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Rockhounds!  Please join us on our next field trip!

Our club organizes many field trips each year and along with other area clubs, hosts coalition field trips.  We visit local collecting sites, museums, mines, and much more.   All members are welcome to join us on any scheduled field trips.  Field trips are advertised on our club web site, and sign-up sheets are available at monthly general membership meetings.

Any member attending a field trip must sign a liability waiver.

Our website includes field trip reports and photos, and you can view specimens collected on the trips at our monthly general membership meetings.

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FIELD TRIP:   Grapevine Canyon for Rootbeer Onyx on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

For: Mingus Gem & Mineral Club, Cottonwood, Arizona

Note: You must be a member of the club to go on this trip. Please wear your Mingus Club Badge.  Contact Chuck Desch @ 757-575-0987 or kopp007@aol.com to become a member. Paid-up membership will be verified at the meeting place below.  Attendees must sign a Liability Waiver at the meeting place as well.

When: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Meeting Place & Time: Stoneman Lake Exit off I-17.   Meeting time 8:00 AM, departure 8:15  AM sharp.  Please note that it is more than a 2-hour trip from the meeting place to the collecting site, so please be patient.

Weather: If we have had bad, wet weather just before this trip, we may decide to cancel this trip. That is why it is important to have your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet so we can call you should we need to cancel. Cell phones work at the meeting place, but once we start on the trip to the mine, cell phone reception will be spotty or not available at all.

How to get there: From Cottonwood take I-17 north to the Stoneman Lake Exit #306

Getting to Grapevine Canyon: From the meeting place we will go east about 15 miles on FR213 to Lake Mary Road, then turn left and go about 10 miles to FR125. We turn right (east) onto FR125 and from there it is about 25 miles to the collecting site. It takes over 2 hours to get there; we will be at the site for about 4 hours; then we will leave the site about 3:30 so as to return to I-17 before dark.  We will be travelling on forest service roads which may not be well maintained and could be muddy from recent rains.

Vehicle Required: You must be in a  high-clearance vehicle once we leave the meeting place. If you are not in a proper vehicle, we will try to get you into such a vehicle, but you will have to leave your arrival vehicle at the meeting place until we get back. 

What to find thereDark, banded Onyx in a rootbeer color. There is some banding in lighter tones from white to pink which provide interesting patterns. Pieces available from hand size to large boulders depending on how ambitious you are to pry them out of the ground. Most of the easy, loose chunks were collected years ago and the last diggers to have visited the site are not likely to leave very much behind.

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, medications, sunblock and warm clothing, perhaps in 2-3 layers in case the temperatures change. Collecting buckets, Rockhound Tools like a rock pick or trowel would be handy. There is a large, open seam of onyx which will be obvious to everyone, but it is firmly entrenched into the mountainside.        We will need various wedges, chisels, sledges and pry bars to extract larger pieces that can be fashioned into bookends, etc. I suggest we work together to extract and assemble a collection of pieces that we can divide up at the end of the day. We should all plan on leaving together around 3:30 PM to make sure everyone gets back to the meeting place safely. 

Trip Leader:  Jim Van Wert 928-649-1938 or 928-592-2512 (cell)  jerockshop@hotmail.com  or jerockshop@gmail.com.  I will bring samples of what we will try to collect.

Be sure to call or email to get your name on the sign-up sheet if you plan on going. This is important so we have an idea of how many to expect and to be able to call you should it be necessary to cancel.

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THE COALITION FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 3, 2018:

THERE WILL BE A PAYSONS RIMSTONES COALITION FlELD TRIP ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018 TO STAR VALLEY, AZ, WHICH IS JUST EAST OF PAYSON AND ABOUT A 10-MINUTE DRIVE FROM PAYSON.  

MEET ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE CIRCLE K ON HIGHWAY 260 AT 8:45 ---> LEAVE AT 9 AM.

MEETING PLACE LOCATION:
Star Valley Circle K Gas Station 
3792 E Highway 260
Star Valley, AZ 85541
We will be collecting the following:
Black & White Jasper
(Often called "Zebra Rock")

***Peach/White Jasper
*both can be tumbled and polish well

***Fossils of the Mogollon Rim:
These fossils can be found at Christopher Mountain too.
Our primary location to collect is past Sharps Creek Campground on Hwy 260 East. 
Most items are float - that is, they can be found on ground level
Please bring garden hand tools which work well
Also consider bringing a rake with three prongs to sort loose gravel.

In addition, there are motels in Payson and several camping spots in the area if you want to stay overnight.
Layered clothes are a logical choice and bring lunch and snacks with lots of water.
Bring chairs to sit and meet new friends.
Please wear club badges!
Plan of wearing sturdy shoes if you want to check out the washes for treasures and fossils!
Again...Remember, most material is float (on the surface)



Any questions, please call or text me.

Lynne Wheeler
Payson, AZ
928-978-4062
Lynnewheeler70@gmail.com

HAVE A GOOD TIME!

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Find Uranium, Bog Agate, Palm Bog Fossils & Chalcedony on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FIELD TRIP FOR: MINGUS GEM & MINERAL CLUB OF COTTONWOOD, ARIZONA

Note: You must be a member of the club to go on this trip. Contact Chuck Desch @ 757-575-0987 or kopp007@aol.com to become a member. Paid-up membership will be verified at the meeting place below. Attendees must wear their Mingus Club badges and sign a Liability Waiver at the meeting place as well.

When: Tuesday November 13, 2018  8:30 AM

Note: You must be a member of the club to go on this trip. Contact Chuck Desch @ 757-575-0987 or kopp007@aol.comto become a member. Paid-up membership will be verified at the meeting place below. Attendees must sign a Liability Waiver at the meeting place as well.

