We spent the last two nights up in Lake Havasu with Justin’s brother’s family, so we could collect at a few of our favorite locations and to get our things together in preperation for the West Coast Gem and Mineral Show, in Costa Mesa, CA this coming weekend. We had originally planned to film the Wiley’s Well area, but once the thermometer reached 103 today (even though it maxed out at 107), we decided that it wasn’t worth catching heat stroke for some agates. So instead we took our time, and tried to film a few locations outside Blythe, CA off the 10.
Our first stop was for psilomelane, from the long closed Arlington Mine. However due to all the work we had to catch up on, we didn’t even get on the road untill after 3pm, putting us at our location at 5:30. Lucky for us, the road was pretty well maintained the whole way up to the old quarry.
As soon as we stepped out of the truck, you could find low-medium quality psilomelane pretty much everywhere. I picked up this piece on the dump pile after only looking for about 1 minute. But to find the better stuff, you have to dig around put in a little bit of hard work. (of course, this is pretty much how it always is.)
Justin took the camera and walked to the top of the tailing pile before I even had my shoes on. (I wear flip flops in the summer, which are no good for collecting, so I make sure to put my sneakers on before I even start to look around.
Once I finally climed to the top, I saw this memorial… It had no information on it, but we just love the randomness that you will find in the middle of nowhere, so I had to get a picture.
After loosing interest in the tailings piles, I decided it was time to join Justin, who by this time had made it into the old quarry.
On the way out we have to always remember to stop and film the road markers.
We were rushing to beat the sun, and trying to make it to one more location before dark. But we weren’t that optimistic.
We passed some old mine structures and some rusted out old cars on the way in, so we decided to take a second to get some photos.
It was a good thing too. Once we got out of the truck we discovered that our tire had sprung a leak, and in a few mintues all the air had leaked out.
Too bad it just so happend that their were massive amounts of yellow jackets EVERYWHERE, and I am allergic to yellow jakcets. I decided it would be in my best interest to stay away, while Justin took care of the flat.
At this point it became apparent that we were not going to make it to the next location today, however, with so much time I did get a lot of neat shots of random desert trash.
Too bad this old medicine bottle wasn’t complete, it looks like it would have been nifty looking. You sure aren’t going to get your Boniva in a bottle like this.