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

 
Marble Mountains
ON HOLD

Three types of fossils, Travertine, Mexican Onyx

One Day

Free

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS 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.

East of Amboy, we will stop and view the 'Chinese lion of the desert."

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)

None

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

25

Attendees List

Turquoise in Tonopah, NV
TRIP ON HOLD

Turquoise, Apache Tears, Jasp-Agate, Bull's Eye Agate, Chalcedony, Dendritic Agate, Rainbow Agate, Opalite in multi-colors, Tonopah Jasper

1-2 DAYS

Turquoise Mine paid dig $125 per person. You are allowed a five gallon bucket of material at the dig. bring your own bucket. Gem Field is $1 a pound.

YOU MUST SIGN UP AND CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

Day 1 - We will meet at the Dinky Diner in Goldfield, NV. This diner is on the right after you come into town and is recognizable by two outhouses out front. It is approximately 5 1/2 hours from Yucaipa to Goldfield via I-15, State Route 127 at Baker and continuing on I-95. We will visit a rock shop in Goldfield and then continue to Gemfield and than to a location where we will find Tonopah jasper.

Lodging in Tonopah. Gibbs' are staying at the Jim Butler Inn. There are other motels in Tonopah. For you that need an RV location, we suggest American Quality Suites RV Park (775) 482-1700 in the north end of town. They also have 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom cabins available. We will meet at the Raley's grocery store at 6:00 pm to discuss supper plans.

Day 2 - We will meet at the Giggle Springs gas station (just north of Mizpah Hotel) at 7:45 am. Please park along the alley next to the gas station. We will meet the representative from Otteson Brothers Turquoise Mine and receive our instructions for the dig.

At the end of the half day dig, you are welcomed to head back to Yucaipa. If you choose to stay, we will take you to Crow Springs which has an extremely large obsidian field with many sizes of Apache tears. There are also many interesting rocks on this route. After this event, the field rip is completed.
When you go back through Tonopah, you might stop at the Golden Treasures Trading Post, a mineral shop. It is next to the post office. Also there is the Tonopah Historical Mining Park in town that tells the history of mining in the area and has many displays.

Note: From Tonopah, the journey home via I-95 will take 6 hours. If you choose this route you might take a small detour at Beatty and visit the ghost town of Rhyolite. If you choose to take US-6 to Bishop and continue on US395 the time is roughly 6 1/2 hours. Be sure and stop at Schatt's Bakery and get your San Francisco extra-sourdough bread and a turkey sandwich. If you are going through Bishop, let the Gibbs know and we can meet for supper.

Remember you are in the desert, so carry plenty of liquid, snacks, and your lunch. Your vehicle should be in good shape with good tires. Also remember the rattle snakes are out!

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

1-2 nights in Tonopah, NV. RV parks and camping nearby

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

3-4: Vehicle access and parking good for most vehicles and RVs, no specific handicap parking

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Nevada

62-63-64

Attendees List

Dennis G, Linda G

DARWIN MINING DISTRICT
ON HOLD

Gold, silver, lead, zinc, tungsten, copper, scheelite, pyrite, galena, fluorite, calcite, epidote, orthoclase, aurichalcite, hematite, jasper, agate (including blue agate), feldspar, andradite, serpierite, slag and many, many more

ONE DAY

FREE

YOU MUST CONTACT DENNIS GIBBS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS TRIP.

I 395 NORTH TO OLANCHA, THAN RIGHT ON 190 TO DEATH VALLEY. RIGHT AT STOP SIGN TO DEATH VALLEY. THEN PARK AT THE DARWIN ROAD TURN OFF WHERE WE WILL MEET AT 9 AM.

MEETING SPOT IS APPX. 5 HOURS FROM YUCAIPA. YOU CAN GET AN EARLY START AND MEET US AT THE DARWIN ROAD OR YOU CAN GET A MOTEL IN LONE PINE THE NIGHT BEFORE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY IN LONE PINE, WE WILL MEET AT 6 PM ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE PIZZA FACTORY FOR SUPPER.

