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Ellie
 #1 
Hi All.

I am currently mining in CO. I plan to head back east around the middle of September. So far the season here has been cold and rainy. I plan to take 80 and as my season here did not go so well I am hoping to mine my way back east so I return home with some rocks. I mine both Gems and gold. Here we mine Aquamarine on Mount White, Stone Cellar 2, Crystalsforkids.org. Anyone with children can bring their children to dig for free. Adults do a split. I have screened for Sunstone in Oregon in the Rabbit Basin, Spectrum Sunstone Mine, a very beautiful place with a free pit. I have mined for Gold in California, and Georgia, using a dredge both electric and hand and a homemade sleuce. As a kid I went mining with my Dad and I developed a love for both rocks and shells from my father's vast collections. I continue to add to his collections and hope to someday open a museum. I did however promise to bring home stones and I am trying to fulfill that promise and have some fun on my way back home for the winter. I am no stranger to camping, climbing, hard work, etc. Please let me know if you know of any good places to go mining along my route in the states I will be in or nearby. I am interested in both public and fee mines. I prefer free as I have been going over budget this season. I am planning on putting together a video compilation of my trip home and planning a book about my experiences as a miner.

Mike Streeter
 #2 
Ellie,

I suggest that you peruse the field trip reports pages on McRocks.com at http://www.mcrocks.com/page18.html to get ideas about places to collect in many of the states on your list.  With this information, you may be able to ask more specific questions that would be easier to answer.

Good luck,

Mike
Bob Harman
 #3 
ELLIE,      I will bring you up to date with INDIANA so you can make an September 2017 informed decision whether to consider to stop and collect here.

Unless you are a club member and there is a field trip scheduled, there most probably will be NO quarries open to your collecting as you pass thru on your way home.
The Monroe and Washington County road cuts mentioned in MIKE's reply will not be productive. Coincidentally, I was to both cuts just this past week. We are in a mini drought here.....very dry......I found nothing. Nothing is even loose or worth trying to collect as the cuts were previously collected a bit thru the summer. 
The creeks are very low so those may be rewarding, but poison ivy and mosquitos abound so dress appropriately with bug repellant. I can't give precise locations as stretches are on private property. I do not collect in creek beds.  See other McRocks threads for specific locations. 
 Lake levels are also low. If you follow property lines, Monroe Lake might be rewarding (see other McRocks threads on this locality). Collecting is only allowed in Army Corps of Engineers shorelines. It is not allowed in the Indiana state parks areas and stretches of shoreline controlled by the state of Indiana.
Hope this helps.   BOB
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