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Pebble Terrace and Chuckwalla Bench, Dec.4,2012

posted Dec 7, 2012, 1:15 PM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 1:18 PM ]
Colorado River Pebble Terrace and The Chuckwalla Bench Field Trip 12-04-12  

Our original plan was changed because we were advised that due to summer storms, we could not access the pebble terrace area west of Palo Verde.  What to do?  We needed fossils for our Date Festival Educational Sample Bags!!  Fortunately, I remembered an area close to Blythe and close to the freeway where we could find fossils and other material the same as we find west of Palo Verde.  The only problem is that it is a rather small area and it would not take much time to cover it.  We needed another easy to access area to spend the rest of our time, so I chose the Chuckwalla Bench area.

     We had a small group leaving the Coachella T/A truck stop.  There were   five of us in one vehicle: Richard, Barbara, Hubert, Stephanie, and Cristina,  and in the little blue jeep were Darlene and Marge. They led the way as far as the Valero gas station at Mesa Drive, north of the 10 Freeway. Our guest from Phoenix, Paul Steinke was waiting for us in his bright blue Toyota pickup.  And so there were eight!!
     It was before 9:00 AM when we arrived at the pebble terrace area.  The weather was marvelous!  The fossils were plentiful, and soon we found enough of them for our Sample Bags.  We found some lovely cutting material:  agates, jaspers, and petrified wood!   We left there happy and moved west on the 10 Freeway to the Ford Dry Lake over crossing and on to the Chuckwalla Bench area for chalcedony nodules.  Some good sized blue ones were found, and a great many marble size ones that tumble beautifully!

     Sadly, one of our members had to be home by 4:00 PM to attend a funeral, so the party broke up at 2:00 PM.  Five of us drove straight home, without ice cream!  
     There were several people who signed up for this trip. Some “forgot” it.
Others just failed to call and cancel.  Too bad for them! It really was their loss! Even without the ice cream, it was a wonderful field trip!

Submitted by Barbara Catlin