For the kids fall break I took a couple of days off of work and we visited my folks in Northern Colorado. On Sunday morning my dad and I were talking about visiting Chicken Park where we have heard stories of Kimberlite Pikes (diamonds, we are in that part of Colorado), gold, Amethyst and other fun stories of the area. Given that is a 20 minute drive from their house we decided to check it out.
Our journey was abruptly cut short, however, due to a road closure. There was another way; but it would have been at least an hour drive so instead of turning around and heading home; we decided to check out another road; the only one available. After a rough road we got out and took a hike. A little while into the trail we came across some float that caught our attention and we decided to dig a little to see what we’d find.
Dad ran back to the truck to get the pick and rock hammer while I stayed and scoped the area out. By the time he returned I had an idea where we should dig and we started. We spent about an hour digging and pulled out a bunch of rough chunks with faces; almost all with crystallized formations showing. I ended up finding some red clay and small crystal clusters started coming out.
These took me a while to clean up; the mud was really sticky. We had to get home for lunch and so we left the diggings to come back the next day, a little more prepared to do some serious excavation; except it snowed six inches! Oh well; my dad said he’d check it out further on some warm day–the luxuries of being retired!
All in all a wonderful hike with my dad and adventure on the mountain back roads in his area! Hope to do this again soon!