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Mike Maxwell 1270822705Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:18:25 +0000 (UTC)
An open question to the list ...


I live in Pleasanton, California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco.  I'm
somewhat limited in the sort of rockhounding locations I will be able to
visit; I'm out of shape, and won't be able to do any long, steep climbs.  So
I spent a good while searching the web for good places to hound that aren't
terribly far from me, and aren't too difficult to access.

Without going 2-3 hours away, I haven't been able to find any such
locations, or at least any that seem very promising.

I understand that it's entirely possible that since Pleasanton in located on
top of an old swamp land, that I'm simply in a bad locale for good hounding
spots.

However if anyone knows of localities that fit the bill, please mail me
direct, or post to the list.


Thank you!

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John Zancanaro 1270824062Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:41:02 +0000 (UTC)
Mike, The only place I have collected at that are not too far from you is the Alum Rock park are in East San Jose. This is going back a few years when I still lived in San Jose.

It actually was known for the Mineral Springs that are located in the park.   The trails are not to bad, I have a bad knee and was able to go anywhere in the park.  I also did some fossil collecting inthe hills around Dublin but can't remember the exact location.

http://www.mindat.org/loc-25077.html




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From: Mike Maxwell 
To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" 
Sent: Fri, April 9, 2010 9:18:10 AM
Subject: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots

An open question to the list ...


I live in Pleasanton, California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco.  I'm
somewhat limited in the sort of rockhounding locations I will be able to
visit; I'm out of shape, and won't be able to do any long, steep climbs.  So
I spent a good while searching the web for good places to hound that aren't
terribly far from me, and aren't too difficult to access.

Without going 2-3 hours away, I haven't been able to find any such
locations, or at least any that seem very promising.

I understand that it's entirely possible that since Pleasanton in located on
top of an old swamp land, that I'm simply in a bad locale for good hounding
spots.

However if anyone knows of localities that fit the bill, please mail me
direct, or post to the list.


Thank you!

_______________
[  Mike Maxwell  ]
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Mike Maxwell 1270824897Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:54:57 +0000 (UTC)
David,

I certainly will be reporting my experiences to the list, good or bad.
Everyone here is helpful beyond measure and I'm happy to share too.  Agate
Beach, I think that is in the North bay on the coast, not too far from
Sausalito, if I'm not mistaken.  I vacationed at Clear Lake when I was a
kid, wish I remembered it better.  Agate Beach is all of an hour away but
Clear Lake I'm fairly certain is a 3-4 hour drive.  Still sounds like it
would be worth the trip when I can make it.

Kris Rowe swears by Little Panoche Dam being a great place to dig for Jasper
and Agate, it's a few miles away from Firebaugh, CA in Fresno County.
Here's a Google map link of the spot:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl...

And this link has a few pictures of what he's taken home from there:

http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/events/...


John,

Alum Rock park, I know I came across that name when I was doing my research
a couple of months ago, I'll have another look at it, thank you!

Dublin has a lot of hills, Pleasanton and Dublin are at the base of a 1000
ft ridge land that is at least 7 miles long.  Having lived here my whole
life I know several trail access points.  It's a big area though and without
knowing more precisely where to look ... you're wandering.