WE WILL ALSO VISIT TWO SLAG AREAS AND HILLSIDES WHERE THE MINERS LIVED IN HOLES.

YOU ARE IN THE DESERT SO PLENTY OF LIQUIDS, YOUR LUNCH, AND THERE ARE NO SERVICES AFTER OLANCHA.
WATCH OUT FOR THE DONKEYS, MULES, AND BURROS!!

THERE ARE 16 MINES IN THE AREA WE ARE GOING. EASY WALKING AMONG THE MINES.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO TWO DAYS, LODGING IN LONE PINE

Collection Difficulty

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

Vehicle Restrictions

7: Difficult access by two-wheel drive, high clearance required (two-wheel SUVs and trucks)

Reference Book and Book Site

ON LINE IS INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SITE.

Attendees List

YUCUIPA VALLEY GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY-ANNUAL SHOW
CANCELLED-CANCELLED

ANYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES!

THREE DAYS

FREE

THE ANNUAL SHOW WITH VENDORS, GEODE CRACKER, AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS.
MAIN STREET IN YUCUIPA.
TIMES:
FRIDAY 6-10 PM
SATURDAY 11 AM TO 10 PM
SUNDAY 12-7 PM

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Collection Difficulty

Vehicle Restrictions

Reference Book and Book Site

Attendees List

Central Coast
October 9-11, 2020

Agates, fossilized shells, travertine, onyx, jaspers, chert, whale bone, blue basalt, jade, moonstones, rhodonite, and off white jade.

Three Days

Jalama State Beach, $10 per vehicle

You must contact Dennis Gibbs if you are planning to join this field trip.

Day 1: Meet at Lowe's parking lot, Greenspot Rd, off US 210, at 6:00 am. We will be westbound 210 to I-5 north to Santa Clarita, then west on US 126 through Santa Paula to US 101. Proceed north to Jalama Beach County Park. On the beach you will be looking for agates, fossilized shells, travertine, onyx, jasper, chert and whale bone. In the afternoon, those who come for one day will head home. The rest will head north to Santa Maria for lodging and supper. The group will meet at Pappy's Restaurant in Santa Maria at 6:00 pm for supper, 1275 East Betteravia Road. The Gibbs are staying at the Days Inn.

For those who are camping, the Central Coast has many spots for this activity.

Day 2: The group will meet at 7.30 AM at the Days Inn motel, 839 East Main St. Leave Santa Maria, north to Arroyo Grande and visit the best donut shop on the coast, on to Avila Beach to look for blue basalt. Proceed to San Luis Obispo and head west to Morro Bay and State Route 1. In Morro Bay, we will visit the best seashell shop on the west coast, view Morro Rock and the otters. Head north on State Route 1 to Moonstone Beach. At the end of the day, those who come for day two will head home. The rest will find lodging in San Simeon or Cambria. Location of supper to be determined. The Gibbs are staying at Days Inn in San Simeon.

Day 3: Group meeting is at the Days Inn, 9280 castillo Drive at 7.30 AM. Continue north on State Route 1 above Cambria, view elephant seals, Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and attend the Jade Festival. If someone does not want to go to the Jade Festival, an alternate is to buy tickets (online) and visit Hearst Castle. After the activities, we will head home.

On Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday, we will not be stopping for lunch, so please be sure to have food, snacks and drink in your vehicle. There will be food vendors at the Jade Festival.

The February edition, 2020, of Rock & Gem has an article on Guatemala Jade.

Overnight Lodging (trips over one day in length)

Santa Maria, San Simeon or Cambria motels

Collection Difficulty

1-2: Flat ground or paved handicap access to and at site.

Vehicle Restrictions

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

Reference Book and Book Site

Gem Trails of Northern California: 2018 Edition

Sites 72, 74 For more information on the Big Sur Jade Festival, go online and look for October 2020 festival.

Attendees List

Dennis G, Linda G, ANN K, RICHARD K

PO Box 494  Yucaipa, CA 92399