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Rockhounder's Dream: Dugway Geodes, Sherry Colored Topaz, Wonderstone

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Helaine from Reno, NV Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
Couldn't have been any better. Fast pace. Every stop was on schedule. Got all the rocks we set out for. A great leader (and company). Good weather.

Barbara from Salem, OR Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/28/14 - 10/04/14
This is a great program for the beginner an experience rock hound, we learned so much and found all kinds of rock, gems and minerals. Trilobites, sunstones, jasper, agate, fossils,

Pamela from Huntington, WV Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/07/14
I'm not a rockhound but attended this program because I'm interested in geology. Gary, Sandy and Trent, our leaders, have a lot of experience leading Road Scholar programs and anticipated all our needs -- including bringing along a portapotty. Before we went into the field, we listened to experts tell us about what we'd be finding. We were able to go to several sites not open to the public. The program was fun and informative and I was amazed at all the rocks and gems we collected. We filled up many buckets full of geodes, had a great time splitting shale to find trilobite fossils, picked up sunstones and Apache tears and hunted for topaz, among other things. We also had the opportunity to have some of these treasures turned into jewelry. So neat to be able to wear (and give to friends) a beautiful gem I found in the desert! Although this program is listed as "active," I am NOT, and couldn't climb steep hills or scramble over large rocks in the quarry. However, this was no problem because Gary showed me how to find gems and special rocks "on the flat." I highly recommend ths program.

Gerald from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/07/14
This was my first experience at rockhounding and it was great. Gary and Sandy put a tremendous amount of energy in making this program a successful and enjoyable experience.

Carol from Hopkins, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/01/14 - 06/07/14
This program is exceptionally well planned and organized, providing a positive experience for both experienced rock hounds and neophytes at collecting rocks and minerals.

William from Henderson, NV Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/29/13 - 10/05/13
So NICE! We did it TWICE!! This was our second time on this program. Our leaders, Gary and Sandy had made modifications and it was even better than the first time. Access to locations, not available to the general public, really made this a Rockhounder's Dream! People staying at our hotel were envious of our "loot."

Marsha from Cedar Rapids, IA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
My husband and I enjoyed the rockhounding in Utah experience to the highest degree. The leaders were delightful, informative and thought of everything to make the experience comfortable. The program gave me a chance to go to mines I would never otherwise be able to visit and allowed me to collect lovely specimens. The participants were enjoyable to get to know and the educational information was interesting. I would be eager to join any future rockhounding trips to other locations and would enjoy having the Nielsens be our leaders again. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

Pat from Kansas City, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
This was our first Road Scholar trip, and it won't be our last. We had the time of our life digging for Dugway Geodes, Topaz, Jaspers, Agates, Wonderstones, and our favorite, Trilobites! Everything was well organized, the itinerary was fun-filled and our every need was accommodated thanks to Gary, Sandy and Preston Nielsen! We recommend this field trip to anyone who loves adventure and the great outdoors. The Rockhounder's Dream Program was fun, adventurous, exciting and educational! Looking forward to our next Road Scholar Excursion! Pat and Janet

Kay from Shillington, PA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
Been on at least 10 Road Scholar trips and Gary was the best leader. Every detail was taken care of. Never had to worry where the rest room was, he took it with us. Also carried table, chairs, lunch and drinks. Obtained nice collection of trilobites, topaz, Dugway geodes, agates and jasper. Never a boring moment. Would highly recommend this tip to geologists or amateurs.

Sherry from Manitowoc, WI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
If you're interested in rocks and looking for adventure, then this program is for you. My husband and I had a great time. Gary and Sandy were great leaders. They were experienced, organized, friendly and accommodating. We were busy learning and doing the whole time. We visited out-of-the -way quarries, and dug for interesting and beautiful rocks. I would highly recommend this program to my friends who love the outdoors.

Judy from Overland Park, KS Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
This was a wonderful trip. It was so well planned and Sandy & Gary were extremely well organized. We didn't have to worry about anything. We got to visit mines that are not normally open to the public.

Bernice from West Reading, PA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
An excellent leader.A well planned and interesting program with many activities. Enjoyed the Field Trips to rock sites impossible to visit on my own. Best Road Scholar Trip I ever took.

Squy from Cheyenne, WY Number of programs attended: 10
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
This program far exceeded my expectations. It was a great value for the money. Gary & Sandy are excellent, experienced leaders. They planned for everything to include a Port-a-Potty on a trailer, rockhounding tools, bags for our finds, snacks, drinks, gloves, and much more. I learned a lot about rocks and minerals. Lecture/demonstration on mining and using beryllium was outstanding . . . I had no idea of the many uses for the metal. Great program, great leaders, best example of an outstanding hands-on Road Scholar program!

Beatrice from Cheyenne, WY Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 05/05/13 - 05/11/13
I would highly recommend this program for both new and experienced rockhounders. Information received was helpful and educational. Field trips were very enjoyable and productive. Group leaders were well-organized and planned every detail for the participants' comfort from the port-a-potty, daily drinks and snacks, to the tools needed for the field trips. Best group leaders on any Road Scholar program I have attended!


