Hike to the Henry deLinde Avant Wavellite Mineral Lease 12/6/2006

Just a walk in the park!

I picked up Henry about 10:00 am at his home in Hot Springs and we headed to Avant.  It took about an hour to get to the Avant area.  We parked just off the road and Henry led the way for our walk in the park.  Someone forgot to clean up the trail after the 2000 ice storm.  Henry said we were going to take the easy way up by-passing the trail up the West side of Dug Hill.  Easy wasn't easy!  But we made it to the top!  Not sure my 4 wheel drive ATV could have made it.  At the top there was a good road (trail) between all the pits.  We spent a couple hours poking around and enjoyed the beautiful day before starting back down the West side of  Dug Hill.  I dropped Henry off at his home around 3:00 pm and headed home to rest my aching legs.  My history, geology, rock & minerals lesson for the day from Henry was complete.  Now, if I can just remember everything I learned.

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The level ground
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Henry leading the way.
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Starting up the HILL.
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Doesn't look that far up.
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Half way up looking down.
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Half way up looking up.
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Getting closer.
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East Dug Hill pit.
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Truck hood used as sled in pit
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Henry at Dug Hill pit.
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Trail heading East to deLinde mineral lease
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deLinde pit #1 - south side
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Pit #1
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Variscite
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Pit #1
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Pit #1
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Pit #1
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Trail to Pit #2
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Pit #2
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Trail to Pit #3
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Pit #3
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Tailing pile at Pit #3
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Proof that I was there with Henry
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More proof.
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Henry on top of  Pit #3 tailing pile
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West Dug Hill pit.
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Looking up on the way down.
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Looking down on the way down.  Going down was easier than going up!

GPS Map of the trip

Waypoint 012 06-DEC-06 11:04 N34 39.724 W93 19.967 691 ft - Beginning of old road to deLinde mineral lease
Waypoint 013 06-DEC-06 11:10 N34 40.046 W93 20.008 614 ft  - Where we parked just off the road
Waypoint 014 06-DEC-06 11:41 N34 40.000 W93 19.738 829 ft  - East Dug Hill pit
Waypoint 015 06-DEC-06 12:01 N34 40.017 W93 19.403 887 ft  - Pit #1
Waypoint 016 06-DEC-06 12:21 N34 40.040 W93 19.331 887 ft - Pit #2
Waypoint 017 06-DEC-06 12:33 N34 40.038 W93 19.239 887 ft  - Pit #3
Waypoint 018 06-DEC-06 12:51 N34 40.042 W93 19.211 910 ft   - Pit #3
Waypoint 019 06-DEC-06 13:39 N34 39.995 W93 19.851 815 ft   - West Dug Hill pit