Field Trips

Field trips are held monthly, and can be collecting trips, educational trips (both in the field and/or to local museums), or simply to another club's show. Many times, we join with other clubs to share experiences. For many, going on a field trip is the joy of getting out and enjoying nature. Some field trips will include natural wonders and historical sites along with rock hounding.

YVGMS members and non-members are welcome to join us on any field trip, provided that everyone signs a waiver prior to beginning the trip. Anyone under 18 must have a guardian on the trip who signs the waiver. To sign up for a field trip, use the link below. Please make sure to include your name, telephone number, and any message to the trip organizer.

Upcoming field trips will be shown below and on our calendar. An occasional trip may get added at the last minute. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please notify the field trip chairman, D. Gibbs via email. Please note: if there are not enough participants or the weather is bad, the trip may be cancelled.

Future Field Trips

 
Geode Hunting with Jim at the Hauser Geode Beds
September 11, 2021

Geodes

One Day

Free

You need to sign up with Dennis Gibbs. The e-mail link is above.

A popular trip for kids

Go East on I 10 towards Blythe, exit at Wiley Wells. (exit 173) Go North to the rest area. We will meet there at 8.50 AM. Look for a red Rav 4 and a big black truck with a snorkel sticking out the right side. After signing the ok forms, using the rest room, your last opportunity to sit on something white and round, we will leave for the geode beds at 9.15 AM.

If you leave Yucuipa at 6.00 AM, you will have time for a gas fill up at Chiriaco Summit, exit 222.

The entire trip is a full day and approximately 200 miles. This is why you should fill your tank at the summit. Be sure your vehicle is in good condition and with good tires. By driving slow and careful, clearance should not be a problem.

We will be in the desert with no services and few trees, so bring plenty of liquids and food. You will need collection buckets, hand shovel or rakes, hats and sun screen. Cell service ???

Remember that snakes and scorpions are at home here so be careful where you put your feet and hands.

If the weather is too hot, we might cancel and reschedule the trip. This is one good reason for signing up ahead of the trip so you can be notified.

Club waivers will be signed at the meeting place.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

5: Two-wheel, vehicle parking on rough terrain or trail end

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Southern California: 2003 Edition

Sites 9, 10, 11

Attendees List

Karen & Kathy, Marvin & Judy, Jeff, Denny, Jim, Grace &Dan & Daniella,

Petrified Wood in Arizona
October 8-10, 2021

Petrified Wood

2-3 Days

$40.00 for a 5 gallon bucket. Bigger pieces will be weighed.

YOU MUST NOTIFY DENNIS GIBBS (poppyrocks987 at gmail.com) IF YOU PLAN ON GOING. The e-mail link is above.

The group will meet on Friday, October 8th at 6PM at Tom and Suzie's Diner (2001 Navajo Blvd, Holbrook) for supper and information.

Saturday morning we will go to the ranch to collect the wood. The collection site is near the Petrified Forest National Park, so the material is excellent. The ranch will provide us with lunch.

We should be done collecting around 3PM. This will end the field trip. You may stay another night or head home. After leaving the ranch, you may wish to check the many rock shops in Holbrook. On the way home you might wish to stop at the meteor crater to see the big hole in the ground.

You will need to bring five gallon buckets, hand shovels, and gloves. You should also have snacks and drinks in your vehicle. It can get windy and cold so bring appropriate clothing.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Motels in Holbrook, Arizona

Collection Difficulty

3-4: Flat ground, unpaved sections, handicap access with some help.

Vehicle Restrictions

1-2: Vehicle access and parking to include busses, RVs, handicap vehicles (with parking)

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Dennis & Linda, Karen & Kathy, Dan & Dorothy & Grace & two, Joe & Trinette,

Marble Mountains
No Date

Three types of fossils, Travertine, Mexican Onyx

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS (poppyrocks987 at gmail.com) IF YOU ARE GOING ON THIS TRIP

Mike Reason will be leading this trip. We will be collecting from the Latham Shale (trilobites, early brachiopods, and rare echinoderms) and Chambless Limestone (oncolites, which are similar to stromatolites except they did not grow in columns). Also a visit to an area with travertine (aka Mexican Onyx).

Meet at Roy's Cafe in Amboy at 9:30 am. Take I-15 to Barstow, then west on I-40 to Ludlow. Take the National Trails Highway exit going east, to Roy's Cafe. From Yucaipa, allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours to Roy's Cafe.

After Roy's Cafe there are no services. Be sure you have plenty of fuel, plenty of liquids and your lunch and snacks. Bring your rock hammer, paper towels for wrapping your fossils and collecting buckets.

All wheel drive and/or high clearance vehicles recommended. We will have a secondary stop in Cadiz to allow folks driving sedans to climb in vehicles that are more suited for sandy desert roads.

Dry camping is available for those who want to spend the night.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

5: Quarter to half mile trail to site with moderate difficulty.

Vehicle Restrictions

6: Two-wheel access orparking on roads, dirt, or gravel, limited parking areas, car pooling recommended

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Southern California

Site 25

Attendees List