An unusual thing happened when I counted the votes for when to hold the Fall Walker Ranch rockhunts. Amazingly, the vote count for both weekends turned out exactly the same. So Bryan Crumpton has graciously consented to offer field trips on BOTH weekends.
Here are the dates:
Hunt 1 will be Thursday, October 16 – 20 bonus day(s) of 21 & 22
Hunt 2 will be Thursday, October 23 – 27 bonus day(s) of 22 & 27
Sign-ups are starting now, so if you are planning on coming, please email me. Those who pay their fees prior to September 16 (postmark date) can hunt one extra day for free!
We’ll need to have a minimum of 20 people who have paid their deposits by September 30 for each weekend in order to have that weekend of the rockhunt happen. The price is still the same: $75 per person per day, or $150 per person for 3 days. The fourth and fifth days are $35 each.
Now, if you schedule is such that you can’t come exactly on either weekend but can come sometime between them, email me the particulars and I’m sure we can figure out how to accommodate your schedule.
It has rained here in town quite a bit, and I understand that there’s been lots of rain on the ranch. There should be enough good agate showing on the ground there to make it easy to find great treasures!
Please email me back if you’re interested in hunting at the Walker, at firstname.lastname@example.org (or reply to this email), and let me know how many people will be in your group. We’d love to have clubs come out at that time! As usual, you will be able to dry camp on the ranch if you wish, at no cost. Your reservation won’t be confirmed until you send a deposit of half the cost of the rockhunt. I’ll send you the details about the deposit once you tell me you are coming.
Those of you who have been here know that this ranch is certainly worth the price of admission. If you haven’t been to the Walker Ranch, check out my website, www.terismithrockhunts.com, for information and photos. On our last trip in April, Rodney Moore, a rockhound and international gem dealer from Georgia, sold one Walker Ranch nodule (“biscuit”) at the gem show for enough to pay for his entrance fees!
I will be leading field trips to different ranches before and after the Walker Ranch hunts as long as people are interested and my stamina holds out. I’ll send out another email in a day or two to give you the season’s schedule for the fabulous Singleton Ranch, East Needle Peak, and the Ritchie Ranch. For those of you with kids, I’m planning trips to the Ritchie Ranch, which is ideal for children and people with limited mobility, for Christmas vacation and spring break. More details to come!
I look forward to seeing y’all in October and beyond.
P.S. Of course, the preferred place to stay is the Antelope Lodge. Check us out at www.antelopelodge.com.