This trip will be to Upper Campbell lake.
We will meet at the Canadian tire parking lot @ 9:00 A.M. Sunday October 25th
You will need to bring all the regular rock hounding gear. Gumboots will probably be a good idea as will rain gear.
Hope to see you there.
I am sorry to inform you that our Rock Candy Mine trip this year is cancelled due to fire concerns. I received the following email yesterday detailing the problems...
You can call me if you have any questions.
Wagon Master (250.285.3465)
Rock Candy Mine/GeologyAdventures.com
Grand Forks, BC
To all upcoming 2015 Vugs, Colourful Crystals, and Private tour
With great regret, I must tell you that all forestry and industrial activities, including our mining operations at Rock Candy, are being shut down by the Grand Forks District Fire Marshal as of tomorrow, July 14. This has never happened before in July, but last winter’s low snowfall coupled with extremely dry spring and summer weather has produced high fire danger. The Fire Marshal’s decision means that we cannot blast or use our other powered rock-moving equipment, making it impossible to prepare the mine for collecting.
The extended forecast is for hot and dry weather for the next month, so I don’t anticipate being able to operate at all this summer.
Our Safari trips will continue as usual, since those do not require fresh rock. If you are going to be in Grand Forks, please let me know so that I can arrange for you to join a Safari, gratis.
Currently there are no active fires within 30k of the mine, so the back roads remain open, and our caretaker in place. Should the fire danger increase to “Extreme”, the forest roads would close, and even the Safaris will cancel.
GeologyAdventures or RockCandyMine will of course offer full refunds.
At the moment I am mining in Montana with limited computer access, so cannot immediately send refunds via Paypal, but will when back in my Seattle office. If you prefer, we will hold onto your payment to guarantee you a space on the same trip and your choice of dates during our 2016 season. Please let us know which option you would prefer, and how you paid us: Paypal or cheque/check.
My sincere apologies for the cancellations. Wish there was something I could do about the weather!
we will meet at the Trent river just south of the Cumberland turnoff of the inland highway. We will meet at the north side of the bridge on the southgoing side of the highway.
Sunday 28th of June - 12 o'clock noon
Good footwear - we are going to be in a river bed, so you may want gumboots or sandals or barefeet. The hike down to the river is a bit steep in spots so sandals here would not be a good choice.
rock hammer, prybar, or small sledge and pick are all good tools for picking the fossils out of the shale rock.
a way of packing fragile fossils - paper towel works, newspaper, and maybe cardboard. and a bucket or packsack
snacks or lunch.
Hope to see you there.
Gordon River Trip
Sunday is fast aproaching and I am getting excited!
I would like to add a meeting place to accommodate the people that want to come that live south of us. We will meet up and re-group when we are almost there.
The time: 11:30-11:40 a.m.
The place: Deering road and Pacific Marine road intersection. The road into Port Renfrew from Lake Cowichan is called Pacific marine road. You follow it until you are almost at Port Renfrew. Then you turn left onto Deering road at a bridge. We will meet there.
It looks like the weather will be great!
Hope to see you there,
Hello there ripple rock hounders!
Meeting place: the intersection between the new highway and the Cumberland/Courtenay off ramp. There is a large parking area there right on Cumberland road just below the highway. We will meet there at 8:15 a.m. Make sure you are have a full tank of gas as it is about a 3hr drive from here. This gets us to Port Renfrew at around 11:15-11:30 a.m.
You will need all the standard rock hounding gear. Hammer, safety glasses, spray bottle might be helpful, backpack, sturdy footwear, Sun hat, and rain gear ( this is the true west coast!) and a lunch.
The Gordon River is situated on the southern part of Wrangalia Terrane, where it is colliding with another small volcanic terrane called the Crescent Terrane. This should make an interesting mix of 'foreign' rocks. Some of the rocks we'll collect include Bronzite and marble; there is gold in this river for anyone that would like to try there luck at panning.
So there you have it folks,
If you have any questions you can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me 250-285-3465
Merry Widow Trip
Its time for another trip.
The dates for this trip are May 2nd (Saturday) and 3rd (Sunday). The place is the Merry Widow mine. This old mine site is located on the North island near Port McNeil. We will be spending the night up on the mountain. The mine was mined mainly for the Iron deposits there in the form of magnetite. There are lots of interesting rocks to find there: calcite crystals, Chalcopyrite, limestone, quartz crystals, garnets, and other cool rock.
You will need:
Camping gear -- the place to camp up there is a large and open.
For the less adventurous, Visa or Mastercard at Port McNeil!
Water -- there is not any running water up there. It is high up the hill so you will need warm clothing. The last stretch up to the mine is steep and you may need 4wheel drive to make it up. There will be opportunity to park at the bottom and carpool up to the top, if you don't have a 4wheel drive vehicle (it's about 15 minutes drive up). Food, you will need to bring meals for 2 days, cooking and cleaning supplies in a camping style.
Clothing: rain gear (this is the north island), warm clothing (top of a mountain on the north island, spring may not have reached there yet), sturdy footwear.
Rock hounding gear: pick, pry bar, and safety glasses are an asset.
We will meet at the Canadian tire parking lot in the morning of Saturday (May 2). We will depart at 8:00 a.m. The drive is about 2.5 hours on the highway and about 40 minutes on the logging roads to the site.
Great, Hope to see you there.
Shane Mawhinney Wagon master 250-285-3465
Hello to all Ripple Rock Hounders!
Ripple Rock Club Fossil Hunting Fun
After a quick lesson on what to look for we began scratching around, looking for concretions in the rock and digging through the loose shale to find small shells and bits of unidentifiable fossils. A concretion is a spherical rock that sometimes houses a fossil. In the creation of the fossils layers of mud and sand collect around the fossil and petrify into rock. Concretions are easily found in the solid layers of shale. Finding them is different than removing them! Often the ones you find are there because other fossil hunters couldn’t remove them from the rock; it can be quite a chore. Some are a little more uncovered from our efforts but remain in place for the next people to attempt removal. It seems that the success rate for finding a good fossil in one of these is about 1 in 10 so you are not guaranteed to get a fossil when you finally do remove one from the rock.
I have not come up with an idea for a trip in February so if anyone out there has any bright ideas please speak up.
Thank you to everyone that came out and I will see you on the next one!