Chrissy and I spent a wonderful day last Sunday on Chambers Mountain in Haywood County, North Carolina. We went there with our friends from Florida, Mickey and Barbara Cecil and their two good-natured and well-mannered children, Rachel and Matthew. This location is feaured in my book and as an excellent location to find kyanite in a mica schist and/or quartz matrix; the rocks occur as float over a relatively large area.
It was a typical hazy summer day in the Smokies. The view from Chamber's mountain is worth a trip all by itself.
We all hiked for several miles across high mountain pastures and steep slopes in the
adjacent forest looking for kyanite boulders. Mickey had a terrific eye for spotting
kyanite even though most of the rocks are heavilly coated with iron-oxides, lichen and
moss. Finding something worth keeping means that you have to carry it, so I was happy
that Mickey kept finding most of the big stuff. Rachel and Matthew had to lend him a
hand with part of his booty.
I have yet to clean the few rocks that we dragged home I have taken pictures of material that we have collected there in the past. The following are a couple pictures of the material that one might be able to find on Chamber's Mountain on a good day.
We made got off the mountain with about an hour to spare before the sky opened up with yet another late afternoon thunderstorm.
As usual, I'm a little backed up in the cleaning department, but I'll get to it soon enough.