_______________
[   Mike Maxwell   ]
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On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:40 AM, John Zancanaro wrote: > Mike, The only place I have collected at that are not too far from you is > the Alum Rock park are in East San Jose. This is going back a few years when > I still lived in San Jose. > > It actually was known for the Mineral Springs that are located in the park. > The trails are not to bad, I have a bad knee and was able to go anywhere > in the park. I also did some fossil collecting inthe hills around Dublin > but can't remember the exact location. > > http://www.mindat.org/loc-25077.html > > > > > ________________________________ > From: Mike Maxwell > To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" < > > Sent: Fri, April 9, 2010 9:18:10 AM > Subject: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots > > An open question to the list ... > > > I live in Pleasanton, California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. > I'm > somewhat limited in the sort of rockhounding locations I will be able to > visit; I'm out of shape, and won't be able to do any long, steep climbs. > So > I spent a good while searching the web for good places to hound that aren't > terribly far from me, and aren't too difficult to access. > > Without going 2-3 hours away, I haven't been able to find any such > locations, or at least any that seem very promising. > > I understand that it's entirely possible that since Pleasanton in located > on > top of an old swamp land, that I'm simply in a bad locale for good hounding > spots. > > However if anyone knows of localities that fit the bill, please mail me > direct, or post to the list. > > > Thank you! > > _______________ > [ Mike Maxwell ] > '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' > > > --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- > multipart/alternative > text/plain (text body -- kept) > text/html > --- > -- > _______________________________________________ > Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List > Subscription Services: > http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... > List Usage Policy: > http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules > > > --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- > multipart/alternative > text/plain (text body -- kept) > text/html > --- > -- > _______________________________________________ > Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List > Subscription Services: > http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... > List Usage Policy: > http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >
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Mike Maxwell 1270829432Fri, 09 Apr 2010 16:10:32 +0000 (UTC)
Once you head far enough east of me, in Angels Camp, Copperopolis, and
Sonora, you start running into a lot of rock shops, when there are almost
none in my area.

A friend of mine says where the Stanislaus Rivers empties Lake New Melones,
he's gone down lake side and river side and was able to dig up quartz
crystals.


It's easy for me to imagine that where a strong river that comes from high
in the mountains starts to slow down, would be a good place for a lot of
interesting things to end up.  Is that typical geology, for a river to make
deposits at certain points, perhaps maybe at bends?


