|Photos from my rockhound trip out west
( Tucson Gem Show 2011 )
|This photo page shows highlights from my February 2-13, 2011 trip to Tucson, Arizona.
My first stop was in Tilden, Texas for petrified wood. I was able to get 200 pounds in
just a few hours.
It was bitter cold, 8 degrees with the wind howling and it was the coldest I have ever
been in my life. The next day I went to the House Ranch near Three Rivers to look
for petrified palm wood. I struck out here and this was mainly becuase of the extreme
cold and wind.
My next stop was in Llano, Texas, where I was able to collect about 400 pounds of
Llanite. Unfortunately , by the time I got to Tucson my shocks were busted and at
every bump in the road my fender wells would eat into my new tires.
This meant the very first thing I had to do when I got to Tucson ( after loading up 150
pounds of obsidian that I bought from a friend ) was to go get heavy air shocks
I made the rounds thru Tucson and had a great time looking at the minerals and
making a very few purchases.
Next I went to Holbrook, Arizona and dug petrified wood. I collected about 300 pounds
of very colorful rainbow wood. Great fun there!
The next day I left and got hung up in Moriarty, New Mexico with white-out conditions
and a low of 22 degrees below zero. It froze up my radiator and it is a wonder that it
didnt push out the freeze plugs or crack the radiator.