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  1. @bigrex I was able to meet the owner/operator of the State School land. And found out they basically lease the land and provide the information. Not sure where the money goes, as I am sure they get their cut too. Another claim has also started just to the north of UDig. But the paydirt isn’t as good according to the owner. He also mentioned the BLM site and said the same thing, is that there isn’t much there. My truck was ready for the off road per’say trail leading to it, more for a high clearance or atv type vehicle. Maybe in the fall I plan another trip up there to hit some more topaz and other areas where there is Cambrian shale as you mentioned. Jason
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    Nice ones Eric. Those are about all I get out there as well. Congrats. Jason
  3. @pondmn Yeah we have a club in town and I was a member long ago, but may have to get re-acquainted with them again. @Morlock There was several individuals up there at UDig that have done that and were talking about it and it sounded cool too. Maybe a summer vacation in the works. @adam It was fun, and the rain was a blessing, as my body was aching from being contorted looking for topaz, digging. Having the right tools is key and getting up higher on the mountain also helps too. Again, Thanks for the info.
  4. Howdy Gang, For sometime now I’ve been wanting to hunt some fossils and recently got interested in wanting to hunt for gemstones as well. I reached out @adam and @bigrex and a HUGE shoutout goes out to them for the info they provided. I left out of town on Friday afternoon and headed to Delta, UT. On the recommendations, I decided to try UDig fossils. Granted, it’s a pay to dig site, but my time was somewhat limited and I had a plan for other stuff too. I ended up having a blast, found lots of trilobites, some algae, and plant life. And the best was the other people who had small children shouting and sharing in their excitement when they found something. I only spent a half day there, then heading to the huge dry lake, Sevier Lake. Let’s just say the lake wasn’t dry and that was a bust to look for meteorites. Next, while heading back to Delta, I headed to Sunstone Knoll to look for sunstone Laboredite. I found quite a few small crystals scattered about but anyone probably could if they looked close enough. Now it was time to head to Topaz, Mountain. I forgot to mention, in my planning prep, I decided to rough it and sleep in the back of the bed of my truck. I figured the weather was going to be good, so why not, less to carry. Night one was fine, a bit cramped in the bed, but manageable. I am sure your saying, OK, so what about night two. Well, when they say 10% chance of rain in Utah, that means 100%. But I’ll discuss that a bit later. I arrived at Topaz, MT. around 5:30pm Sat. night. Threw some rock hammers, 3lb sledgehammer, pry bar, chop-sticks, and a screwdriver in my pack and headed out to hit the high areas in the mountain. I was behind the claim area to the left, as their map shows, and figured I’d go higher as most would probably not. After poking around for about three hours I found some small pieces, and a rose colored piece. Nothing whole, but still fun. I met a few others, as it was crammed pack with all kinds of people. Night two. Now about that 10% chance of rain. Well, it started to drop-drop but nothing I couldn’t handle around 10:00pm. I settled in the bed of the truck and was lights out about 11:00. Around 2:00am, it started to rain at a steady pace. I recognized it but figured it would let up. By 5:00, my sleeping bag was soaked, but I was still warm and decided to abandon the bed for the cab. I slept in the front seat until about 7:00. The rain finally let up to a drizzle an broke for about an hour. So I was ready to hunt some more. This time I went far left of the claim, where others were the night before, and headed up the mountain. Ofcourse, it started to rain some more, so I found a nice cubby outcrop to stay dry. It payed off. There were some vugs, but noting looked promising. Then after poking about, I found an area that was soft, and seemed to have an air pocket. That was the paydirt. I spent the better part of the hour or more using my chopsticks to dig, pry, gouge, and use the tools to extract the topaz. It doesn’t look like much but I’ll take it. I found another in the same outcrop and by mid morning I called it quits as the rain was persistent. As I was leaving, I saw in the rock hounding book about Apache Tears at Obsidian Hill. That was the next stop. Apache tears were everywhere and I grabbed quite a few. Directly across the road is Butterscotch Hill, where you can find tumbled jasper stones. I grabbed a few and decide to head out, since now I was wet from all the exploring. Overall, a fun and productive weekend, and I accomplished all I set out to do. Here are a few pics of the adventure.
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    Possible meteorite pieces?

