Field trip to Panamint Valley
When: January 29th
Where: Panamint Valley
We will leave from Lee's Frontier at 8:30 am. We will collect Wulfanite at the Minneta mine area, agate and jasper on the alluvial below the Minneta mine and onyx at the onyx mine area. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Bring rock picks (aka hammers), rock buckets or bags, sunscreen, hat, water, lunch, water, squirt bottles, gloves, water, and good walking boots or shoes.
Field trips for the first 6 months of 2012
January 29: Panamint Valley. Looking for Agate and Jasper
February 26: Sheep Springs. Looking for Dendritic Agate
March 18: Union Wash. Looking for Fossils and Barite
April 20-21-22: Icicle Agate and Petrified Wood (This will be a weekend trip. Going to base in Tonopha)
May 5-6: Bishop. Garnet or Schorl (Show field trips)
June 24: Cerro Gordo. Looking for Smithsonite and Galena
Quartzite, Arizona Rock Show
On January 1st, 2012, one of the biggest rock and gem shows in world opens in Quartzsite, Arizona. Desert Gardens is the first show to open and runs to February 16th. Tyson Wells will have two (2) shows. The rock-gem-mineral show opens on January 6th and closes January 15th. The sell-a-rama opens January 20th and closes January 29th. The pow wow opens January 18th and closes January 22nd. If there is a way you can make it to Quartzsite, do it. There are 100's of dealers that are willing to share their knowledge with you, and for a price, their wares. For those of you who like flea markets, the main event is for you.
January 01 - February 28, 2012 Desert Gardens -Gem & Mineral
January 06 - January 15, 2012 Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 07 - January 22, 2012 Main Event
January 20 - January 29, 2012 Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 21 - January 29, 2012 Sports
, Vacation & RV Show
February 1 -February 5. 2012 Hobby Craft & Gem Show
February 3 - February 12, 2012 Tyson Wells Arts & Craft Fair
February 4 - February 5, 2012 Rock & Roll Car Show
February TBA Blue Grass Festival at Tyson Wells
February TBA Chili Cook-Off & State Salsa Championship
February 13th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the shop, 131 Jackson St., Lone Pine.
More From the Lone Pine Film Festival
JD, grandson of members Don and Margaret Warner, at the spinning wheel
Jim & Jackie Grandgeorge and Dana Jeffries attending the Club Booth
Jim Grandgeorge cutting a geode
On September 17, five volunteers including Jackie & Jim Grandgeorge, Francee & Francis Pedneau, Phillip Beguhl and myself, gathered at the overlook outside of Independence. I gave them the safety orientation then handed out vests, hardhats, grabbers and bags. Driving through our two mile stretch of road, the litter never looked to be very abundant, but once we got out there, litter galore. We went through 25 garbage bags and were out there for over 4 hours. A big thank you to those who volunteered their time and sweat to make the place a little bit better. The next clean up will be in the spring and I’ll be looking for volunteers then.
Nat-Geo Experience by Steve Mobley
I was sitting at my desk when the e-mail from Dana was sent in regards to the Nat Geo natural history show. I was talking with Jessie and Michael about it when my son called to ask if I had seen it. I said I had and was thinking about what mineral photo to send if I decided to send one in. Lots of suggestions were thrown around until it was decided to send in the photo of the piece that I found on the wash wall in the Coso’s.
I sent in with a short story about how I came to find it and its photo and didn’t think anything else about it.
The next morning, after turning on my computer, there was an e-mail from the producers. They liked the mineral and wanted me to bring it to them for the show. Talk about being jazzed. So I called work and told them I needed to take Monday off and then had the rest of the weekend to get through.
Sunday evening I printed out all of the forms, filled them out and packed the specimens. I also took a couple others that I’ve found since from the same seam, and set everything by the front door in anticipation.
Monday morning, we were out the door by 08:00, with Jessie and Michael being dragged along for support. Filming was supposed to start at 15:00, but I enjoy the mineral collection at the Natural History Museum, so we left early so that we could check it out. We arrived about 12:30 and toured the minerals, dinosaurs, bugs and the gift shops. My instructions were to be at the main entrance and someone from the show would round us up and take us to where we needed to be. So at 14:30 I went and sat by the front doors and waited. At 14:50, Jessie and Michael were getting bored, so I told them to go downstairs and check out what we hadn’t seen. At 15:00, a young lady leading a small group of people stopped and asked if I was there for the Nat-Geo filming, I said I was, and she told me to join the group and off we headed.
