Well I got up today and decided I wasnít going to do any more chores around the house for at least
a day. I decided that I needed a break and remembered an article in the December Rock & Gem
magazine on a site close (15 miles or so) by that had some Botryoidal Goethite for the taking.
I called my buddy and asked if he would like to accompany me on this
outing. He agreed that he also needed some time outside. Although he is not a rock collector
I have dragged him along on about 10 such trips in the last 2 years so maybe he is a rock collector
after all, he just doesnít know it yet. I got out my maps and printed out directions and
surrounding area maps. We studied them over breakfast and decided it was time to get out and
look for some of this Botryoidal Goethite.
I showed him the old way I used to use to get into the city before
the new super highways (parking lots that you canít park on). This involves never going more
then two blocks in a straight line without having to turn onto a different road. The problem
with getting to the site is there is no way to get from point A to B without flying and involves
many confusing turns to get there. I remembered a route I used to take when I worked in the city
and it worked out fine for getting from A to C. I just had to figure out a way to get back to B.
The magazine mentioned the Pa Turnpike, 309 and 73. None of those roads gives me a warm fuzzy
feeling , so I had to improvise.
It ended up taking us less time to get there then it would have to
get to the turnpike. We scrambled down the embankment into the stream bed. I became ďCrick
WalkerĒ once again and found out there wasnít any water in this section of the crick. There
was, however, many pieces of Goethite laying everywhere. I showed my buddy what it looked like
and in 5 minutes he had quite a few pieces. Then we picked up only the better pieces to fill
our back packs and left plenty for future visitors to pick up. We only explored about 50 yards
of the crick thatís how good the collecting was. Did I mention what the recent heavy rains can
expose for us?
I had never experienced Goethite in this form before. Some of the pieces look like Obsidian
since they are solid and shiny, not the usual thin layered variety I am used to collecting.
I took a few pictures of two pretty clean pieces to show what they look like and Iím soaking
a bucket full for later scrutiny. A couple pieces are in the 30 pound size and look like they
will make nice specimens for my collection. One other piece looks like a bird in flight so
I had to take that too.
When trying to get back out of the crick I had a hard time because my full pack kept dragging
me back into the crick bed. By using my good old Geo Pick I was able to exit the crick bed and
get back to the SUV. We spent about 20 minutes collecting and an hour talking about it before
heading off home again. This was by far the easiest and one of the best sites we have visited
This crick runs through most of Oreland, Pa. We entered off Oreland Mill Road but there are
plenty of other routes to take to get into the good stuff. St Clair road even has a parking
lot that is used for the little league field that is right beside part of the crick. An old
Rail Road siding dead ends right a the crick also, back off Montgomery. The crick even runs
underneath routes 309 and 349.
If you are in the area and want some nice Botryoidal Goethite or just plain old Goethite, you
should give this crick a try. Itís dry most of the year but donít go into it when itís raining
hard. Iíll post some more pictures next week after I get then cleaned up and some more of my
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