High Basin Travels (troubles)


After leaving Overton, NV, we continued to boogie north toward I-15. We stopped in Mesquite at a Wal-Mart to get a few things. On the way out of the parking lot, I’d guess, we must have run over the curb with the trailer tire… at any rate, about 3 miles away, someone pulled along side of us honking and yelling that we had a flat tire! Pulling over to the shoulder I discovered the curbside front axle had a shredded tire.

Thanks to a well-stocked mobile shop, I was able to get the tire off, return to Wal-Mart where I was able to get a replacement. P.S. Yes. It took a sledgehammer to put the rim back in shape.

We’ve spent the last three nights in two different places near Delta, UT. Did some 4Wheelin’ up in the Cricket Mountains on the first day here, then went into Delta to get a Rockhounding Guide for the area.
Delta is a little laid-back farming community… looks like mostly alfalfa as far as the eye can see!
Down at the southern end of the valley we passed a wind farm with at least a section of land planted with turbines. That should have been our first clue that this may be a windy place! That wind has blown in a storm with a spritz or two of rain yesterday and last night. It’s overcast and cold (40F) this morning, but since it is supposed to be getting warmer, we’ll hang out her for another couple of days.

Since starting this Blog, before breakfast, the wind has died down, only to be replaced with a steading drizzle, reminding us of Southwest Washington.

Just before dark last night we went to Sunstone Knoll to look for, what else? Sunstones. It took us about a half-hour to pick up about  2 TBLS of the little gold-colored, transparent crystals that look somewhat like shards of glass, 1/8″ – 3/8″ in size.

Since it is so cold today, we’ll be hitting the rock shop and museum and heading for Topaz Mt. and Antelope Springs the next day. We are hoping to find Trilobite, Topaz, Garnet, Wonderstone and maybe some rare Red Beryl. The Red Beryl is worth nearly 6 X comparably-sized diamonds…and very rare… so fat chance! And HOPE’N!

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