Montana Agate is one of my favorite stones to work with, so when I get a chance to visit my daughter, who happens to be in Billings this year, I can’t wait to head for the Yellowstone River. ?My time was short, and after spending a hot afternoon checking out the area around Hysham, I decided to get up at 3:30am and check out a gravel pit I located.
I arrived before the sun came up, and spent a few minutes getting ready and waiting for enough daylight to be able to tell the regular river rocks from the agate. ?When it finally got light enough, I headed for the pit, checking out the piles of gravel on the side of the entrance road.
I was able to find my first piece of agate fairly quickly. ?It was a smaller fist sized piece, and stood out from the surrounding gravels.
I took two more steps and found this next one.
I continued around the edges of the pit, occasionally scooping up a rock to check it out. ?I did find one more smaller agate, but the pickings seemed to be slim. ?I needed to head back to Billings by 7:00am and by the time I had gone two thirds of the way around the edge it was already 6:20. ?I wanted to check out an area in the center of the pit that looked like it had been recently worked so I abandoned my systematic approach. ?I headed for the center of the pit and it was here that I found two of the best pieces. ?These two pieces were both bigger than the first one I found. ?They are the two in the middle in the following photo.
Close up shots of two of them.
7:00am slapped me up along side the head and I had to head for Billings ending what was a great 3 hours. ?I would really like to explore this area more, so maybe another trip out this way will be in my future.
Thanks for joining me.