Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Herkimer Diamond Mining at the Ace of Diamonds

We had about a week in between Phish tour and their festival so we decided to go up to Herkimer to dig for some crystals. It's really cool mining for your own rocks. I was breaking boulders and pulling out nice crystals. If you pick the right rock that starts producing, you can get a handful of nice Herkimers pretty quickly. It's all about finding the rocks that have black pockets calked vugs in them. The more holes the better. Here is a small herkimer in matrix. It was my pocket rock.



The first afternoon we pulled in and recognized a couple of the workers and the mine owner knew our van. I don't know if it was good timing or if he likes us because that first evening, he brought out a whole bunch of new material to work with.


We had a squirrel that would raid our camps at night. He must have liked the smell of coffee, cause he chewed on the lid to my coffee grounds.



It was a great time at the Ace of Diamonds. We got lotsa nice rocks and Flowski took some time and got our nice Kenwood car stereo installed and got the whole van cleaned and organized.


I am really stoked on the new head unit. We can use the iPod and have hundreds of hours of music at our fingertips.

Definitely coming back to Herkimer after Phish Superball in Watkins Glen NY.

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1 comment:

  1. I too would like to visit Diamond mines for a tour. I would like to see on how they harvest diamond from the earth.

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