I was thinking of molding a few types of other crystals and using the groups to form the interior of a crystal cave. Every day I look up at the mountains waiting for the snow on the peaks to melt. It is up there that I find these crystals.
Today at the bookstore I discovered the May/June 2012 issue of Rocks & Minerals has a picture of the location that I hike into on page 229. It describes it as a 30 mile drive on a rough road and a 1 mile hike…LOL! That is in PERFECT conditions. Normally one has to hike 5 miles down to the border (of Idaho), and 5 miles back up hill when one is done ‘hounding’. This is because even in mid August there are snow banks that can cover the road, and LOTS of fallen trees (big ones). Now, imagine hauling a backpack full of ‘treasures’ uphill to ones car. Yes, after every half mile or so certain rocks no longer have value to the transporter and they get left on the trail…lol. It is truly my favorite place on earth though - absolute favorite.
There are plenty of other places to pick up crystals where I live, but I prefer the variety and uniqueness of the Snowbird location. The view is breathtaking up there.
I am surprised the magazine chose such a drab picture to print. There are so many ‘better’ pictures they could have published; such as the large audits or the mega sized quartz crystals.
I have seen plenty of crystals being used on the rpg table. Many of them are real, and they look fabulous as terrain. Anyway, there are so many reasons why I hike to this place. Fluorite for D8 dice is one of them. Then there is the moose poop (an incense that is burned for its rustic, birtch/aldar scent), pine resin (another incense), huckleberries, mountain raspberries, ... and the list goes on. Believe it or not, moose poop sells for about $1 per piece and pine resin for about $5/oz; so I end up with some yuppy incense that smells wonderful every time I go on a quest for gaming pieces/supplies in the wilderness. (I think I will go burn some now.)