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Who Says Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend---Australia in Mintabie


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mintabie is a small settlement of about 200 to 250 people. It is known for its Opal mining.
Our group of trekkers had an absolute ball there. Well sort of. Finding the opals was fun. but it was a hot dusty place sitting out in the desert





We were there for a whole week and our eyes were filled with the joy of finding opals. Who would find the first one? Was it worth the trouble----well, you bet it was. My throat still fills parched from being there but I got what I went for and met some awesome towns people.

There was Ann's friend Opal, what a coincidence that she was named opal, LOL She owned the mine that we went noodling at. She loaned us the picks and all the tools we needed. The first two days we went out we didn't find anything but on that third day we hit pay dirt!





We were so excited. Joanie couldn't stop squealing and Moon was so happy she couldn't sit still. Ann just look at us and shook her head. She warned us that just like there is fools gold, there is also something like that in opals.

We took our precious finds to Opal and had her check them out. We did find some that would be valuable, if not to others at least to us. She polished them for us and put them in settings for a fare wage.

I ended up with a very nice pendent with earrings and a ring to match







After all the work was done we enjoyed a splash in the lake, The sunsets there were awesome and the last night we were there a storm was brewing.



Only in the land od OZ could we do all of this and find so much inner peace. I hope that you will all join us on our next virtual trip. Who know where Ann will take us, It is hard to imagine that we have traveled so far and done so much!
And we still have so much more to see
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/25/2013 6:49PM

    I love opals!!

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IOWAGRAMMA 6/23/2013 9:27AM

    Opals really are beautiful stones! Thanks, Gail!!! Love, Jeannie

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NANCYPAT1 6/23/2013 12:46AM

    Love your blogs - thanks.

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JOANOFSPARK 6/22/2013 11:05PM

    loved your blog.....even if you did have me squealing like a pig.....but then again, I have been doing just that a few times over.....LOL!! and who could help but busting out in laughter and and sccreaming for joy when we were surrounded by such great friends as well as meeting lots of new ones......you really captured the essence of the time in Mintabie....we did have fun but we also made some incredible new friends.....and we also found out that people are people the world over, no matter where they are .....:) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARATAMARA 6/22/2013 10:53PM

    Thank you for sharing your adventure.
Beautiful opals, and photos.

Blessings emoticon
mara

Lord's blessing on your night

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THOMS1 6/22/2013 10:41PM

    emoticon Love opals!

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EMMABE1 6/22/2013 9:45PM

    Good blog - Mintabie was fun and a much needed break from all the travel we had been doing and the experiences we had had before that. Many more miles to go and experiences to be had though!!
Opal made a good job of that jewellery!!

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LJCANNON 6/22/2013 9:38PM

    emoticon I love your Jewellery!! We had so much fun - Not just noodling and finding the Opals, but all that we learned from the Local People and the Tour Guides!

emoticon The best part -- Well, actually, just One of MANY "Best" Parts -- is all the Friends that we have made on this Trek!!

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TXGRANDMA 6/22/2013 9:22PM

    Very pretty!

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NPA4LOSS 6/22/2013 8:27PM

    Beautiful!

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DMEYER4 6/22/2013 8:01PM

  love your jewelry . Opal is one of my favorite gems. your pictures are beautiful. thanks for sharing

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