Spring 2024 Rockhunts Start SOOOOON

Hi y’all! Spring rockhunting season is here, and it’s time to round up the rock bags and oil up the wheelbarrow for some great rockhunting adventures.

This Spring my schedule will be more flexible than it has been in the recent past. Aaron Thomas has said he’s not leading field trips this spring, so I have no reason to just schedule hunts for Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays. I’ve waited til now to send out my schedule because I’ve been trying to make contact with the 06 Ranch to see whether anyone else would be leading hunts on the 06 this Spring, but I haven’t been successful, so I’m assuming that there will be no hunts there at all. If that changes, I’ll let you know ASAP.

Instead of scheduling rockhunts now and hoping those days work for rockhounds, I’ll tell you when I can lead rockhunts, and you pick the days that work best for you and let me know. It only takes one person to sign up for a rockhunt to happen, and I love to go on rockhunts, so I will be glad to lead a trip for one person. And if you’ve got a group, so much the better. I’ve had up to 30 people with me on hunts, and everyone had a good time and found great rocks!

I’ll still be leading rockhunts on the Ritchie Ranch, the South Larremore Ranch, and East Needle Peak. Jean and Bryan Larremore will also be leading trips to the South Larremore Ranch when they can.

For further information on the ranches I lead rockhunts on, and what you’ll need to do to prepare, follow this link: http://terismithrockhunts.com/for-rockhunters/ To sign up for one of my rockhunts, send me an email at agatehunter@sbcglobal.net or text me at (432) 386-3431. Please include a phone number so I can call you if necessary. I’d prefer not to have you call me because I’m forgetful, and having a text or email that I can refer to will ensure I remember the right dates and other information.

The only requirement for my hunts in addition to the fees stated below is that you need to join the Rollin’ Rock Club. This club costs $10 per year for a single membership ($16 dual membership), and provides insurance that protects the landowner from any damage we may accidentally cause.

So without further ado, here’s my schedule:

Green= Ought to be available
Yellow=Probably not available, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Once again, the hunts will begin highway 118 south.in the parking lot of Little Caesar’s Pizza in Alpine, at the corner of Holland Avenue and Highway 118 south.

East Needle Peak S. Larremore Ranch Ritchie Ranch
Meets at 8 am in the parking lot of Little Caesar’s Pizza in Alpine Meets at 8 am in the parking lot of Little Caesar’s Pizza in Alpine Meets at 9 am in the parking lot of Little Caesar’s Pizza in Alpine
Cost:  $50 per day.  First bucket of rocks you collect is included in cost. Cost:  $60 per day.  First bucket of rocks you collect is included in cost. Cost: $20 entrance fee and $1 per lb for cutting material and crystals.
Leader:  Teri Smith (432) 386-3431 Leader:  Teri Smith (432) 386-3431 Leader:  Teri Smith (432) 386-3431

Regards,
Teri

P.S. I’ve still got great rocks for sale. I‘ll be cataloging what I’ve got starting next week when I’m back in Texas, and I’ll send out an email about that as soon as I have an idea what I have.

Fall 2020 Rockhunt Schedule

I’ve finally got a rockhunt schedule for Fall 2020.  Right now, with COVID and the resulting changes in how things are done, we are fortunate to still have three great ranches available for rockhunting:   The Ritchie Ranch, the South Larremore Ranch, and East Needle Peak.

I’ll be leading my field trips, cycling between all three ranches, each Thursday and Friday in October and November.  Aaron will be leading trips on most Saturdays, October through December.  This will give y’all three days in a row for rockhunting on your trip out to the Big Bend, and you can pick and choose which days you’d like to hunt. I’ll also be leading additional trips now and then,  so if you have a special request, let me know. You can sign up for Aaron’s field trips the same way you sign up for mine:  send me an email with the days you wish to attend, and make sure to include the phone number for a cell phone you’ll have with you.  Both Aaron and I will be leading trips to the South Larremore Ranch.  Aaron’s field trips will be limited to 25 people, and there’s still no limit to the number than can attend my field trips.

 If you haven’t hunted with Aaron, his fieldtrips are different than mine.  He keeps the group together and hunts with you.  He’ll even carry your rocks back to the car.  On my hunts, I give you instructions, make sure everyone knows what they can find, and then you hunt by yourselves until it’s time to get together at the end of the day.  I try to meet with everyone once they’re out hunting, to make sure they’re having fun and finding good stuff.

All field trips will begin at Tri-la-Bite, which is the food truck run by Aaron and his wife Katrina. It’s at the corner of Holland Avenue and Garnett Street in Alpine.  It’s on the left side of the street, across from the Sonic Drive-In.

There will be some protocols in place for extra safety during the COVID pandemic.  I’m asking everybody to wear a mask whenever we’re grouped together, and have your group stand 6 feet away from other groups and me.  Once we’re rockhunting, however, you and your group can remove the masks.

Rollin’ Rock Club membership is still required for my field trips.  Cost is $10 single and $16 for a dual membership.  Membership will run through the year 2021.

Aaron and Katrina have also opened up a rock shop in Alpine, called the Circle T Rock Shop in honor of Aaron’s family’s ranch.  It’s located on the east side of 5th street in Alpine, just north of Holland Avenue.  They’re usually open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They also have a Facebook buy and sell group called Circle T Rock shop, https://www.facebook.com/groups/2555173857901636/, where you can buy agate from local ranches by the pound.  And there are lots of other goodies available in their shop.

As for me, I’m still selling agate by the bucket, as listed on my website, www.terismithrockhunts.com.  I’ll get back to Texas at the beginning of October and hunt through lots of buckets to re-sort the material into more single-ranch buckets, especially Walker Ranch buckets.   I’ll be also offering special deals, and going through my studio to see what else I have to offer.  If you aren’t coming out here for field trips, I can mail a bucket of rocks to you for $50.  Last Spring, I mailed more than 150 boxes of rocks via USPS, and every one of them got there in good shape with all of the rocks protected!  A couple of them did take scenic trips around the United States, however, before getting to their new homes.

So here’s the schedule.  Be sure to look at the start time for your field trip because the Ritchie Ranch hunts begin at 9, not 8. That’s  because the drive to the Ritchie Ranch only takes about 8 minutes, so we can still get out hunting by 9:30 or so.

Regards,

Teri and Aaron

Date Location Leader Cost Start Time Requirements
Sat. 10/3 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Tues. 10/6 Ritchie Teri $10
entrance + $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Wed. 10/7 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Thu 10/8 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Fri 10/9 Ritchie Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Sat. 10/10 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Thur. 10/15 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Fri. 10/16 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Sat. 10/17 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Thur. 10/22 Ritchie Ranch Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Fri. 10/23 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Sat. 10/24 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people
  Cash or Check
Thur. 10/29 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Fri. 10/30 Ritchie Ranch Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Sat. 10/31 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people
  Cash or Check
Thur. 11/5 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Fri. 11/6 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Thur. 11/12 Ritchie Ranch Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Fri. 11/13 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Sat. 11/14 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people
  Cash or Check
Thur. 11/19 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Fri. 11/20 Ritchie Ranch Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Sat. 11/21 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people
  Cash or Check
Wed. 11/25 South Larremore Ranch Teri $50 8:00 Cash or check
Thur. 11/26 East Needle Peak Teri $40 8:00 Cash or check
Fri. 11/27 Ritchie Ranch Teri $10
entrance
+ $1/lb
9:00 Cash or check
Sat. 11/28 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Sat. 12/5 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Sat. 12/12 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Sat. 12/19 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check
Sat. 12/26 South Larremore Ranch Aaron $50 8:00 Limit of 25 people 
Cash or Check