Rock hound gathering and field trips planned during Yippee! weekend


    Rock hounds participating in area field trips and hunts over Terry Yippee weekend are anticipating a good turnout. 

    Reporting to rock hound enthusiasts, organizer Doug True noted all 34 spaces at local rv parks are full, as well as the the 48 hotel and motel rooms for the weekend. 

     Three days of field trips are planned, including three trips per day to the Yellowstone River for 3 days and two trips to hunt cretaceous sea fossils.

       Field trips will be staggered with 4-5 hours collecting each day. All of the trips will be on a first come first serve basis. Signups will begin Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday morning, July 24.

        Anticipated high temperatures are noted, so those participating in the rock hunts are asked to dress appropriately and keep needed supplies on hand. Rock hounds will be collecting on dry river gravels, sagebrush areas and could encounter rattlesnakes, ticks and expect cactuses in locations excepting the river shore. Hunters are asked to wear long pants, hats, good shoes and keep sun block and lots of water on hand.

      Sunday will be a an open day, a time for a buy-sell-or trade day in the park, a good time to see if any of the locals will bring out some of there Montana Agates. There will be a kids hunt at the river Sunday morning. Kids will hunt the gravel for specially marked agates. 

        For more information on the rock hunts or to register please contact Doug True at dtruefossils12@yahoo.com or call the Kempton Hotel at 635-5543.

Published July 23, 2014

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