Rockhounding

Tourmaline Hunting

Tourmaline Hunting

We had a lot of fun at the Himalaya Mine located at the base of Palomar Mountain in San Diego County. Unfortunately, we couldn’t enter the mine. It was still a blast searching through their tailings to find treasure. Check out our video of our day and the loot we brought home.  Tidbits About Tourmaline The princess of China, Tz’u Hsi, was obsessed with pink tourmaline in the early 20th... »

What does real gold look like?

HOW TO Tell the Difference Between Real Gold and Fool’s Gold

“There’s gold in them there hills!” On a recent trip to Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, CA, we got a chance first hand to discover actual gold and learn how to tell the difference between the real deal and tricky fool’s gold. Without zooming in, it can be tough to tell the difference, especially when the sun is shining and the water makes everything glisten. Here’s a c... »

Pink Halite Crystal Hunting in Trona California

Pink Halite Crystal Hunting in Trona California

Now this is out of the ordinary! Fantastic fun for the whole family. Two days and 3 field trips to the Mud Fields, Blow Hole and Brine Pools at Searles Lake. Everyone convoys in their own personal vehicle to each adventure, starting out in huge parking lots in town. Visit the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society to get more info about the Gem-O-Rama which happens every year on the second Saturday ... »

Dig your own Fossils in Wyoming and Utah

Dig your own Fossils in Wyoming and Utah

Get out the chisels! Delta, Utah and Kemmerer, Wyoming have some of the best fossil diggin’ around. Feel like an archaeologist as you carefully separate layers of rock to find your own 55 million year old fossils at Warfield Fossils in Southern Wyoming. Bring gloves and glasses to protect your eyes. They provide the rest! We also love Antares Fossils. This is a jam-packed gallery/store showc... »