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Take a picture tour of 13 counties inthe bountiful
Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina,
the crown jewel of the southeastern United States.

See beautiful pictures of the rock collecting sites &
the gems and minerals recovered at each location.


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Visit the McRocks Message Board to
read and talk about rockhounding.


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Pictures of all North Carolina Rocks and Minerals
shown on McRocks.com may be quickly found
using the Rocks & Minerals Index Page.


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How To guides and resources for rockhounding
& lapidary by various knowledgeable authors!


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& ROCKHOUND RESOURCES

 

A Rockhounding Guide to North
Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

By Michael Streeter

NC Professional Geologist, Photographer & Rockhound

April 1, 2003

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Click on Mini-Mike below for more information


Click here for details about Mike's
articles in Rock & Gem Magazine

A Rockhounding Field Trip's
Countless Blessings
By Mike Streeter
May 25, 2006

A rockhounding field trip involves much more than collecting rocks and minerals. For my wife Chrissy and myself, finding a specimen worth keeping is just a bonus to any day spent in the field with like-minded rockhounds. Most of our friends were met on rockhounding excursions and getting together with them to swap stories, jokes and life events is far more valuable to us than any rock could ever be. While finding a decent specimen is never a certainty, laughter and good will are usually guaranteed. Beyond the friendship and camaraderie, the simple act of spending time in the great outdoors has its own unique rewards. Hiking a forest trail and enjoying a spring explosion of wildflowers or coming upon a mother deer with fawns can almost make us forget about the collecting location that we had started out to find. And as if all this wasn't enough, there still exists the chance to uncover a breathtaking rock or mineral. Even at locations where we have collected many times, we never know when we will turn over just the right rock to uncover the gem of a lifetime. But even when this doesn't happen, we are able to enjoy the countless other blessings that come with a day spent rockhounding with friends.

- We hope that you enjoy
your visit to McRocks -


Mike, Opal and Chrissy Streeter


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