Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Nestled in what I could best describe as a sleepy mountain town that has been spread out over the length of many terrifying winding roads instead of one dense central location, is the Emerald Village.
This is the place to come if you are an amateur geologist or one-off mineral and gemstone hound, or want to try your hand at old-school above the ground mining.
We went and tried our hands looking for emeralds in the tailings at Crabtree. We wound up with some quartz, a tiny piece of pyrite, some disappointed kids (one because we didn't find any emeralds, and the other because we took him away from rocks he was smashing with a hammer) and a good work-out. While tough to get to, our kids loved it and we spent the better part of 4 hours, including having a lunch we brought at the site.
To ease the kids disappointment of not finding emeralds, we bought a huge bucket of assorted rough gems and minerals to go through. A free cutting of one of our finds was included with the price, so after an hour of chilly fingers and two big backs of loose rough gemstones, we picked out a Tiger's Eye we found to get cut and sent home to us when complete.
All in all, would definitely recommend and would do again.