Leon Golden & Kris King
Saturday, 14 July 2007 13:48 | Pennsylvania
Hello, We were at the Royal Peacock from June 17-23, 2007. We drove 2600 Miles from Pennsylvania, to dig for the worlds finest black opals.I was here last when i was only 18 years old, Now i am 47. and We had THE BEST TIME Ever at your Mine! The Folks who run/own this Mine are the Best people you would like to meet. Thank you Again Harry & Joy! The Owners were nothing but help our entire trip. We decided for Me & my Son-in-Law to dig in the Banks. And did we ever dig. We dug in the same area for all 6 days that we were there. And we found So Much Black Opal. It was all over our area of the Wall where we were digging at. I can honestly Say that we were the ONLY 2 People that i know of that dug So Much Material out of the Wall, that they Had to close down that part of the Mine. We found Limbs, Stems, Twigs, & Branchs of Solid Black Opal with Fire! We left there with "2" 5 gallon buckets full of Opals w/Matrix, along with 2 more 1 gallon buckets filled with some opal we had all ready cleaned up.The Very 1st day, we found enough Black Opal with Fire to Pay for 1/2 our entire trip. Needless to say, we ended up paying for the Trip several times over after what we found the rest of the week. We found So much Opal, that we had to give Away our food, so that we could fit everything back into our 06 Saturn Ion Red Line 2dr sports car for the drive home.Now, after cleaning up the "2" 5 gallon buckets of opal that we brought home with us, we have Again found So much more Opal, then we actually thought that we had. Some piece's showed small 1/4" black glass windows, and after cleaning away the Clay, those Small 1/4" windows turned into piece's as big as a Mans thumb.The Mine Manager "MIKE" was a Great Help in the correct why to Dig in the lower part of the wall. He helped show us the Right way to find Opals, and how to dig them out without breaking them. He's also a great person to just hangout with. He's very smart when it comes to Gemstones & Fossils! We had some great chats.We stayed in 1 of their available Cabins, and that too was enjoyable. I would Recommend this to anyone that has to Drive several thousand miles to get there. They are Right on the Travel Channel when they say that "with some hard work, and a lot of luck, you could walk Away $40,000 - $50,000 richer", and that is Exactly what we Did.I can Not wait to go back Next Year and dig again. This time we are going back to dig for 2 weeks instead of the 1 week we did this year. Take Care, Leon & Kris "Pennsylvania Boys"
Saturday, 14 July 2007 03:30 | we just moved to bullhead city az
i have copd and carry oxygen but i can get around pretty good. i just started to get interested in gems and rocks. i was told about a agate mine in oatman. i will try that first.but it must coll off a little first. it has been over 100 many times.i am new to this and the wife said she would tag along. i have a motorhome and i can dolly my jeep if i need to. plus i need some help in finding a used or nes lap machine to make the gems look good. i have and lot of women in my family. thanks for any help and God Bless. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 29 June 2007 02:15 | Reno, NV
June 23. 4 of us spent the day digging in the bank. Two people found very little, a third found a few pieces and I found the most. After the dirt was cleaned off I probably had 1 1/2 cups of rough opals....some black and some brown color. The largest was about 3" x 2". We've currently got them in water. We'll be meeting with a local business owner soon who, we hope, will tell us what we have, how to take care of them, what the value is, can they be turned into jewelry, etc. Here's a few tips for people planning the trip...The mine is not within walking distance of the campground. If you arrive in an RV you'll need other transportation to the mine. There is just one unisex bathroom and shower. Late afternoon was very windy and dusty. The people who were tent camping probably wished they had something sturdier. The campground is several miles off the main paved road. Easily traveled but very washboarded (bumpy). Mining is hard work especially if you plan on mining the entire day. We brought a lot of tools but ended up using a hammer and screwdriver the most. A small shovel is helpful and a pick axe also. The bank is up to 8ft. tall in some places. If you undercut the bank too much you'll need a pick axe to take the upper stuff down before you can continue digging in your spot. (or the top of the bank could collapse on you). Overall a fun experience!
Thursday, 28 June 2007 03:55 | Toledo, OH
In Reno for cancer treatment, and was told by a nice lady in the gift shop I could find a black opal "small" necklace for $40 so am going to drive up Sat. June 30. A 600 mile one day trip. Hope I'm not disappointed.
Monday, 25 June 2007 02:10 | Texas
Hi! We visited the Royal Peacock Mine on June 21, 2007. Had a great time! Your mine manager, Mike, was very helpful and eager to make our mining dig a success! My 3 teenage boys, whom I thought would be "bored" had a great time digging, and want to go back again sometime. After the dig was over, going back to the campground was a blast! Everyone was so excited showing off their finds. One group found a nice chunk of Black Opal. Being greenhorns, we weren't sure that what we found were opals. All the "seasoned" hunters helped us sort our bounty, and we discovered that we had a very successful day!! The night time brought howls of coyote and singing bullfrogs. We broke out the telescope to see the most beautiful night time sky, with no city light clutter. It was such a wonderful, positive experience, we will be back!! (and stay longer!!) The Jaggi Family
Kate and Tony Marler
Tuesday, 19 June 2007 15:01 | Equality, Illinois
We are coming out to Boise Idaho to visit family and thought we might venture down and do some exploring with you and your family. My husband Tony has been an undeground coalminer for 26 years and I thought it would be an experience for him. I would like to make a reservation with you and Joy . We will be in the area from 26 of June till 7 of July. I will call soon. The show we saw was excellant. See you soon. Kate Hinson-Marler
Tuesday, 19 June 2007 09:41 | ohio
we were at the mine june 1st and was a lifetime experiance for us. hard work, but was able to find small opals. mike and everyone was very helpfull, as we were not experianced, but managed to do ok. great excitment when someone found a large opal. thanks again and would love to visit again. nick!
Tuesday, 05 June 2007 05:31 | Stockton, Ca.
My visit to the mine was an incredible experience. So much information about Opals that I was over whelm. I want to thank all of the Wilson family for thier hospitality while we where there video tapping our documentary. I want to thank them also for allowing 3 Eyed Fish Productions to video tape the mine.......Micheal Brow
Sunday, 20 May 2007 15:00 | Elko
Brother, 2 cousins and myself. We were planning on doing some 'hunting' at your property. The TV program that we watched stated your daily rate per person was $70.00. Since we are all retired and on fixed incomes, your new rate of $145 has a significant impact on us. With fuel costs and other necessary expenses to bring everything we'll need ... it is fast becoming a 'might have been nice' idea.
James & Meralee
Friday, 18 May 2007 15:23 | Reno, NV
Took the drive up, stayed the night at Denio Junction and spent the day at the mine. Had a great time. Everyone was very hospitable from the stay at Denio Junction to talking to Joy at the mine. Able to find (1) really nice piece and lots of smaller opals. Would return for a longer stay next time!!!