Adam and Teresa’s Honeymoon
Our adventure started Sunday morning the day after the wedding. Teresa and I where off on a Rockhound’s Dream Honeymoon! This was perfect because we both share the same passion for hunting Agates. The day started early at 3:00 am when we started the first leg of our adventure.
We arrived at the ranch mid morning and as you might guess, we went out hunting before we even unloaded our supplies into our cabin. That afternoon we found a couple plume agates and returned to the cabin before sunset.
The next day we started out on what would be one of our best days collecting Agates in West Texas. Trey Woodward took us to Needle peak, not only was it a breathtaking area, there where many agates to be collected. I found one large psudomorph of agate after aragonite, and what a beauty it is. It will proudly displayed it in my Museum.
This day we also found some of the Agates this area is famous for POM-POM agates. Green moss agate with yellow sagenite bursts. This was a well worthwhile trip but requires a lot of hiking up hill.
The next morning we hunted around the Ranch and headed into town so we could get dinner and get cell phone coverage. We went to a wonderful place called Texas Fusion and had a great take out of good home cooking.
Upon arriving at the cabin, we were greeted by a large Texas long horn bull standing on the porch with his herd milling around him. Adam honked his horn and the bull just stood his ground. We didn’t want to provoke him because long horns are known to be aggressive..
We decided to drive a little ways up the hill and tailgate our dinner. Just as we got our food out, a large Angus bull came up thinking we were going to share. Adam started to grab up the food and told me to get in the truck. Just about that time, the bull stuck his head up to the back window and our little dogs went off. In the commotion the long horn got off the porch so we decided to eat in the cabin.
While we were in town, we called our next guide Terri Smith and made arrangements for the rest of our stay in Alpine. Terri and her husband own a great hotel in town. I highly recommend any Rockhound going to the area to stay at the Antelope Inn. Not only does it have cute little cabins with all the amenities including kitchenettes, but also Terri has a rock museum in the office/lobby. Terri turned out to be a wonderful field guide.
After checking in to our rooms she took us to the Singleton Ranch to collect Bouquet Plumes in Marfa. She told us before going out that she had scoped it out and she thought we could find nice material. I must say that was the understatement of the year.
When we got to the collecting site she had directed us to, we couldn’t take a step without landing on an agate! We were likes kids in a candy shop. Then she told us to enjoy ourselves and she would meet us back at the car just before dark. Now that is a woman after our own hearts. Not only does she take us to an agate wonderland, she was ready to spend as much time there as we could. We couldn’t believe our luck.
Terri had arranged for us to pay a flat fee to the owner of the ranch and we could get as much agates as we wanted. Boy did our packs git heavy! The next day Terri offered to take us down to her collecting area at Needle Peak and after getting the great sagenites with Trey, we not only jumped at the chance, we begged. Terri’s area was just as good as the Woodward’s but her area had many different kinds of material. We found sagenite, petrified wood, and a nice form of cathedral agate as well as fossils. We were in heaven. Rockhound Heaven.
If you plan to go to Alpine please get in contact with here at the Antelope Inn (432) 837-2451 and is located at 2310 W. Highway 90, Alpine, TX 79830. Just leave a message and she will call you back. Our only regret was we couldn’t stay with her longer.
While we were in Texas, we seemed to turn rockhound into a sport. We must of hiked miles with full packs going up and down hills and eating like muscle builders (lots of protein). That was the best time we ever had!
After five days in West Texas it was time to say good-bye and off we went to Carlsbad New Mexico. We arrived late in the day but Terri gave us the name and phone number of a fellow rockhound who sells rocks out of his house. We got a hold of him and he had just gotten back from metal detecting for meteorites, but invited us to come over and take a look. He had great rocks of all kinds.
We got some agates from him and made friends. Always can use more friends. We took our rocks back to the hotel and fell into our beds dead tired.
The next morning we were up early and took the tour of Carlsbad Caverns. Teresa’s Mom felt is was the most normal part of the trip. We both took our time in the caverns as we discussed the geology of the Guadeloupe Mountains.
The Caverns always takes your breath away with the size and the formation. I think every Rockhound needs to visit at least once.
When we got back to the hotel Adam decided that he couldn’t wait to get home and grade our rocks! We were going to go rockhounding in Deming, but our 4X4 lifted truck didn’t have much clearance over the tires and we had a long drive home. We decided not to stop and drove all the way back, getting home 2 days early. We turned off the phones and began grading our West Texas agate treasures. We will make Deming another time.