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    Agate 2006 Apache Creek, NM

    It was late August and we were preparing for the annual trip to Apache Creek campground in New Mexico. We had planned to get there on Thursday, Aug.31st. Because of being stubborn and holding out for lower gas prices, we found ourselves almost out of gas early that evening. We decided to stop at Buckhorn RV park for the night and get gas in the morning when the store opened in Cliff, NM, 8 miles south.

    Apache Creek Campground is located about 11 miles Northeast of Reserve,NM on Route 12, which is in the West Central part of the state, just East of the Arizona border.
    Each year this trip is hosted by The Rocky Mountain Rockhounds and The Chaparral Rockhounds. This year it ran from August 26th thru September 4th, which included the Labor Day weekend.
    The event this year was suitably named, "AGATE 20006"

    Apache Creek Campground

    Upon arriving at the campground, Friday morning, Sept,1st, we had to tend to the rigors of setting up. I know most of you that have a travel trailer have done this and perhaps have an easier time at it than I do. I will qualify by explaining that at the time I was going through Radiation and Chemotherapy treatments for Lung Cancer. This was after they had removed a large part of my right lung. The setup went fine, especially because I could sit or lie on the ground to get it done.

    We spent most of the day enjoying the beauty and serenity of the area. The majestic pines towered above as we relaxed awaiting the return of most of the group who were on a field trip.
    Some of the rocks and minerals that could be found on any given day included; Agate, Banded Agate, Bloodstone, Bytownite, Calcite, Chalcedony, Crystaline, Fire Agate, Geodes, Golden Luna Agate, Halite, Hematite, Hypersthene, Jasper, Labrodorite, Lava's, Luna Blue Agate, Obsidian, Perlite, Plume Agate, Quartz Crystals, Spotted Agate, And Thunder Eggs just to name a few.
    Finally the group arrived back at camp. We waited for them to unload and get settled. We then wandered over to meet up with the trip leader, Yonis Lone Eagle. He introduced us to the others, some we had meet a few years before on our first trip to this event.

    We sat around listening to the events of the day and where some of them had been. One of the places mentioned was Lee Russell Canyon. We had been there before and were aware of the Banded and Spotted Agate found there. As we listened we learned of a second way to get there, which was several miles shorter. We were looking froward to trying this new route the next day.

    Carnelian and Luna Gold Agate
    Spotted and Banded Agate

    Not all the events of the day ended up being positive, but none the less exciting. A good tip to remember as you imagine the incident one gentleman is describing at his pick truck. Be aware as much as you can about the mountain roads you are on. If not, take your time, especially around blind corners. You can see the back window of the truck has been damaged. He told us he was rounding a sharp turn and realized to late that the road was washed out. To avoid more serious results, he hit the brakes hard and the ATV ,which was in the back, came through his back window. Fortunately he reacted quick enough to avoid more damage or injury to himself.

    On the way to
    Lee Russell Canyon.
    Looking for Agate
    at Lee Russell Canyon
    By the end of the second day we had been to a few collecting areas and were very pleased with our results. This was the final weekend and many had been to the collecting sites several times. Some had left camp already to venture down to the Silver City, NM Gem Show, which was about 100 miles South of our location. The evening would prove to be interesting as with each year, the last Saturday of the event was reserved for the traditional pot luck dinner. Everybody pitched in and we all enjoyed the fruits of our labor with a variety of culinary delights. Below is a collection of pictures from the 4 days that we were there. As you can see, gathering around the campfire was favored by many. I need to mention that we had a mix of weather. Most of the time it was partly cloudy and times it did rain some. The temperature varied from mid 50's to lower 70's in the day to mid 40's to lower 50's at night. Overall it was very nice and we are looking forward to next year. I might add that since that time we have upgraded from a travel trailer to a motor home.

    What you all got?
    Do you know this area?.

    Fireside chat
    Enjoying the pot luck dinner.

    Who you calling baby?
    Last day group shot.

    We do plan a return trip back to New Mexico in the near future and hope to have continued good luck. I also want to wish you all the best in your rockhounding endeavors and remember......

    Be Safe, Fill your holes, Close all gates behind you, and respect the property of others. This will help protect the open access we have come to enjoy in the Great Southwest.

    I update frequently with new articles. Information contained in these is from reliable sources and personal experiences with a little humor thrown into the mix from time to time. So come back and visit often!

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