Scouting Trip, October 23, 2014
This was the first trip for our newly established Scouting Committee. We chose the area of Kramer Junction to explore.
It took us about 2 ½ hours to get there, but we were not disappointed. The area is vast, and there seems to be an endless amount of opalite in a wide range of colors, and red and yellow moss, much of it showing inclusions of fossilized stems and roots.
The Committee has determined that this would be an excellent place for the Shadow Mountain Gem and Mineral Society to schedule a field trip very soon.
Submitted by: Barbara Catlin
The passing of Richard Catlin 5/19/2014
As I write this I am very saddened to have to report the passing of Richard Catlin. We have all lost a very loved member of the club. Richard has been a member for more than 40 years. He has held many positions. Board member, news letter editor, trip leader and joke teller, sometimes telling a joke more than once but always getting a laugh. In all the years I have known him, I never heard him ever say anything bad about anyone. He was a kind and gentle soul, loved by all.
A few days ago when I spoke to Barbara, who is being very strong at this time, she told me she had a talk with Richard after his passing and told him she was mad at him for leaving before her. She explained she married him because he was younger and she wanted to go first! Well Richard i’m mad at you too.
We will all miss you and your sense of humor, jokes and words of wisdom. so i will close with these words.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good!
May god put you in charge of joke telling and if you are on the board of directors in heaven, save me a seat.
A celebration of life gathering is going to be on June 17th, Richards birthday, at Dar and Marge's house, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Any questions please call me at 760-219-4388.
President, Shadow Mountain Gem & Mineral Society.
Another beautiful Saturday for a rockhounding field trip. This time we headed for the mountains, the weather is getting warm on the desert valley floor. Our last trip before our summer vacation and the destination is Wrightwood, Ca.
We went looking for Serpentine, the state rock and my favorite, Actinolite. First stop as always was Jensen's Market for goodies and a adventure pass. That taken care of, we drove up the winding road to where the Serpentine busts out of the mountain side. Easy pickens, we found what we came for and the view was just spectacular. Next, back down to the creek bed for Actinolite. It takes a bit to adjust your eyesight to spot this mineral among all the other rocks, but once you do, they jump out at you. I don't believe anyone left empty handed and everyone left happy.
On the way home, we stopped to see our good friends at the open house party held in their NEW clubhouse for the San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society. A wonderful hotdog lunch with all the fixings and chili too!
This was a three society outing with the Hi-Desert Rockhounds joining the Shadow Mountain G&M Society while visiting the San Gorgonio Mineral & Gem Society.
Linda Layman and
Twelve of us left the T/A in Coachella in 3 vehicles. A short way down Hwy 86 South, Darlene radioed us to pull over; her Jeep was giving her trouble. Darlene decided to park the Jeep and deal with it on the return trip. So now we had twelve people in TWO vehicles! A little crowded, but still legal.
Everything went well for the rest of the way to the collecting sites.
The State Park Service has now limited us to designated routes in the Eastern area of this Park. We were able to stop in two locations and collect sufficient material without having to walk too many miles. Thankfully the weather was beautiful so no one got overheated.
The Desert Lillies and other wildflowers were blooming, which was a lovely added benefit to our trip!
Now for the bad news! We stopped at Darlene’s Jeep on the way home, only to discover that some not nice person or persons had stolen the battery and had taken some other items of value. We all waited while Darlene telephoned for a tow truck. Darlene and Marge assured us that the tow truck would arrive shortly, and that we should proceed without them, which we did. It was an unhappy conclusion to an otherwise lovely trip!
After we had been home for a while, we telephoned Darlene, and I am happy to report that she and Marge and the Jeep all arrived at the mechanic’s location, and home safely.
Photo credit to Linda Layman.
CHRISTMAS PARTY – DECEMBER 7, 2013
We met at noon at The Home Town Buffet in Palm Desert, each bringing a nice rock or hobby related gift for the gift exchange. After we had all eaten more than we should have, I suspect, the gifts were delivered! That was when the fun began, trying to figure out who gave which gift, so they could be properly thanked. What a delightful time of sharing!
Outside, it was a cool, cloudy, rainy day. But inside, with our group of 29, there was a lot of warmth and love!
Submitted by Barbara Catlin
Field Trip Report – December 14, 2013
Red Hill at Salton Sea, and the Bertram Mine
A beautiful clear day with a bit of a breeze! We gathered and cleaned lots of Pumice at the Red Hill, and even found some pretty good Obsidian.
There were no mishaps traveling to Bertram Siding on the Union Pacific Railroad, and taking Range Road toward the Bertram Mine for the wonderful, elusive Glauberites.
I guess they are not so elusive, if you find the right spot to dig. Note the photo of Lance and Paula Gillespie with the monster glauberite dug by Paula!
We all got pretty dusty here with the earth being very dry and the breeze blowing the dirt back in our faces as we were digging! None the less, it was lots of fun, and very exciting to find a pretty glauberite.
It’s not a complete trip without a stop for refreshments, which most of us did, at the T/A restaurant in Coachella, called “The Fork in the Road.” A very satisfying end for another satisfying field trip.
Submitted by Barbara Catlin
15 SMGMS members plus 2 guests, and 4 members from the Pasadena Lapidary Society made up our complement of 21 eager rockhounders traveling in seven 4 X 4 vehicles. Although the trail was a bit rough from September rains, it was carefully and successfully navigated and led by Richard and Barbara Catlin.
4 different areas were chosen for collecting chalcedony. They all offered an abundance of material from the smallest desert roses to the larger pieces with characteristic streaks of iron and lighter material that could be used for slabbing and cabochon making.
This was a very successful trip and one of our longer ventures. From the T & A departure point on I-10 to the collecting area and back, the distance was measured to be exactly 251 miles, well worth the time and distance.
Submitted by: Mac Jones
Actually, there were 8 vehicles!