Awesome Sterling Hill Super Dig for Fluorescent Minerals – April 23, 2016

Going to the Sterling Hill Super Dig was #1 on my bucket list and having gone last year, it was awesome. With more limited mobility due to auto accident herniated discs, I wasn’t sure what to expect so this will give you some idea.

First, it has a nicely paved parking area with gift shop with a small casual food area with restrooms. So you will not have to bring food with you.

Second, you go down about 10 steps and there is a tent where you meet. You go about another 15 feet and there is a wide path area that has small boulders (3” to 18”) on both sides that  you can take into a nearby shed to see if they are fluorescent and if you want to keep them. You pay by the pound which is $1.50 per pound in 2016. So, even with limited mobility, you probably will be able to do this.

Third, they have a number of tours, and I went on four of them- the Trotter Tunnel (a walk but not hard), the Upper Mine and Mill Tour (have to walk up a hill and there are lots of steps in the Mill), the Tour of the Mine at night when you go through a tunnel and they have fluorescent lights which offer a spectacular color spectrum (you definitely want to do this and it is not strenuous) and the Fluorescent Wall on the side of a quarry.

Fourth, you can walk about ½ mile and go to the quarry area and pound away on rocks there. For the basic red and green, the piles near the entrance are better. You might find something different in the quarry.

Fifth, they have in early evening an area they put a tarp over and they unveil it, and it is fresh stuff that has not been looked over before. Definitely go to this as you can get great stuff.

Also they have great protective glasses under the tent for a very reasonable price. And, last year, I won  the grand prize, a fantastic battery operated fluorescent lamp worth $300 from Way Too Cool at W, 12 V). Phone – 602-547-2234. I was thrilled.

You need to register ahead of time because they only allow 200 people in and as of April 5, they have 131 people signed up. It is $20 – what a bargain for an amazing day!  You will need a hard hat, flash light and fluorescent light if you go out at night (otherwise you can use shed they have).To register and learn more.  Online registration closes April 19, and call and if there is room you can register there for $25.

I stayed at the Days In Budd Lake which was $67 and with tax $77.75 which was an ok place to stay that was affordable and relatively near 30 Plant Street in Ogdensburg, NJ where the Sterling Hill Mine is.

Jan Barton


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