"Ever think the rocks and minerals might be addicted to you?"
'RINGGGGGGGGGG', ring, ring. 'CLICK'. Scratch, scratch, scratch...... "Can't get to the phone right now - found another gem deposit. Just need to figure out how to get 'em out of the rock - have any dynamite I could borrow?"
"About last week. I found a cashe of gems! Visualize a plethora of Cape Emerald, Cape Ruby, chromian enstatite, picroilmenite, chromite, diamond and fancy diamond so saturated in color that Mother Nature worked overtime. Yep, found them near... well let's just say somewhere in North America."
"What's that? Sorry, I was gone last month consulting on a gold mine in California. Yeah, its been awhile since I mapped those mines at South Pass so, I just needed to get my mining fix."
"The previous month? You must admit that when you find water sapphire as large as Smart Cars, you may forget appointments. Why do you suppose they call them Smart Cars anyway? Can't be too smart paying full price for half a car. Oh yeah, the larger iolite gems are enormous. Did haul out a small one: 24,150 carats! It's largest found in the world, but tiny compared to those million plus carat stones I left in the outcrop." Should have seen me walking up the hill with by backpack full of iolite rough.
"GOLD? My son and I wrote a 365-page book on gold in Wyoming. Yes my son is also a geologist: graduated from UW with degrees in Geology, Physics, Astrophysics & Astronomy with a Math minor at same year. Yep, just finished a book on Gold in ARIZONA along with a Kindle version. Huh? You can't identify a green mineral found near Jeffrey City? Did you see my book on GEM, MINERAL & ROCK identification?
"Remembered my gun & boots. The gun does make better bear repellent: and the boots are not bad for kicking diamondbacks off kimberlite pipes. Why do you suppose snakes are so attracted to diamonds anyway? Did you hear about the prospector who read my Gemstone book and panned in Rabbit Creek in Colorado and recovered several diamonds including one of 5+ carats in a gold pan! Just imagine what he could have found with a backhoe ! He easily paid for his vacation. It's true, we found one of the largest gold deposits in the world in Alaska - larger than anything else in the US - and, yep, they got the gold mine and we got the shaft".
"Oh, one more thing - if you're a telemarketer, you have the wrong number! A politician? You already got all my money! A rock hound? Leave a message and I'll try to get back to you if I don't drop this boulder on my foot". BEEEEP!
WHO is the GEMHUNTER
Those rocks and minerals are addicted to me. No matter where I go, they find their way into my back pack! I worked mostly in Wyoming, and mapped the 480-square-mile South Pass greenstone belt, discovered gold in the Rattlesnake Hills east of South Pass after igniting a gold rush to the Seminoe Mountains greenstone belt.
I found gold and gemstones along I-80 in Wyoming and some adjacent to highways. Believe it or not, Albany County used high-quality labradorite (spectrolite) gems to grade their county roads and parts of US-34 from Bosler Junction to Wheatland. And sitting next to two of these roads are diamond pipes! I can visualize those county bureaucrats taking 3-hour lunch breaks with their dump trucks full of labradorite gemstones, while sitting in the middle of a diamond pipe complaining about their rotten pay?
I loved living in a tent and mapping the Radium Springs and Lewiston Lakes quadrangles at South Pass - where I didn't see another person all summer. But, didn't stop there, I mapped more quadrangles including 3 greenstone belts, a supracrustal belt, other mining districts and old abandoned mines. Worked as a consultant for a couple of diamond, gold, and base metal companies, and even found one of the largest gold deposits on earth with six other geologists: Donlin Creek. I often worked in the middle of nowhere with only a tent, rock pick, and the local coyote band - my idea of living!
Yes, I enjoy writing. Not too long ago, I finished my 1,000th publication (if one includes published abstracts) and contributed to 97 books. I enjoy sharing ideas with prospectors and rockhounds as most are my kind of people. Someday, I hope to write a book about a few of these unusual personalities.
Once I was in demand for field trips and led excursions for local rockhound clubs and geological associations. Awarded an AAPG award for best talk at a conference (and I'm not even a petroleum geologist), presented Wyoming Geological Association's "Distinguished Service Award", awarded "Distinguished Speaker" for the Laramie Lycem and "Distingished Lecturer" for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. I was inducted into the "National Rock Hound Hall of Fame" for communication skills. Not bad for a kid who was afraid to talk in front of a mirror, let alone people. I agree, I'm a workaholic. I'm good at things that interest me, but just as bad at things that don't.
There's a few other things that even I don't know about myself that I'm good at. Not a mechanic: can't fix anything without a hammer and duct tape. Good business management skills escape me, and computers dumbfound me. Not good at political correctness - so kiss my .... I'm independent. Guess I'll stop talking about politics in case your kids read this.
I worked with rattlesnakes (not politicians - but the creepy crawly... hmmm, guess they're all creepy crawlers). At one old mine in the West Cooney Hills, I walked into a rattlesnake den. The floor was alive and moving, so I did an about face and later labeled my map - "Rattlesnake Den mine". At another mine at South Pass, I labeled the diggings "Wet Dream Mine". Never heard the end of that one. Some people have no sense of humor.
Love old mines. Once offered a couple of prospectors beer to dig out collapsed mine portals so I could get in to map (prospecting old mines and finding new gold and gem deposits is better than sex - well, not really, but almost). I was the first person in some of these mines in 50 to 100 years. In one - the "Tabor Grand", I could see where a miner wrote in mud on the mine rib '1890'. Amazing it was still there and looked like it had been written yesterday. I mapped an old mine in California where miners in 1911 and 1939 did the same, but instead they burned numbers on the ribs (walls) with candles.
I took leave each year to consult around North America. When I left the WGS at UW, I went to work as VP of US Exploration for an Australian diamond company. While working for the Aussies, I found a few hundred cryptovolcanic deposits in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming; told them to pick up placer ground, and got them an actual diamond mine, but Bush's economic crisis of 2008 put them out of business. Well, there goes another finders fee!
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Well, have a great day and God Bless!
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