Down the stairs we went, so I grabbed Jessie and Michael as we were passing by and into a large waiting room. There were several people sitting at the “U” shaped tables as we found seats and the young lady headed off looking for more of us. We sat there for a good twenty minutes talking and meeting some of the other folks there to share their finds. I noticed several of the people wearing “Visitor” tags, so I asked one of the guys where they got them and up the stairs I went to the security desk and asked about them. She informed me that since we were going to be there after the museum closed, that we would need them. So getting the three visitor tags, I headed back down stairs. We talked for another ten to fifteen minutes when I told Jessie and Michael they may as well finish looking at the bottom floor instead of sitting here being bored. A short time after they left, the wife of the man sitting next to us came back in, in a panic asking him for the paperwork. It was supposed to be turned in at a table by the security desk. Grabbing my own paperwork, I headed back up the stairs and got everything turned in. The room had pretty much filled up by the time I got back down to the waiting room. At 16:10, a man came in asking if everyone had turned in paperwork and had gotten their visitor pass. He left and another young lady came in and said they were just about ready to start. She sat down and did some paperwork. About five minutes later, she got a call. She stood and said that they were ready and she said “I want this half of the room to follow me.” Not my half of course, so she led them out. Twenty minutes later, she came back and said that the rest of us should follow her now. So we gathered up our stuff and off we went. Back down the hall, up the stairs, past the main entrance, dark now, through the whale hall and into the rotund area.
The first group of show and tellers were scattered around the room. Four movie cameras and lights were concentrated on an old flag (1861 with only 34 stars). I was assigned my spot and told to set my stuff out. So here it was 16:50, we were supposed to start filming at 15:00 and they were still on the first item. So we stood, and stood. There was nothing to sit on and nothing to drink. Jessie and Michael, as well as the rest of the guests, were asked to mingle while the filming was going on. Around 18:00, a blond woman walked up to me and asked my number, I said I didn’t have one. She asked me if I was sure, I informed her that this was the first time she had spoken to me. She gave me number twenty-two, the last one. She had me on her list but put my mineral under someone else’s name. She said she would be back. So I stood there watching Jessie and Michael mingle round and round. She popped up about twenty minutes later and said that I was number twenty-one, still last, but not as bad as it could have been. I asked her how that could be, and she said “Six people didn’t show up.” and she walked off.
They were whittling the show and tellers off one by one. After the flag shoot, the camera crews broke into two groups and moved themselves, hosts and lights to each person. It was taking between fifteen to thirty minutes per shoot. At 20:30, the director wanted to film a grand entrance for the hosts, so everything was moved and cleaned up and everyone was a mingler.
Shooting and retakes went on until 21:15. Before the lights and cameras are back to work though, another young lady from the film crew came up to me and told me I could be excused. I said “What?”
“You can leave now, you don’t have to stay.” I informed her that I hadn’t been filmed yet and she said “Oh.” and left. Sigh…
There were only four of us left to be filmed, and we were ready. The museum mineral guy after giving his take on the first of the last, informed the Nat-Geo people he was leaving. He had been there long enough. Even though there were still two of us with minerals waiting. He left.
Finally, 21:40 and it was my turn. I was told to move my table across the room to where the last set up was. So I carry it all over there and then they decided they didn’t like my table, though it lit up from underneath and would have shown off the specimens nicely. So they grabbed a different table and had me move my specimens. The host walks up, looks at the minerals, gave a groan and turned away. The camera guy said they were ready to film, the host turns around and asks me about what I brought in. I told him how I found them and wasn’t sure exactly what they were made of. He said “Well, I don’t know anything about rocks. Maybe we can have an expert check them out later.” Knowing that the expert left about 20 minutes ago, I said “Yeah, sure.” They took a few close ups and then said all done. 21:50. So, I had my minglers help me pack everything up and they led us out the front door. We were in the car and on our way home at 22:00. I had the three and a half hour drive home to mull over this whole experience. I got home at 01:30, the alarm went off at 04:00 to go to work. Sigh…
It was an interesting experience, one I don’t want to experience again though. Jessie asked me to make sure she took being a TV host off her list of careers though.
On December 11th we hosted our annual Christmas get together. There was lots of good food and lots of good company. The club provided the main course of ham and tri-tip prepared by Jackie and Francee. Attending members (24) brought their side dish. After dinner we began our "BJ" gift exchange. When a person opens a gift the next person can claim that gift or pick another one from the ones on the table. Jaydean was able to pick the best gifts. He had four or five claimed by other people. He didn't mind though because he seemed to like unwrapping more gifts. Our newest member, Jeanne Smith, won the set of radios.
The north shop yard sure looks good. Thanks to the efforts of members Jane, Joe, Rick, Laurie, Steve, Mike, Dana, Don, Jim, Jackie, Paul, Melonie and Carol. The club rock was transferred to newer buckets and the area cleaned up. This is your rock, please help yourself. There is a lot of good collectible and lapidary, not to exclude yard rock, in those buckets. Great job.
Our club hosted about two (2)dozen boy scouts and leaders from Orange County at our lapidary shop on Saturday January 14th. Francee and I described our equipment, talked about rocks, and cut a geode on the 14 inch saw. We also let them choose any 6 rocks from the collection from the north yard or one big one. We also gave them each a geode from the ones that were donated to the club. We also showed them the sequence of making a cabochon. They only had about an hour to spend with us as they had to leave for Death Valley to camp for the night.
What a swell group of boys they were. They were polite, courteous and inquisitive. They asked a lot of questions. Not the norm for a bunch of boys. We would do it again.
2012 Club Show
We still need an advertising chairman. Anyone interested? We need help. Call Francis at 760-876-4319, or Dana at 760-876-1009