SUBJECT: NOVEMBER 24TH COALITION TRIP TO BULLARD MINE IN AGUILA, AZ, FOR COPPER MINERALS
Below is the Coalition trip info for November 24th, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Wheeler.
Subject: Nov. 24 Coalition Trip Bullard Mine - Aguila, AZ, for Copper Minerals
Please get this to your editors ASAP to send out as this is late notice but a nice area to collect!
Daisy Mountain Club invites you to walk off the turkey!!!
November 24, 2018
Meet at 9:00 AM at McDonald's in Wickenburg, AZ
BRING WITH YOU:
Layer your clothes
Wear good shoes / boots
Lots of water
A HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE IS NECESSARY AS THIS AREA IS KNOWN FOR WASHOUTS!!
Pack a lunch and chairs.
Bring egg cartons which work well for micro-mount specimens and thumbnails to protect better items.
Have some Maps: 7.5' topos of Smith Peak, Date Creek Ranch SW / Smith Peak
***you may also meet at 9:30 am US 60/Eagle Eye Road in Aguila at 9:30 - Watch for group from Wickenburg!!!
FIELD TRIP TO THE PELONCILLO MOUNTAINS 11-12 DECEMBER 2018
FOR WHAT: PELONCILLO MTNS GEODES & FIRE AGATE
WHEN: Dec 11-12, 2018 Travel on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, and collecting on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
FIELDTRIP: FOR Mingus Gem & Mineral Club of Cottonwood, AZ
WHERE: APPROX 370 MILES E/SE OF COTTONWOOD, near Lordsburg, New Mexico.
HEADQUARTERS FOR TRIP: Best Western Western Skies Inn, 1303 S. Main Street, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045. Reservations call 575-542-8807 or online at bestwesternnewmexico.com. There is a very good restaurant, Kranberry’s, right next to the hotel for breakfast or dinner.
Your trip leader, Jim Van Wert will be staying at the Best Western and the meeting place for the fieldtrip will be from the parking lot of the hotel on Wednesday morning.
DIRECTIONS to the Best Western: Go south on I-17 to Phoenix. Merge onto I-10 going east. Continue on I-10 through Tucson all the way to the New Mexico Border. Continue on I-10 another 22 miles to Lordsburg, New Mexico. Take exit 22 (NM494/Main St). Turn right onto NM494/Main St and proceed to the hotel at 1303 S. Main.
MEETING TIME: Wednesday 12/12/2018 - MEET @ 7:30AM, DEPART FOR COLLECTING @ 7:45AM SHARP!
Note: These are Arizona times regardless of what time it is in New Mexico!
Tuesday 12/11/2018 Travel day to get down to Lordsburg.
Wednesday 12/12/2018 We will go to the primary geode/fire agate collecting area about 20 miles NW of Lordsburg. Plan on spending the whole day there, so bring a lunch, water, etc.
Weather: you never know! The wind can blow incessantly. It can be warm in the daytime and near freezing at night - come prepared. If it rains the roads can get slippery and require 4WD to the collecting areas.
General info: This is probably the least-disturbed geode-collecting area on public lands you will ever visit. There is a great variety of colors, sizes, shapes and habits of geodes as well as pink chalcedony, quartz crystallizations, and possibly, some fire agate. Normal rockhounding tools will suffice for collecting. Bring your binoculars - If you are lucky you could catch a glimpse of a bighorn sheep in the nearby wilderness area.
TRIP LEADER: Jim Van Wert JEROCKSHOP@gmail.com or call 928-592-2512. I recommend you come into Lordsburg on Tuesday 12/11 so you will be there in plenty of time. It is about a 5-½ hour drive from Cottonwood so it’s going to be awfully early to try to drive down early in the morning on Wednesday.
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 Fry - Gold 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
Mining and Mineral Museum
Golden Wreath Mine
Many, Many, More