CFMS Cady Mountains Field Trip Report
April 17-18, 2010


by Adam Dean and Shep Koss
CFMS Field Trip South Co-Chairs - 2010



The weather was perfect, a little warm but it made that night very comfortable. We had a good turn out.

After the sign in and some introductions we were off to the Green Angel Wing Collecting Site. This is an area Teresa and I came across a few years back and it has beautiful green and burgundy angel wings on the bottom with snow-white plumes on top. We felt it was time to let everyone in on our secret. It was funny because when we got there, many on the trip told us they drove past this area and never saw the turn off. We all had an enjoyable time searching the hills for the different materials in the area.

At 11:00 we rounded up and we were off to the next site. We made a quick stop in the sagenite area so the group could hunt around the wash and eat lunch. Some even found some nice sagenite. Check out the pictures and you’ll see a beauty!

Eventually we got to the fluorite area. At first some needed a little guidance, but once they saw what we were looking for, they were off and running. Everyone seem to enjoy the fluorite location, which offers far more then just fluorite! There is yellow plume, and all kind of jaspers along with the agates mixed in the main wash. There were some nice finds!

All too soon it was time to head back. We sure built up an appetite, which was a good thing because we had a potluck planned. We had a little hick-up when we got back to the campsite. The Railroad Police and the BLM Ranger showed up and told up we couldn’t camp there any more and need to move! We were lucky though, because the Railroad Police let us stay the night with the agreement that we would be off the property by 4:00 pm the next day. He said that we could continue to cross the tracks but couldn’t camp on railroad property any more. I guess we just have to camp down the road. Well after he took pictures of our Driver Licenses and explain the situation to the BLM guy, we finally got to eat! Boy was it great! We had all kinds of food. Shari from our group was celebrating her Birthday so we sang to her and ate cake. I ate so much I could hardly walk.

Sunday I took our group to one of my favorite location on top of the cliffs. We had a scenic view of Afton Canyon above The Canyon of the Animals. We took some photos and then headed off to collect some nice moss and black and white sagenite.

We wandered around and filled our bags and enjoyed a quiet day hunting. Teresa found a perfect black and white nodule and many wandered over to the old onyx mine and found some very nice stuff.

But like all good things it had to end. We honored our agreement and packed up and Got Out of Dog before the Sheriff came to run us out! It is always a great day when I get to see smiling faces when the day is over. Here is what some of our group had to say…


Our last trip with Adam and Teresa took us deep into the Cady Mountains. We followed him onto a forsaken desert road devoid of any civilization. The Cady's have some of the richest deposits of agate that I have ever seen. Seams of agate lie exposed on the hillsides, constantly being eroded by wind and rain. I was able to easily follow the float trails up the mountains to find the originating seams. The first seam that I found contained a light blue agate with red plumes. What an amazing find!

The day culminated with a visit to a fluorite mine. My wife was able to locate some small pieces of green fluorite crystal in a rhyolite matrix.

Our 3 children had a good time running in the pristine desert washes, exploring natural caves and playing with the colorful rocks procured by the dedicated searchers.

The group had a huge potluck on Saturday night and we were privileged to be part of the eclectic group of rock hounds. Various issues were discussed that night, but the overriding theme seemed to be how to stop the bureaucrats from taking land rights from its citizens. As with all issues, no resolutions seemed have been agreed upon. It is my opinion that some action definitely needs to be taken.

Only the die-hards stayed for Sunday's morning trips and, of course, that did not include us. We enjoyed a nice breakfast, mingled with some soon to be departees, and prepared to leave.

My son, reading from his Bible, quoted this poignant verse from Joshua 3:3... "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are LEVERITES, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it." Follow it we will......I don't know about the Leverites though,

Rex


Dear Adam:

Thank you for what you did for us Rockhounds this past weekend. One of the reasons I enjoy going out on rockhounding trips with you is that they are well planned and the day flows very smoothly. Another big asset is that you can identify and name rocks and minerals and help us amateurs.

To me the most exciting find was the fluorite. I appreciate you stopping by and helping Linda and I with our questions and showing us where to dig.

Thank you again for a good trip.

Dennis & Linda Gibbs


Gordon from Rosamond (the guy with his grandson)

CFMS Cady’s Trip 2010

This was my first time going rockhounding with the CFMS. Fortunately, when my grandson and I arrived at the dry camping site on a very windy Friday night, we met very friendly folk who were more than helpful to a couple of field trip newbie’s.

Saturday dawned with beautiful clear skies and light winds. I was very anxious to get started finding promised agates, sagenite, and fluorite.

Thanks to the kindness of Carl from Ridgecrest, and the company of Ron, also from Ridgecrest, we were able to hitch a ride out to the sites and the fun.

The first site was for angel-wing agate. What a find! I had to keep reminding myself to be selective and only take a few samples. There was just so much angel-wing, calcite crystals, and agate all over! But we were also going to be visiting two more sites and I needed to leave room in the bucket.

The second stop was for sagenite. While we mostly found calcite everywhere, there were those who found some sagenite samples. My grandson got a little bored, so he picked on a small mound in a gulley and tried to level it with a small sledge hammer. At least he was enjoying himself.

The third site was the fluorite mine. Okay, we couldn't actually go in the mine, but climbing the crumbling hillside in the canyon entry and finding the sunlight-faded crystals was a lot of fun (and work). Digging around the faded crystals did produce some nice green fluorite in bands. These were not the crystals I've seen for sale at some of the shows, but it was still very nice.

Finally we made it back to camp and eventually to the potluck. (I'll leave to others to talk about our brush with the law.) I was very surprised to see the variety and quality of the food offered. The homemade tacos, barbequed chicken, two kinds of chili, salads, fresh pineapple, spiced cashews, and on and on, and let's not forget the birthday cake! What a great time sitting around sharing a meal, chatting, and making new friends from all over Southern California.

We had to leave early the next morning, but for those who could stay, the hunt continued. I don't know what else they found, but if it was as productive as Saturday, I'm sure they had fun.

Gordon Butler
Rosamond (unaffiliated)


I thank you for the input on the trip. I feel it is important for others to hear what the group felt and not only from the leader, that way those that didn’t make it can see what happened from different points of view.

Adam Dean
The Agate Hunter
O.B.M.S. Federation Director
C.F.M.S. Co/Chair Field Trip Southern CA
(909) 489-4899
theagatehunter@verizon.net
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