From Teresa and I
Marry Christmas to all of you and a prosperous New Year.
By Rob Sankovich
This was a field trip lead by Adam Dean CFMS south field trip leader.
He's a member of the OBMS.
Deb and I arrived Tuesday night to avoid the Thanksgiving traffic.
It took us about 5 hours to drive there.
Wednesday I did a walkabout in the east side of Wiley's well collecting agate and chalcedony.
The field trips started Thursday, we went to the Pebble Terrace and I found some Stromatolites fossils about 3" in diameter.
I also found a small rock with part of a Crinoids tail fossil.
We then collected chalcedony near the Opal mine.
It was float material looking for pieces that might have fire agate.
We then had a great Thanksgiving dinner in the later afternoon.
Before it got dark we dug Black agate nodules.
Friday's field trip the group went to several different sites.
I went with Adam Dean to find paisley agate.
Jeff Miller from the Conejo club went on the daily field trips with me.
We went in the area I had checked out on Wed, but we walked farther then I had on Wed.
I walked about 7 miles round trip, towards the end of the day we did find the paisley agate.
I have a nice piece that should make a nice cabochon.
Saturday Deb, Jeff and I headed out to the Opal mine to dig for fire agate.
Adam Dean talked to the claim owner Nancy and got a special price for the CFMS field trip, digging $10.
It wasn't easy.
The fire agate you can see was embedded in hard rhyolite with chalcedony in it.
There were pockets of fire agate with white calcite next to it.
It took chisels, sledges and a lot of time to dig it out.
Jeff and I dug while Deb searched the tailings.
I was digging some fire agate out, with my chisel and I punched a pocket that had calcite crystals in it,
with fire agate seams in the base and running though the rock.
I was able to dig out 3 different specimens, the biggest about 4" across.
They are very nice. It was tricky not breaking the delicate crystals using a chisel to get to them.
Sunday we broke camp, spent some time collecting at Kim’s nodules.
We had a great time, found some nice specimens, good food. nightly campfires, made friends, got contacts for other future field trips.
Adam Dean was a great field trip leader, knowledgeable about the science of rocks and minerals and he shared his interest in rockhounding and where to find the rocks.
I'm going to bring in what I found at the January meeting.
From the tri clubs, Conejo Jeff Miller, Conejo/Ventura Deb and I, Ventura Matt Boeck.
VP Field Trips
Conejo Gem & Mineral Club
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society