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Crystal Park

By Stampmouse
Crystal Park is a recreation area where for a couple of bucks, supply your own equipment, lots of dirt and a few dreams of hitting it big can happen.  more information here:  http://southwestmt.com/listings/11967.htm
You can find crystals and Amethyst there and its a popular spot for families to come and spend a few hours and others spend most of the day or days there.  we spend several hours there ourselves.  I have a rock hound for a dad and by nature I love rocks in their natural form.  I have been wanting to come with my dad for many years and finally it worked out that we could make it this weekend.
with a beautiful background and scenery you can't go wrong with a great weekend
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
first you find the perfect hole or area to start.  that was dad's job.  an old (not a living tree must be dead) tree is one of the best spots and somewhere, where the loose dirt from other digs hasn't compiled it at all possible
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
then you start digging
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
yes you get dirty and if its wet you get muddy but its so much fun to search for your treasure
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
hubby did most of the digging while dad and I did the sorting and shoveling away the old stuff
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
my dad made his own device for this but all you really need a framed screen, a bucket, a shovel some water to spray off the rocks and some paper towels or toilet paper to wrap your treasures in so you don't break or scratch them later.
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
our dig site from the top of the mountain, and a storm is coming in
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
doesn't this drift wood look like a bird?
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
this was one of best finds for the day
Butte - Crystal Park 2013
we packed up and left just as the rain hit how lucky was that.

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