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posted Nov 8, 2010, 10:28 AM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety   [ updated Nov 8, 2010, 10:41 AM ]

     We met our guests, Mark Nelson and Carolyn Duncan of the Pasadena Lapidary Society, at Lavic Siding. Then we quickly collected much colorful jasper for our Educational Rock Sample Bags for the Date Festival.

      After duty was done, WE WENT EXPLORING!! The goal was to reach the thulite collecting area from the National Trails Highway (Route 66) and research an old chalcedony collecting area.  We turned in a northerly direction off of Route 66 somewhere near Klondike Siding and crossed under the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad tracks.  We followed the tracks for a while, then crossed under them again and found ourselves following trails up some rocky washes. We took some time to search the area for chalcedony. Mac Jones found a good sized piece, and other small pieces were found. The area seems to be pretty well picked over.  Mark Nelson had spotted an old graded road, so with our fearless Field Trip Chairperson, Darlene Bjork, directing traffic through the sand and rocks, we managed to all get turned around in this very narrow wash and on to the graded road, headed west. With the help of Mark’s GPS and good map, we were able to find a connecting road which took us north to a gas pipe line road.  From there it was only a short distance to the East to the thulite area with plenty of the pink and green material waiting for us!

     We did not want to go back to Route 66 the same way we came.  There has to be a better way!  Maybe someday we’ll find it!  Fortunately, Mac Jones was able to lead us to Interstate 40 and east to the Kel-Baker Road and back to Amboy! From there to 29 Palms, and back to our meeting place in North Palm Springs (after dark) completed our big adventure.

      Reported by Barbara Catlin