I wanted to stop at the Blackfoot River site I visited last month, but our time was limited. We needed to be in Great Falls by early evening. We arrived at the Blackfoot River site at about 3:00pm and still had 1 1/2 hours to go to get to Great Falls. That only left me 20 minutes to search the gravel bars.
I jumped out of the car and headed to the river, not even taking the time to get a bag or rock hammer. It took me five minutes to get down to the gravel bar, and since it would take me that long to get back, I only had ten minutes on the gravel.
I started along the steep bank and worked my way around the bend to this large gravel bar.
This gravel produced the first true agate that I found. It was about the size of a baseball, and was half buried in the sand and gravel. I scooped it up, washed it off, and then remembered to snap a picture of it.
My time was fast running out, so I made a quick search on the rest of the gravel bar, and then headed back. I cut through the weeds, discovering more gravel to check out. I located some small jaspers in this gravel, and still was able to make it back to the car within 20 minutes.
Here is a picture of the pieces I found in the 10 minutes I had.
I didn’t get to spend the time at this site that I would have liked, but it was enjoyable.
Thanks for joining me.