Beauregard Mine, Sept. 2015
20 of us met up in front of the Gilsum Village Store, and the weather was as perfect a day as you could ask for,,, and NO bugs besides!
This summer had several real heavy rain storms before the trip, so I was hoping a few specimens might have washed out.
Once we arrived at the mine, I gave a short talk on the history of the mine and pointed out digging areas.
In the short time we were standing there, several members found beryl crystals under their feet, before I even finished talking, the rain had done it's work.
I think everyone found several good beryl crystals along with schorl, mica and manganoapatites, even a few small garnets, the digging and busting rock payed off.
We stayed late in the day, as everyone was having good luck, and of corse,,, they didn't want to quit.
Trip leader: Wayne Corwin
Photos below by:(In Order)
manganoapatites, normal light
manganoapatites under SW - UV