Meeting Place: Intersection of Hwy 93 and the Alamo Lake Rd turnoff just past MP 179 which is about 5 miles north of the  intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 71. We will be leaving the meeting place no later than 9:00 AM so be sure to get there on time. We will not wait for latecomers, even if you put your name on the sign-up sheet.

Weather: If we have bad, wet weather just before this trip, we may decide to cancel this trip. That is why it is important to have your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet so we can call you should we need to cancel. Cell phones work at the meeting place, but once we start on the trip to the mine, cell phone reception will be spotty or not available at all.

How to get there: From Cottonwood take I-17 south to Hwy 74 (Carefree Hwy), then west to Hwy 93, then right to Wickenburg. Go northwest about 21 miles to the meeting place. If you’re coming from Prescott via Hwy 89 you will continue to Congress then bear right on Hwy 71 to Hwy 93. From there it is about 5 miles to MP 179.

Getting to the Anderson Mine: From the meeting place near MP 179 we follow the Alamo Road for 5.8 miles to the Pipeline Ranch Road turnoff. The road passes through the Pipeline Ranch, located in the bottom of Date Creek Wash and continues for approximately 6.3 miles to FR 7581. It is about 1.4 miles on FR 7581 to the Anderson Mine itself.

Vehicle Required: You must be in a 4 X 4 vehicle once we leave the meeting place. If you are not in a 4WD vehicle, we will try to get you into a proper vehicle, but you will have to leave your arrival vehicle at the meeting place until we get back. The road can be very rough, so be sure to have a good spare tire. There is a long stretch through the Pipeline Ranch where the road crosses a bad sand wash through Date Creek. Be sure to be in full 4WD mode through this wash

What to find thereThe primary Uranium ore at the mine is Carnotite which occurs as bright yellow bands on the Bog agate. Carnotite is not particularly dangerous in this form; it is only when it is processed further that it may become unsafe to handle. Bog agate itself is an excellent lapidary material - it occurs in gray, tan or red - the red being the choicest material. There is also an area where druse chalcedony can be collected - this is very popular among wire-wrappers and you can collect larger pieces as well. Be on the lookout for the elusive Palm Bog fossil material itself - this is one of the few places you can still find this rare material. Another very rare material is Hyalite Opal which shows up as a thin milky-white coating on limestone. It is one of the most fluorescent green minerals you will ever see!

The Anderson Mine: The Anderson Mine is actually a series of old Uranium Mines covering about 28 square miles. It has been mined by at least five different companies since the early 1950s. The entire area has now been acquired by the Uranium Energy Corp and is located on BLM land. All environmental studies are now complete and a major project could get started as soon as market conditions are favorable. More than 3 million dollars has been spent on environmental studies and bore holes and once they begin, they envision 5 large open pits and up to 75 employees. The project could last 15 years and yield in excess of $280 million!  Once they restart operations, we Rockhounds will no longer have access to their property.

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, medications, sunblock and a long-sleeve shirt. Collecting buckets, Rockhound tools like a rock pick or trowel would be handy. There is one area where there is an outcrop of thick hard blue-gray jasper - if you choose to collect it, you will need serious sledges, pry bars and chisels. We can drive to different areas within the mine area, so it is best to try to stay together. If we get separated we will plan on joining together about 3:30 PM at a tall metal archway we will all see as we enter the mine. We should all plan on leaving together to make sure everyone gets back to the meeting place safely. 

Trip Leader: Jim Van Wert 928-649-1938 or 928-592-2512 (cell). jerockshop@hotmail.com or jerockshop@gmail.com. I will bring samples of what we will try to collect.

Be sure to call or email to get your name on the sign-up sheet if you plan on going. This is important so we have an idea of how many to expect and to be able to call you should it be necessary to cancel.

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Many of our leaders have taken the club to places that produce wonderful pieces to add to any rockhound collection.

If you interested in leading a field trip, or just know of a good spot to visit, please contact the club and let us know.

Below are some of the places that we have been...

                     

Mingus Mountain Banded Iron Formations - Jasper with Hematite

Lake Searle, Trona, CA: Halite, Hanksite

APA Annual Steak FryGold Prospecting at Bumblebee

Mogollon Rim Fossils of the Mississippian & Devonian Periods

East Verde Fossil Coral - 7 miles north of Payson on NFS land 

Mingus and Christopher Mountains - Paleozoic Marine Fossils

Salt Mine / Copper Canyon

Burro Creek - Coalition Trip for Bacon Agate and Pastelite (a variety of Chert exhibiting pastel colors)

Empire and Lost Onyx Quarries

Wiley Wells - Coalition Trip - agates, chalcedony, geodes, jasper & more!

Cottonwood Slag Heap - Coalition & Club Trips

Lynx Creek - Gold Panning

Coalition trip - Seven Springs, Sheep's Crossing

Jerome Area, Perkinsville Agate

Metal Detecting for Gold & Meteorites

Joseph City & Holbrook - Petrified Wood

Coalition Trip, Sedona Club -Holbrook, Petrified Wood

 Hidden Valley Rockyard

Coalition Trip - Bagdad Mine

Brachiopods on the Rim

 

                                                 

                                                       

                                                             

                                        

  

 

We've also been to the following sites:

Copper Chief Mine
Lion Springs
Cleator
Perkinsville
Luna, NM
Table Mesa
Prism Mine
Spectrum Mine
Mining and Mineral Museum
Holbrook/Woodruff
Golden Wreath Mine
Oxbow Mine
Many, Many, More