My daughter and family were
visiting a few weeks ago and
we visited Mont Lyall Agate Mine,
in the Chic-Choc Mountains of the Gaspé.
An ancient volcano,
with an open pit mine.
We were supplied with tools to
pick for geodes, thundereggs etc.
Rock that have formed millions
of years ago.
I knew nothing about rocks
and search the internet
for some information to do this blog.
A geode is a rock with a hollow in it,
often with crystal formation/growth,
may contain agates, amethyst, quarts,
kaolin clay etc.
Thundereggs (thunder eggs)
similar to geode, formed
with volcanic ash layers.
A 2 hr. drive from home on Route 299,
through Parc de la Gaspésie,
along the beautiful Cascapédia River,
to the Murdockville exit, then on a
bumpy gravel road to the site.
After a quick introductory course on what we can find,
with picks in hand and a bucket to fill,
we started on our prospecting expedition,
and walked a short distance to the mountain.
It's easier to wheel the bucket up than
bringing it down, if filled, with 50lbs of rocks.
Annie and Suzanne
My sister and daughter.
I tried to identify some rocks.
Suzanne checking out the rocks.
We can have them cut open on site for a fee.
We can bring all the rocks in the bucket home.
A bucket of rocks weight around 50 pounds,
"One Group At A Time"
They were respecting Covid rules.
We wore masks in this area.
The rock-cutting guy gives advice
on which rocks may contain something inside.
Bilingual and friendly service.
My favourite, quarts and brown calcite
Suzanne got this one cut.
White agate with
and this one
A lot of different minerals in this rock.
A guide named 14 minerals in this rock.
I brought these home to display in my flower garden.
a gift from the rock-cutting guy.
We forgot to bring a bag or bucket to put the rocks in.
Whether you know anything about rocks,
or not, the scenery and being out in nature,
especially on an ancient 300 million year volcano,
is an exciting and amazing experience.
A difference experience and we came
home with some beautiful rocks.
A great place to spend time with family,
especially children, and enjoy the
beautiful nature around us.
Thanks for visiting my blog 💗