Arizona's Oldest Mineral Society
By Bill Freese:
Here are the details for the joint MSA & DMRMC trip on Saturday Mar 25th, 2023 to the Prism/Blue Cube/Spectrum mines. I realize that DMRMC already had a trip out there, but the trip for the MSA folks got canceled, so this is replacement for their trip. I know a lot of you like this spot. Check out the pics I added from stuff around the claims. The claims owner has 3 claims all in one spot, two are next to each other and the third is a short distance from the others. We are going to start at the Spectrum (one by itself) and spend a couple hours there and then move to the other two. You guys are going to love it! You're gonna get good and dirty. ha ha You will need to dig some, so bring your shovels and picks and wrecking bars and gads.(hammer drills okay) We are looking for nice fluorite, barite, amethyst and more. Also, bring your fluorescent UV lights.(the long wave lights)
Our meeting spot is going to be the turn off for the mines, just off Eagle Eye Road. (between MM 7 & 8) The coordinates are 33.711763, -113.302808 or 33°42'42.4"N 113°18'10.1"W if you like that format. (I put them on all the maps, so don't call me to ask for coordinates, that tells me you did not read the email) This works out better for many folks as the location is easier to get to from the south for people in Phoenix. I suggest you plug the coordinates into Google Maps and check the route from your house. As an example of the variances, the trip from Anthem Civic center is 91.4 miles and 1 H 33 M if you go through Wickenburg and Aguila, but if you take the southern route via I-10 and Salome Road it is 103 miles and 1 H 32 M. There is a large area just off the road, so there is plenty of room for everyone. (I will put out a bucket with a label at the road)
We will meet at 10 AM and leave as soon as everyone on the list is there but no later than 10:10 AM.
You WILL need a high clearance vehicle as you will have to cross over 15+ washes on the short drive back to the mines. (up and down and up and down...…)
There are so many places to dig & hunt that almost everyone can have their own pit to dig in but I would suggest that we work in small groups at the best spots. Bring plenty of snacks and drinks.
Don't forget to bring $20 per person for the mine owner. (it's a bargain)
I personally believe this to be an annual spot (maybe more) as the mine owner is looking at bringing out some heavy equipment to clean out the pits and make it easier for US. He told me that he keeps these claims just for clubs like ours. There are also so other spots in the area but this is plenty for this trip. See ya there.
DMRMC VP & Field Trip Committee Chairman
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