_______________
[   Mike Maxwell   ]
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM, wrote: > Alum Rock Park is of course not open to collecting, nor is "Agate Beach." > The beach is only by stretch of imagination close to Sausalito. Tiny "oil > agates" occur there. There's some not particularly good jasper in the > Russian River, and decent actinolite north of there. > > In general, the Bay Area (which is taken to extend from Santa Cruz on the > south to Santa Rosa on the north) does not have good collecting. That's why > the twenty or so clubs in the area have almost no local collecting trips, > but instead go off to the desert and to Nevada. (Mike, Livermore has a > club.) > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Maxwell" < > > > To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" > > Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 7:54 AM > Subject: Re: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots > > > > David, >> >> I certainly will be reporting my experiences to the list, good or bad. >> Everyone here is helpful beyond measure and I'm happy to share too. Agate >> Beach, I think that is in the North bay on the coast, not too far from >> Sausalito, if I'm not mistaken. I vacationed at Clear Lake when I was a >> kid, wish I remembered it better. Agate Beach is all of an hour away but >> Clear Lake I'm fairly certain is a 3-4 hour drive. Still sounds like it >> would be worth the trip when I can make it. >> >> Kris Rowe swears by Little Panoche Dam being a great place to dig for >> Jasper >> and Agate, it's a few miles away from Firebaugh, CA in Fresno County. >> Here's a Google map link of the spot: >> >> >> http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl... >> >> And this link has a few pictures of what he's taken home from there: >> >> http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/events/... >> >> >> John, >> >> Alum Rock park, I know I came across that name when I was doing my >> research >> a couple of months ago, I'll have another look at it, thank you! >> >> Dublin has a lot of hills, Pleasanton and Dublin are at the base of a 1000 >> ft ridge land that is at least 7 miles long. Having lived here my whole >> life I know several trail access points. It's a big area though and >> without >> knowing more precisely where to look ... you're wandering. >> >> >> _______________ >> [ Mike Maxwell ] >> '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' >> >> >> On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:40 AM, John Zancanaro >> wrote: >> >> Mike, The only place I have collected at that are not too far from you is >>> the Alum Rock park are in East San Jose. This is going back a few years >>> when >>> I still lived in San Jose. >>> >>> It actually was known for the Mineral Springs that are located in the >>> park. >>> The trails are not to bad, I have a bad knee and was able to go >>> anywhere >>> in the park. I also did some fossil collecting inthe hills around Dublin >>> but can't remember the exact location. >>> >>> http://www.mindat.org/loc-25077.html >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ________________________________ >>> From: Mike Maxwell >>> To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" >>> < >>> >>> Sent: Fri, April 9, 2010 9:18:10 AM >>> Subject: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots >>> >>> An open question to the list ... >>> >>> >>> I live in Pleasanton, California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. >>> I'm >>> somewhat limited in the sort of rockhounding locations I will be able to >>> visit; I'm out of shape, and won't be able to do any long, steep climbs. >>> So >>> I spent a good while searching the web for good places to hound that >>> aren't >>> terribly far from me, and aren't too difficult to access. >>> >>> Without going 2-3 hours away, I haven't been able to find any such >>> locations, or at least any that seem very promising. >>> >>> I understand that it's entirely possible that since Pleasanton in located >>> on >>> top of an old swamp land, that I'm simply in a bad locale for good >>> hounding >>> spots. >>> >>> However if anyone knows of localities that fit the bill, please mail me >>> direct, or post to the list. >>> >>> >>> Thank you! >>> >>> _______________ >>> [ Mike Maxwell ] >>> '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' >>> >>> >>> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >>> multipart/alternative >>> text/plain (text body -- kept) >>> text/html >>> --- >>> -- >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >>> Subscription Services: >>> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >>> List Usage Policy: >>> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >>> >>> >>> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >>> multipart/alternative >>> text/plain (text body -- kept) >>> text/html >>> --- >>> -- >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >>> Subscription Services: >>> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >>> List Usage Policy: >>> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >>> >>> >> >> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >> multipart/alternative >> text/plain (text body -- kept) >> text/html >> --- >> -- >> _______________________________________________ >> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >> Subscription Services: >> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >> List Usage Policy: >> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >> >> > -- > _______________________________________________ > Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List > Subscription Services: > http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... > List Usage Policy: > http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >
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Tim 1270833541Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:19:01 +0000 (UTC)
I have posted the final version of the Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and BC
Canada field trip calendar that I announced last week to my website. It's up
to 60 trips by 21 rock, mineral & fossil clubs! Navigate to
http://orerockon.com/ore_rock.htm and click on Pac NW field trips on the
left menu. I will update it if I get more trips from the clubs in the near
future.


Tim Fisher
OreRockOn.com
Email at http://orerockon.com


-----Original Message-----
From: 
[mailto:] On Behalf Of Mike Maxwell
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 9:08 AM
To: ; : A mailing list for rock and
gem collectors
Subject: Re: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots

Once you head far enough east of me, in Angels Camp, Copperopolis, and
Sonora, you start running into a lot of rock shops, when there are almost
none in my area.

A friend of mine says where the Stanislaus Rivers empties Lake New Melones,
he's gone down lake side and river side and was able to dig up quartz
crystals.


It's easy for me to imagine that where a strong river that comes from high
in the mountains starts to slow down, would be a good place for a lot of
interesting things to end up.  Is that typical geology, for a river to make
deposits at certain points, perhaps maybe at bends?


