One day we went to Crystal Hill to search for...ready?...Crystals!
The turnoff to the site is seven miles down the highway from camp. You then turn east onto a dirt road and drive in another six and half miles. That part takes 45 minutes to drive. It's slow going.
I had been there before a couple years back. I hiked over to the base of the hill and walked the wash. In no time at all I found the fourth stone in the top row. "Wow! This is going to be easy!"
I never saw another stone the entire day.
On this trip I found the other three in the top row and was pleased. I then hiked over to an area where someone had been digging (you cannot dig or use any tools in looking for crystals on this public land, a Wildlife Reserve) which I remembered from the previous visit. Sparkling in the sun was what looked like broken glass. I sat down and discovered the true nature of these crystals (all of the rest below that top row). I hadn't been looking for such small rocks before. All those long slender pieces are clear. The second row are somewhat milky clear. I guess they need a few more million years to ripen. The upper right rock was interesting in that the quartz piece is still embedded in the matrix.
I don't know what to do with them now that I have them.