This place was so cool, it had everything from frogs, birds, amazing plant life, and rocks....yes I said rocks. I was looking through the local "what's going on today" section of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce and voila, today from 9 am - 11 am the River Preserve was putting on a program about rocks and minerals.
Laurie decided to stay back with Lucy and have some quiet time without me, do some laundry, and play with her IPad.
Over the years I've thrown rocks, tripped over rocks, skipped rocks across water, heck, I've even been accused of having a head full of rocks. I've always been somewhat of a rock hound but never really took the time to learn about how they were formed, how they got their colors, and the big question....why did I always get caught when I broke a window with a rock!
I got all but the last question answered by gem and mineral hobbyist Dale Keiser, the program presenter. Dale is a local who has been collecting and learning about gems, rocks, and minerals his whole life. He gave us the basics on identifying & collecting as well as leading us on a short hike around the Preserve area.
The group consisted of about 25 people ranging in age from about 8 years old to a couple in their 80's.
It was really interesting and I learned a lot from his program.One of the things Dale did was identify rocks that people brought that they didn't know what they were. I had brought a piece of quartz with some yellow flecks in it that Laurie got while on our Jeep tour in the desert. Dale checked it out and said "yep, that's real gold in the Quartz,". He said it's not a lot of gold and to tell Laurie not to quit her day job.....I said "well it's too late for that" :)
This afternoon we're going to a downtown celebration with live music, arts, crafts, farmer's market, and home made ice cream. Miss ya all.....Bob & Laurie
|Dale...very good presenter|
|She 's now known as Laurie "Gold Fever" Fritz|
|Natural Turquoise found in the desert too.|