The last of the old-time rockhunting ranches has been closed. The wonderful Stillwell Ranch has been divided and much of it has been sold. Included in the sale is the old primitive campground and the hills in which we used to find marvelous agate. The black tank area to the north of the big wash has been sold as well.
The Stillwell Ranch is still open as a place to stay, with RV hookups, primitive camping, and the store. There is another ranch in the area that has expressed an interest in hosting rockhunters, and I intend to talk to them soon. I’ll let you know as things progress.
As for me, I’m in California for a while, but I may be coming back to Texas to lead field trips in Fall 2019 as well as in Spring 2020. Some of that depends on y’all. Please let me know if you’d be interested in Fall field trips, and when you’d like them. I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to do Fall trips, but if I do, I’d like to do them when as many as possible can attend. So send me an email that indicates when you’d consider coming out for hunts, and how many people would be in your group. I realize that this is all incredibly iffy, but the more I know about when y’all would come out if every thing falls together, the better I can plan.
My husband John is not doing all that well right now, but I believe the doctors are getting a handle on it and he’ll be feeling better soon. The lower elevation seems to be helping him breathe better, and his medicines need to be tweaked to what his current condition is.
Since I don’t think that I’ll be able to reopen my museum soon, I am offering for sale some of the exhibit material, including the plume agate ‘windows”. The windows are $2500.00 each, or $4500 for both. I also have two other panels that have never been displayed, one of which is composed of mostly local material, and the other of which is mostly Brazilian.
I’ve also still got agate buckets for the Walker and Singleton ranches, and Stillwell, Ritchie, Larremore, East Needle Peak and other material as well. Nothing will happen on that until I’m back in Texas, but the more I know about what you want to purchase, the better I can accommodate you.
I hope y’all are having a wonderful summer! If you’re rockhunting, or cutting previous finds, I’d love to see photos of your rocks!