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    Question Mining with kids..Help

    I am looking for places that we can take the kids that is mining friendly. My girls are rockhounds and can sit and smash them with a hammer for hours. I did find one place, Mt Apitite in Auburn, that actually encourages you to bring hammers and goggles and things to collect rocks and crystals. All the other places I've found are stste parks and you are not supposed to remove anything from them. Anyone have and secret place you know of. Even a small fee would be ok. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuddsGirls View Post
    I am looking for places that we can take the kids that is mining friendly. My girls are rockhounds and can sit and smash them with a hammer for hours. I did find one place, Mt Apitite in Auburn, that actually encourages you to bring hammers and goggles and things to collect rocks and crystals. All the other places I've found are stste parks and you are not supposed to remove anything from them. Anyone have and secret place you know of. Even a small fee would be ok. Thanks
    Ye Old Prospector would know where - but he probably won't reveal his own secret places! LOL!

    And this article by Wendy Almeida - who has done several articles on geocaching - should give you some pointers.

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    If you're ever up towards buckport you should stop at the "crack a geode" place, it's right after the big bridge. I don't think there's any mining, I think it's more of a, you buy a rock, you smash the rock, you take smashed rock home, kind of operation.
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    Since most mines are privately owned there are not a lot of other options (besides the Maine Mineral Park you mentioned).

    There are several mineral clubs in maine that travel to various mines. If you pay a small fee you can "join the club" on their field trips. The cost of joining is about the same as most "tourist mining sites "charge for one visit.

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    When I was a kid I remember a counselor at Camp Hersey Retreat in Stockton smashing rocks and finding beautiful purple crystals. It is a fond childhood memory. There is a public beach in Stockton which runs to the point and there is also remanents of an old wharf and a cache location. Maybe that would be a site to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    Ye Old Prospector would know where - but he probably won't reveal his own secret places! LOL!

    And this article by Wendy Almeida - who has done several articles on geocaching - should give you some pointers.
    My google searching came up with this article, that's where I got the info I did. Thanks though. YOP huh? Haven't heard from him lately....
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuddsGirls View Post
    My google searching came up with this article, that's where I got the info I did. Thanks though. YOP huh? Haven't heard from him lately....
    I've noticed that YOP has been lurking here occasionally, so he may speak up! LOL!

    But I know that several mines allow the public in for a fee, as I have friends who have done it. But I don't remember the name of the mine or the town, and they don't seem to be home today.

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    What's the name of that cache of Kacky's that is located near that Garnet mine? I broke a few rocks in that one myself when I was there caching.
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    Deb,

    Go to the Highlands here in Topsham. If you turn right at the golf club house and drive in the direction of the CREA (Cathance River Education Alliance) you drive right by the old quarries and if you go on the weekend or after work hours there are no construction equipment moving around. They have been doing some new blasting in there and have exposed bunches of new rocks. There have been lots of people in there picking them over so you may have to fight for a spot.

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    Ham and Weeks Mine GC79A8 It's on a back road in New Hampshire. Not far...but it's a cool place to venture and break a few rocks. There were two people there the day I found the cache.

    Hope this helps.
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