    Kyle, Interesting indeed but terrestrial man-made or natural as Mike suggested. Meteorites are addicting and the fun of the hunt is key. Don't get discouraged but keep looking. Also, a very good publication, if you don't have it is Richard' Norton's, Rocks From Space. Plus, there are a hundred and one sites on the I-net as well for learning about the different kinds of meteorites, characteristics, tell-tale signs, etc. That piece has vesicles in it, meaning some sore of gas being produced. Meteorites don't have those. The color is close, I call it "poop" brown. Also, look up the streak test for meteorites, and that can help to ID them as well, but it is only a small part of ID'ing them. Keep looking down, Jason
  6. BigRex, trilobites you have collected, last year.  Well the fossil bug has got me lately, and now wanting to get into some topaz too. I saw a post you made in Aug '17 or so last year about hunting up in UT amd the video you made on Youtube. I'd really like to come up that way and do some hunting for topaz and trilobites too. Any suggestions, tips, or even guiding other there? I don' have the 4x4 anymore, just 2 wheel, not sure that makes a difference. And what about the time of year? I'm interested in the next several weeks or so, maybe after the 7th of June. I know it'll be hot but I'm OK with that, I think. Let me know what you think or can offer in the way of finding success up there. I'm just shooting in the dark here, and other than Google Earth, not much in knowing the roads, area, claims, etc. Let me know what you think.

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      Hi Jayray, feel free to shoot me an e-mail at biggrex@gmail.com. My inbox here is full. I typed something out, but preferred to not post it to my public profile. Thank you.

  7. Adam, The red cube is a 1cm cube, while the die is to compare larger pieces and total number of finds, sort of like a trademark if you will. The die is also 3/4" square. Jason
  8. Fred, this was too. I’m glad I zigged instead of zagged and took a second look. I don’t like them, but respect them. I grew up around copperheads and hate the buggers.
  9. Had a chance to get out to do some meteorite hunting before the weather gets too hot. Found a two nice meteorites; a little 5 gram and 23 gram Mohave Mountain. I also had the pleasure of meeting David Libuszowski’s friend, “Joe No Shoulders.” I was facing the wrong direction, and didn’t even notice him until I had the coil over him. Luckily it was still cool in morning as he didn’t move much. #meteorite #meteoritehunter #mohavemountain
  10. Nice finds Dave, congrats. Good to hunt with you and Eric.
  11. Rocky, A good throw down can be invaluable when learning to detect. Just remember to pick it back up.... Ive made that mistake once. Jason
  12. Bill, I would have to disagree with some of the statements, ie magnetic, sure they can. Irorns are magnetic, and there are some that are all grey as well. H-metal fits that category. A meteorite can also have a thick crust but more rare then the common chondrite. I will agree though that what I see in the pic do not look like meteorites IMO either. But what do I know, I’ve been know to be wrong before. Keep looking down... Jason
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    Got a few from the basin!

    Nice finds! Good work for GB. Congrats.
  14. Thanks guys. Need to do it again some time before it gets hot.
  15. Howdy folks, its been a few months since I’ve been able to get and hunt and post anything. This past weekend, I was able to meetup with a few friends to hit up the Mojave Mountains area and its recent classification. Not having much info to go on, it was pretty much up in the air. Saturday was great weather, and couldn’t have been nicer. We all went our similar but separate ways and most of the day was picking up WWII trash. Lots of .30 and .50 cals, wire, links, and the rest. But that all changed when I came upon and nice up-right, open piece. Just sitting there waiting to picked up. Crazy part was, I saw it before swinging over it. Scanning the area, I hit two more pieces to make it a puzzle piece, weighing in at 25.3 gr. The rest of the trip was exploring, trying other spots, reminiscing, and having good ole fun out doors. All in all a great trip with friends, finding meteorites, having fun in the desert. Happy Hunting, until next time. Keep looking down, and swinging slow and low. Jason