Great write-up, as others have said. I've been close to many of the places you described, so I was especially glad to see the pics and write-up of the Fish Springs area. I've been both gem hunting and fossil hunting in the same general area.
The next time you pass through Delta, UT, there's a great, sobering, museum there dedicated to the Topaz Mountain internment camp.
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.