Contact and Links


Contact me by telephone:

(432) 386-3431 cell
I have an email list that I send rockhunt announcements to in addition to posting them on this website.  To join, just send me an email.

Contact me by email here:


Gem Clubs:

East Texas Gem and Mineral Society

Big Bend Area Resources:

Other rockhound websites.  These folks are all my friends, great rockhunters and talented lapidaries.  Their collections have been acquired over many years, and are really spectacular.  And they’re great photographers, too!

Preston Adcox’s Shaped Stones

Steve Ivie’s Rockhounding USA

Matt Dillon’s Flickr Page

Some other creative uses for agate, petrified wood, and other stones:

Patty Reagan who makes pictures out of rough rock.

And a couple of websites that have lists of “fee dig” rockhunting locations in Texas and all around the country. Although my links go directly to the list of fee dig sites, remember to look at the rest of these great websites: which is a great resource about which gems, minerals, and rocks can be found in Texas, and where to go to find them yourself. which has lots of information for rockhunters. which has great blog and good products.

11 thoughts on “Contact and Links

  1. Hello, I will be in the area on March 16th with my wife and kids. I saw you had an event that day that may work for the kids. Do I need to sign up for the event?

    • Hi! I’d like you to sign up, although if you just showed up you could indeed go on the hunt. One reason for signing up is that if no one signs up for a rockhunt a week before the date of the hunt, I’ll cancel it, not knowing you wished to attend. Also, since I know you are going to attend, I can get in touch with you if I need to change the time or place we meet, etc. (that hasn’t happened yet in over 1000 field trips, but there could be a first time…) And, when I know that you’re coming, we’ll wait for you if you’re late getting to the Lodge for the hunt.

      To sign up, please send an email to, and include the number for a cell phone you’ll have with you on your trip.


    • That place was probably at the bottom of a hill, a swamp, or perhaps the bottom of a lake when the wood that’s now petrified was still organic matter. The wood collected and was quickly covered so it didn’t decay. Then, aided by the minerals suspended in water, over time it petrified. There are probably thousands of spots like that across Texas and the rest of the United States– it’s just that no one knows where they all are. I know of a couple of spots like that in the Big Bend, too.

    • Hi! No, I won’t be leading hunts again until the Fall. It’s way too hot in July for field trips here. The season usually begins around October 15 and ends at the end of April. I’ll be posting a schedule in late August or early September. Please check back then!

  2. Hello I live in Texas in the winter and I would like to join one of your groups if possible in November 23 or spring 2024. I’ve found some awesome crystals near Terlingua but never agates. Can you please contact me? Thanks, Mary Quint

    • Hi Cindy! Many of my friends find petrified wood and agate on the unpaved county roads west of Pearland. My suggestion for you is to join the nearest gem club — or join 2 or 3 gem clubs. Gem clubs usually offer meetings, a club house with rock experts, and their own field trips. They love to teach kids about rocks, and often have field trips that are appropriate for them. They can show you what to look for in the field, and then show you what it looks like when it’s clean, and eventually cut and polished. They can give you basic instruction on what to do and not do on a field trip.

      all of the field trips I lead are kid friendly, although it’s a long drive from you. The Ritchie Ranch is the best ranch for kids, because it’s close to Alpine, has lots of small colorful pieces of agate and quartz crystals, and is not very mountainous or rocky. I hope to see you out here this Fall.

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