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"Picnic on Fossil Mt Hunting Day 1" Uploaded By: Gale

"Hilde at the Dugaway Geodes " Uploaded By: Barbara

"Topaz gem " Uploaded By: Barbara

"wonderstone mine" Uploaded By: Barbara

"In search of Apache tears " Uploaded By: Barbara

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"Monday - class lectures, Topaz museum, Great Basin museum, geology lesson, etc. " Uploaded By: Barbara

"You had to carry bedding for everyone, and could only bring what you could carry." Uploaded By: Barbara

"WRA Camp Topaz in background gravel paths are still visable." Uploaded By: Barbara

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"Topaz relocation camp" Uploaded By: Barbara

"Suga 2nd baby born in block 19 in the laundry room." Uploaded By: Barbara

"fossils everywhere on fossil mountain" Uploaded By: Barbara

"View from the second van. what a relief our own porta potty." Uploaded By: Barbara

"Apache tears- the larger tears were at the bottom of hill" Uploaded By: Barbara

"Fossil Mountain - fossils everywhere" Uploaded By: Barbara

"Robert Harris creating a pendant." Uploaded By: Barbara

"Judy and Vickie with their bucket of geodes!" Uploaded By: Pat

"Pat and Vickie sporting their geodes! " Uploaded By: Pat

"Pat finding her first topaz!!" Uploaded By: Pat

"Janet digging for Topaz!" Uploaded By: Pat

"Educating & Sharing Rock & Mineral Specimens from Participant's Home States During 'Trading Post' Time During Program" Uploaded By: Gary

"Thayne Lee from Local Brillium Mine Discusses Mining Operations and Items Made from Brillium such as Laser-Guided Missile Head He is Holding" Uploaded By: Gary

"Road Scholar Rock Hounding Group May, 2013" Uploaded By: Gary

"Lunch Break at Topaz Mountain while Collecting Utah State's Gemstone Sherry-Colored Topaz and Birthstone for November" Uploaded By: Gary

"Agate & Jasper After Being Tumbled for Five Weeks" Uploaded By: Gary

"Collected Agate & Jasper" Uploaded By: Gary

"Collecting Agate & Jasper to Tumble for Polished Stones" Uploaded By: Gary

"Group Below Mary Laird Peak Learning about Silver Mining Ghost Town of Joy" Uploaded By: Gary

"Mary Laird Known as 'No-Nose Maggie' in Front of Her Store in the Mining Town of Joy 1930's Photo Courtesy of Beckwith Family Collection" Uploaded By: Gary

"Learning About the Ghost Town of Joy Founded by Henry Bourne Joy" Uploaded By: Gary

"Sitting in Remaining Foundation of Laird's Store in the Ghost Town of Joy in the Drum Mountains" Uploaded By: Gary

"Exciting Times Seeing one of the Wild Horse Herds While Traveling to Dig Dugway Geodes" Uploaded By: Gary

"Vickie Doubled Her Luck with Her Unique Double Geode Found" Uploaded By: Gary

"Richard with One of His Amazing Geodes" Uploaded By: Gary

"Julia is Proud of Her Geode Found at the Dugway Geode Dig" Uploaded By: Gary

"Bard's Geode Bookends" Uploaded By: Gary

"Bard's Geode Cut into Beautiful Bookends to Display in His Home" Uploaded By: Gary

"Everyone's Collection of Dugway Geodes Get Cut Open to See the Amazing Crystals Inside" Uploaded By: Gary

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"Searching for jasper and agate" Uploaded By: Kay

"With our Backhoe at Work 30 Feet Deep Road Scholar Participants Get Spetacular Specimens of Dugway Geodes" Uploaded By: Gary

"Participants Digging Through Freshly-Dug Dirt from Backhoe for Dugway Geodes" Uploaded By: Gary

"Road Scholar Participant, Squy, Cleaning His Trilobite Collection with Dremel Tools" Uploaded By: Gary

"Wonder-Stone, a Volcanic Layer called Rhyolite which Contains Iron (the rust color), is cut into Beautiful Bookends" Uploaded By: Gary

"Collecting Beautiful "Wonderstone" in Quarry" Uploaded By: Gary

"Digging for Trilobites in Quarry" Uploaded By: Gary

"Road Scholar Participant "Bea" Excited with Her Trilobite Discovery" Uploaded By: Gary

"Judith Splitting the Wheeler Shale Deposit Layer Looking for Trilobite Bugs" Uploaded By: Gary

"550 Million Year Old "Elrathia Kingi" Species Trilobite Discovered" Uploaded By: Gary

"Tim's Dugway Geode Just Cut Open is Filled with Beautiful Drusy Quartz" Uploaded By: Gary

"Geology Professor, Emily Lamas Teaching Road Scholar Participants How Gemstones Such as Red Beryl is Formed" Uploaded By: Gary

"Geology Professor, Emily Lamas Teaches Geologic Timeline Using Roll of Paper Towels" Uploaded By: Gary

"Close-Up of Pat's Great Topaz Gemstone from Topaz Mountain" Uploaded By: Gary

"Pat Shows Her Amazing Topaz Gemstone Discovery at Topaz Mountain" Uploaded By: Gary

"Shayne Crapo, Expert Instructor and Rock Hound Guide Shows Unique Dugway Geode and Discusses How They are Formed" Uploaded By: Gary

"Jane Beckwith, Expert Instructor, Discusses Complexities of the Japanese Relocation Camp Called Topaz in Delta, Utah" Uploaded By: Gary

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6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
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