This post was one of my anachronisms. I wrote it on August 1, 2011, and backdated it. And now I have brought it here.
After we had the road through the trees cut and graveled with limestone, we would often find bits of calcite. Most were tiny pieces but a few were as big as my thumbnail. (It’s a perfectly normal sized thumbnail.) It was always easiest to find by walking uphill, with the sun at our backs. Any little sparkle in the gravel merited investigation, and sometimes it would turn up a calcite crystal, which was nice.
After we had the cabin built and gravel spread on the parking and the fire ring area, we began to find bits of fool’s gold on the ground. The white gravel beside it is usually discolored with brown, presumably a type of rust from the pyrite. Most of it was tiny bits, hardly worth the bother of bending over to pick up. Some of it was just an edge of pyrite on a larger matrix of gravel. The better pieces are being collected on a windowsill in the cabin.
I suppose the gravel that was most recently spread was from a different part of the quarry, yielding less calcite and more pyrite. Life is exciting in that way sometimes.
Over the months I’d supposed I’d found all of the decent-sized fool’s gold to be had by our cabin. On our last visit to Roundrock, however, I turned up the nugget you see above. It is larger than my thumbnail and it’s solid pyrite. I saw only the tip of it emerging from the gravel in the parking area, and I only bent to examine it out of habit. But as I cleared away more gravel, I found that it was larger than I had thought. Once it was liberated, I rinsed it with some water and revealed the big nugget.
It makes the think there are more like it to be found. Now if only it was worth something.