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From: Wayne H.
Sent on: Thursday, November 11, 2010 4:28 PM
ROCKHOUNDERS RETURN FROM UTAH EXCURSION

Three brave rockhounds from the Central Maryland Rock and Mineral Collectors Exchange (http://www.meetup.com/rockhounds) have just returned from their long awaited field trip to the Central Utah Desert Region.

Members attending the trip were Wayne, Sherri and Curtis. The three mailed home nearly a quarter of a ton of rock and stone via the USPS flat rate shipping boxes. Postal worker in Maryland/DC area are preparing for the massive delivery. Someone remarked that Utah felt a bit lighter after Wayne, Sherri, and Curtis left the state. The Maryland Department of Resources is preparing for the worst.

Utah Rocks! ? But? not just rocks ? fossils too. You can go to one of several areas set aside just for finding Trilobites (and a few other dead critters) imbedded in an easy to crack open shale. Some are pay to hunt, some are free. Here is one site that is highly recommended: http://www.trilobites.info/triloclass.htm. After several hours of cracking, take the leisurely drive back towards the main road (Hwy 50), just 40 miles or so.
But!!! Don?t go home yet, since you are this far South, you?ve got to visit - Sunstone Knoll.

Hunting and collecting (picking up) sunstones just glistening in the rain around Sunstone Knoll is a wonderful way to spend a late-cold-wet afternoon (especially if you are already in Southern Utah south of Delta). Most of the sunstones (golden labradorite) are the size of small fragments of broken glass. Others are a little larger (but smaller than a pea) and a might be a little more yellow-ish in color. Picking them up was like picking up tiny pieces of broken glass on a wet parking lot (just so the kids won?t cut their feet on them). Even though they look like pieces of glass, they were not too sharp and were almost too easy to pick up with freezing-numb fingers. Our hearty band of rockhounders spent the last 2 hours of sunlight gathering up about a handful each before it was too dark to see them anymore. It was intriguing that; even though you knew that there wasn?t anything that you could do with these tiny little fragments when you got them home, you just felt compelled to pick up more?

Golden labradorite is believed to increase inner strength, vitality, courage, mental clarity, endurance and spiritual focus. With that in mind, the ?Band of Three? figured that the sunstones were way too easy to find on a sunny, warm day, but were definitely worthy of the challenge on a cold, drizzly, sun going down, kind of day. Sunstone Knoll is about 15 miles south of Delta Utah, just east of Hwy 257. BUT!!! If you decide to go there directly from U-Dig fossils from Hwy 50, you have an opportunity to cross an alkali desert (short-cut); which, with a little light rain on it, is almost like riding a giant bull elephant across a giant ice skating rink, waaaaay out in the middle of nowhere. An absolute must do when the weather is just right (and you are in a rental vehicle). Taking nervous friends on the drive with you is optional but highly recommended.

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