rock stores up near Hurricane and Zion. Geodes and Trilobites are my favorite picks. 

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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,768 Senior Member
    edited August 24 #2
    When I was young I was.  I was fascinated wit caves and even had a small nice collection of fossils.  My son’s father in law is a SERIOUS rockhound with an amazing collection!
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,916 Senior Member
    edited August 24 #3
    We mostly focus on Petosky stones on the Lake Michigan shore and agates on the Lake Superior shore
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,930 Senior Member
    Most of what I see are leaverites and love stones.
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,147 Senior Member
    I’m not really a rock collector, but our property is completely covered in petrified wood.  I’ll pick up the big chunks when I see them.  Here are the three I keep on my desk:



    I always keep an eye out for arrowheads as well.  And I never find any.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,916 Senior Member
    This is my collection of arrow heads, spearheads and scrapers.
    The large stone at the top is a hammerstone, used to knock flakes off a larger stone. My prize is the obsidian spear point...as old as it is...those edges are still sharp enough to cut you to the bone...

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    edited August 24 #7
    Used to take my Estwing pick everywhere I went when driving around East TN. Lots of fossils to be found in rock beds here, especially the shale. There's a cut in a big ridge on I-40 east of Knoxville that is loaded with trilobites and other small fossils. Got run  off it once by the TN Highway Patrol as they said I was a road hazard; I was parked in the cut 100 feet from the breakdown lane. :D Also lots of fossils in some of the state parks; gotta hide that hammer, though.

    There are arrowheads on the farm here, and over on the lake if you know where to look. And a place called Paint Rock that is rich in flint and arrowheads; just got to stay away from the prohibited area for digging. The river uncovers lots of arrowheads and shards of flint in various stages of being knapped.

    Edit to add: There's also lots of quartz here from thumbnail size to big as a softball and larger. It's the clear to milky white quartz. Lots of that here on the farm, too, along with some volcanic stuff.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,711 Senior Member
    Did it a couple of times when the boys were early teens-----found a few geodes and some other fancy looking quartz.
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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    edited August 25 #9
    Since some of you are rockhounds. I am not. Wife and I were driving up through Idaho 2 years ago,  and there is a short stretch where these black ones are found. Any idea what it is. I'm sure it's nearly worthless but curiosity is getting me. 


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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,622 Senior Member
    Yep, the boys being boys will pick up anything that catches their eyes.
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 536 Senior Member
    My mother's hobby is doing in depth genealogy. The whole family took a trip somewhere in KY when I was a kid so my mom wanted to visit an old cemetery to research gravestones from relatives waaaay past. While her and my dad were doing that, my brother, sister and I were running around and looking for arrowheads because my dad mentioned it. My brother found a few, I found none but my sister found a really large natural black onyx gem/stone. I believe she still has it to this day.
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 776 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    This is my collection of arrow heads, spearheads and scrapers.
    The large stone at the top is a hammerstone, used to knock flakes off a larger stone. My prize is the obsidian spear point...as old as it is...those edges are still sharp enough to cut you to the bone...

    Wow! That's a nice collection.
  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,386 Senior Member
    i wanted to be along time ago.  But never got into it.

    I always wanted to find my own thunder egg and have it opened up.    Everyone is unique so it would be cool.

    When i was in Brazil i wondered into a mineral museum.  Found out that you can find every mineral in Brazil.  I havent verified that, but who knows.  They had some that im sure, it would be hard to find in the USA.

    when i was a kid along time ago, one neighbor was a rockhound.  I remember he took my bro out and they found some gold.  It was in some quartz?   

    Whats sort of nice about rocks is that you can find them just about anywhere.
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