2012 Mintabie: Spent some time visiting with old friends Patsy and Dan Tucker at their camp in Mintabie and they told us we really needed to go see the new diggings at the “Old Field”. So we did. It was a HUGE operation…biggest I’d ever seen in Mintabie. The mine owner was Max Novelli whom I’d bought opals from in the past. As it turned out I ran into Max at the Tucson show the following February and bought a nice parcel of opal from this same mine. Dan Tucker also said that although mining has slowed there are still 3 opal companies working at Mintabie. And Dan had a partner (and a claim) and was still working his mine off and on. And he had just turned 80. Way to go Dan!