This last weekend I took a quick little road trip out to Delta, UT. This is one area of the state that I haven’t explored at all but it’s long been on my list of destinations to visit. It was a short trip. I was only in the area for about 24 hours before heading onto the next part of my adventure. I had just enough time to explore the area a bit and make up my mind that I really want to plan a second trip out there with the offspring in the fall.
My first stop was Topaz Mountain.
Luckily, a couple of my awesome cousins have visited Topaz Mountain before and met me out there. They knew the right places to search for stones and what places to avoid. Since I’m not the best planner and hadn’t done much research, their expertise definitely saved me a lot of time. With their help, I found quite a few pieces of topaz, a couple of geodes, and one garnet.
In the heat of the day when the temps hit ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE DEGREES we decided to take a break, get in our air-conditioned cars and head into Delta for a few supplies. On the way, we stopped by the Topaz Internment Camp and the Delta Solar Ruins.
The Topaz Internment Camp is sixteen miles west of Delta. Only a few concrete blocks and rusted metal stand where at one time over 8,000 Japanese-American citizens were held against their will during WWII.
It was a solemn place. As a desert-dweller, I found it quite beautiful and serene. However, it’s a harsh land and my heart broke for the men, women, and children who were forced out of their homes, mostly in the Bay area of California, and transported here to live for years.
This is such an important piece of Utah and U.S. history that should not be forgotten.
A few miles away stand the Delta Solar Ruins.
The harsh desert elements caused the massive failure of this experimental solar energy collection endeavor. Strong winds and intense desert heat quickly took it’s toll on the plastic and metal and now it’s not much more than a graveyard of abandoned equipment.
I decided to tweak my plan a bit and stay the night in the desert with my family. Since most folks tend to avoid the desert in the middle of summer, we had the area to ourselves and found a beautiful little spot to camp in. We spent the evening enjoying the warm desert air, searching for more stones, and visiting. I woke up the next morning, packed up, and headed onto my next destination.