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    I wanted to start a thread so people could share common interests, cool places and perhaps meet for wonderous adventures. Another "treasure-type" hobby of mine is gem mining. I have been to the diamond mines of Arkansas (to no avail ), the Moorefield Mine in Virginia http://www.toteshows.com/morefield.html and just got back from the Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite, NC http://www.hiddenitegems.com
    It is a wonderful hobby that my family shares including my almost 60 year old mother, stepfather and sister. My husband not-so-much Mountain Biking is more his forte. Anyways, I will post pics of some finds and hope this info has been helpful. Also, PM me if you would like to link up for an adventure. I also enjoy metal detecting.

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    too cool about the Arkansas diamond mine. A few years ago I was planning to go there to try my luck, but it never happened. Now, I'm an hour or two from a place in New Mexico called Rockhound state park - various semi-precious gems (maybe) and geodes. Haven't been there yet, but when it cools down it might be fun.

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    Rockhound sounds cool. Do you know what kind of gems are there? The diamond mine is worth going just for the adventure of it. Each place usually has a museum thype display that is pretty neat as well. The Virginia mine we found citrine, amethyst, garnets, moonstone and amazonite. It is a mica based mine so usually quartz rocks. The North Carolina mine has buckets you can buy and sift through for various non-native stones (they call these enriched mines). You can also dig and creek. I dug a hole about 3 feet deep and 3 feet round in the red clay. Needless to say I was wearing the ThermaCare heat patch that evening I did find a vein of quartz (amethyst, smokey and citrine. I also found ermeralds, rubies, saphires, moonstone and sodalite. I would very much like to hear of places people have been and are worth going. I live in West Virginia (have pics of Prickett's Fort trees about 2 hrs away) and love to travel!

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    Looking at their web site, I'm thinking that "semi-precious gems" is probably an overstatement. The park (mostly desert w/ hills) has varieties of jasper, silica minerals (? - sounds like plain rock to me), quartz crystals (? - sounds like shiny rock to me), chalcedony, agate and common opal.

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    thinkI'd enjoy thatdiamond mine - and Arkansas isn't too far for me! thanks for the idea! maybe next spring I can pack up my girls and try that!
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    The diamond mine at the state park in Arkansas is really cool- IF you know what to expect. It is basically a big, huge empty field that looks like it has just been plowed (which is what they do every so often). In the hunting area, you just sit in the dirt and dig out in the hot sun. Beware of some regulars who are posessive of 'their claim' areas. The state park itself is nice with a neat visitors center, picnic areas, etc. But plan for most children to be bored in about 45 min. My mother-in-law loves it and plans to find a very big diamond one day- I will stick to treasure hunting in books and trees!
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