Whittier Claim Field Trip
November 2, 2007

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By Don Ogden

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NOCG&MS October Field Trip
Whittier Club Honey Onyx Claim
November 3 & 4, 2007

We will join the Whittier and Pasadena clubs on a field trip to theWhittier Gem & Mineral Society's Honey Onyx Claim. It located just east of Barstow. The honey onyx is still there but it is hard rock mining.If you have any or have seen it, you know that it is well worth the effort involved. Usually we use our Claim as a base of operations for daily field trips to the surrounding collecting areas. The access to the camp area requires unlocking a combination lock and opening a locked gate. See Jay Valle,(626) 934-9764, for combination. Or meet at the Oak Tree Innbetween 8:00 - 8:30 AM Saturday.

There will be guided field trips on both Saturday and Sunday and we will leave camp each day at 8:00 - 8:30 AM. Saturday evening will feature a traditional potluck dinner, followed by a warm campfire, if the weather permits.Materials which may be collected: Honey onyx, red moss agate, petrified wood & palm root, algae agate, and other unnamed agates, jasp-agates, jaspers, fossils, etc.

Tools: Rock pick & bag for general collecting; Sledges, wedges, chisels, pry bars, etc. for those rockhounds who really want to get serious with the honey onyx.

Supplies: Barstow is very close. For beginning rockhounds (without campers , trailers, etc.) you may wish to stay in a motel in town and drive to the Club Claim each morning. This is also a easy way to get to know the "workings" of a rock club field trip.

Contact: Joe Goetz at (626) 914-5030 for questions or further information.

Following information is for those Staying at the Oak Tree Inn - email from Don Eschbach:

Oak Tree Inn:
35450 Yermo Rd.
Yermo, CA 92398
Phone: 760-254-1148

The Oak Tree Inn has a special rate for a three day stay.$57.38 per night, and in this case, it would be Nov.2, 3, & 4.

Two days or less is $79.00 per night with ARRP or AAA.

The Oak Tree Inn is almost directly across from Calico Ghost Town. To getto the Motel, take the Ghost Town turn off and it will take you right to theMotel.

It is best to go on Friday November 2 because the Field Trip on Saturdayleaves at about 8:00 AM. If you get there early enough on friday you can gothrough Calico not more than two miles away.

Map to Whittier Club Claim