_______________
[   Mike Maxwell   ]
''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 8:58 AM, wrote: > Alum Rock Park is of course not open to collecting, nor is "Agate Beach." > The beach is only by stretch of imagination close to Sausalito. Tiny "oil > agates" occur there. There's some not particularly good jasper in the > Russian River, and decent actinolite north of there. > > In general, the Bay Area (which is taken to extend from Santa Cruz on the > south to Santa Rosa on the north) does not have good collecting. That's
why
> the twenty or so clubs in the area have almost no local collecting trips, > but instead go off to the desert and to Nevada. (Mike, Livermore has a > club.) > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Maxwell" < > > > To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" > > Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 7:54 AM > Subject: Re: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots > > > > David, >> >> I certainly will be reporting my experiences to the list, good or bad. >> Everyone here is helpful beyond measure and I'm happy to share too.
Agate
>> Beach, I think that is in the North bay on the coast, not too far from >> Sausalito, if I'm not mistaken. I vacationed at Clear Lake when I was a >> kid, wish I remembered it better. Agate Beach is all of an hour away but >> Clear Lake I'm fairly certain is a 3-4 hour drive. Still sounds like it >> would be worth the trip when I can make it. >> >> Kris Rowe swears by Little Panoche Dam being a great place to dig for >> Jasper >> and Agate, it's a few miles away from Firebaugh, CA in Fresno County. >> Here's a Google map link of the spot: >> >> >>
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl... 173150944.00047e3d6c1982566fc7c&z=14
>> >> And this link has a few pictures of what he's taken home from there: >> >> http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/events/... >> >> >> John, >> >> Alum Rock park, I know I came across that name when I was doing my >> research >> a couple of months ago, I'll have another look at it, thank you! >> >> Dublin has a lot of hills, Pleasanton and Dublin are at the base of a
1000
>> ft ridge land that is at least 7 miles long. Having lived here my whole >> life I know several trail access points. It's a big area though and >> without >> knowing more precisely where to look ... you're wandering. >> >> >> _______________ >> [ Mike Maxwell ] >> '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' >> >> >> On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 7:40 AM, John Zancanaro >> wrote: >> >> Mike, The only place I have collected at that are not too far from you
is
>>> the Alum Rock park are in East San Jose. This is going back a few years >>> when >>> I still lived in San Jose. >>> >>> It actually was known for the Mineral Springs that are located in the >>> park. >>> The trails are not to bad, I have a bad knee and was able to go >>> anywhere >>> in the park. I also did some fossil collecting inthe hills around
Dublin
>>> but can't remember the exact location. >>> >>> http://www.mindat.org/loc-25077.html >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> ________________________________ >>> From: Mike Maxwell >>> To: "Rockhounds@drizzle.com: A mailing list for rock and gem collectors" >>> < >>> >>> Sent: Fri, April 9, 2010 9:18:10 AM >>> Subject: [Rockhounds] Northern California, the good spots >>> >>> An open question to the list ... >>> >>> >>> I live in Pleasanton, California, about 45 miles east of San Francisco. >>> I'm >>> somewhat limited in the sort of rockhounding locations I will be able to >>> visit; I'm out of shape, and won't be able to do any long, steep climbs. >>> So >>> I spent a good while searching the web for good places to hound that >>> aren't >>> terribly far from me, and aren't too difficult to access. >>> >>> Without going 2-3 hours away, I haven't been able to find any such >>> locations, or at least any that seem very promising. >>> >>> I understand that it's entirely possible that since Pleasanton in
located
>>> on >>> top of an old swamp land, that I'm simply in a bad locale for good >>> hounding >>> spots. >>> >>> However if anyone knows of localities that fit the bill, please mail me >>> direct, or post to the list. >>> >>> >>> Thank you! >>> >>> _______________ >>> [ Mike Maxwell ] >>> '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' >>> >>> >>> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >>> multipart/alternative >>> text/plain (text body -- kept) >>> text/html >>> --- >>> -- >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >>> Subscription Services: >>> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >>> List Usage Policy: >>> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >>> >>> >>> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >>> multipart/alternative >>> text/plain (text body -- kept) >>> text/html >>> --- >>> -- >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >>> Subscription Services: >>> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >>> List Usage Policy: >>> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >>> >>> >> >> --- StripMime Report -- processed MIME parts --- >> multipart/alternative >> text/plain (text body -- kept) >> text/html >> --- >> -- >> _______________________________________________ >> Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List >> Subscription Services: >> http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... >> List Usage Policy: >> http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >> >> > -- > _______________________________________________ > Rockhounds@drizzle Mailing List > Subscription Services: > http://lists.drizzle.com/mailman/listinfo/roc... > List Usage Policy: > http://rockhounds.ning.com/page/list-rules >
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