Field Trip To The Calico Area
November 4 - 5

Hosted by three clubs
North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society,
Pasadena Lapidary Society, and
Whittier Gem and Mineral Society


Oak Tree Inn Placard                  Penny's Diner                  Oak Tree Inn

Friday

We checked in at the Oak Tree Inn, in Yermo, and two parties camped at the Whittier Club's claim which is near the Inn.

Six members drove to the Calico Early Man Site. This area is said to have been occupied by early man about 17 million years ago. They saw stone tool artifacts and the areas where archaeolgists are still digging today. After leaving the Site, they traveled to another area and collected rocks.

We had dinner at Penny's Diner with apple pie for desert. After dinner, we went to our room, chatted, and surfed the Web using the Inn's wireless connection.

Don Warthen Surfing the Web
Don Warthen Surfing the Web


Group Chatting
Group Chatting




Saturday

We had breakfast at Penny's Diner. After breakfast, Jay Valle led us to the Whitter Club's claim.

Our first stop was at the Red Moss Agate location. We were there for about 2 hours.


Richards first rock


Moving On
Moving On


We are off to "Bill &. Izzie Burns Site". Where we collected Palm Wood, Agate, and Jasper.

Bill &. Izzie Burns Site
Bill &. Izzie Burns Site


After lunch, Joe Goetz led us to 2 locations where we looked for Palm Wood.

Joe Goetz Site
Joe Goetz Site


We had our pot luck at a 50's restaurant called "Peggy Sue's. There, we had a nice enjoyable dinner and listened to 50/60's music while we all "stuffed ourselves" with terrific food. The evening ended with a warm campfire tended by Jay Valle at the Whittier Honey Onyx Mine campsite.

Peggy Sue's Diner
Peggy Sue's Diner



Sunday

We had breakfast at Penny's Diner. After breakfast, Dave Kelty lead us to an area near the Calico Early Man Site. This was a terrific location with desert Roses, Palm Wood, Agate, and Jasper.

 Dave Kelty's Area
Dave Kelty's Area


We are off to the Marble location when the front wheel drive car got stuck in the sand.

stuck in the sand
Stuck in the Sand


We ran into a little difficulty with the road we were on ... it turned out to be impassable. Dave Kelty and Jay Valle did a terrific job in getting us all turned around and rerouted to the Marble location. At this location sever people found tiny Garnets on the surface of the Marble.

Rerouted
Rerouted


We went back to the Inn to freshen up for our final dinner at Peggy Sue's. The top floors of the Inn were occupied by Rail Road workers.

Train
Two-Mile Long Train