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CCanfield
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« on: December 07, 2009, 07:27:29 PM »

Hello, I know there is at least one member here who knows about places here.  I go to Reno sometimes with my wife and I would like some places close by to go to I know of the cryscolla deposit near by as I have some from there any other good areas?  How about Northern California? thanks - Clayton
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2009, 12:40:14 PM »

Clayton...what is your definition of close to Reno?  There are spots at Fernley (30 miles), Lovelock (70)and if I rack my brain places inbetween...give me some idea of how far you could/would travel to hunt...coldwatergold
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2009, 12:45:20 PM »

Clayton...you mentioned in your post about prinville that you had looked for limb casts...I know of a place not in the books above Gerlach, Nev...r u still looking for some? coldwatergold
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009, 06:27:04 PM »

Hello, yes I would love to know where to go I enjoy limb casts as I only have very small ones:(  I would travel 70 miles from reno that is not too far when your out there.  Any help on areas for rock around there helps, I usually make it there once a year or so at least as my wife likes the casinos and I love the rock Smiley thanks - Clayton
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009, 02:40:10 PM »

Here's the deal....You have to travel about 60 miles from Reno to get to Gerlach.  Then go north about another 20 miles, it's paved about 5 miles then turns to dirt. You Take a road called Soldier Meadows  Rd. This spot is in the Calico Mtns. and is so new that even I haven't really checked It out enough. I was really looking for some opal outcrops to match the ones I had found a few miles away. I was cutting across a hillside and could see a white eroded area. Upon checking it out I picked up ten/fifteen limb casts out ot the dirt but they were'nt very big, about 3-4 inches long and less than an inch thick (maybe half inch is closer). I haven't cut them to see what they produce but I will and then will try to post you a picture. Don't know if you want to go so far for an iffy thing? There is petrified wood float (small pieces) in area and some orangish jasper (not very much) there also....coldwatergold
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009, 03:03:20 PM »

hey thanks will check it out next time I am that way I dont mind on a hunch as I can usually find more good stuff as I do not mind hunting or hiking even if its the summer there I like the dry heat:)  Sounds like a neat place hows the opal?  I know an area which I am going to take Sal and Dan to near prineville where there is some coming from out the canyon somewheres - Clayton  P.S. see my profile as I updated it for you:)
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009, 05:46:31 PM »

OK if you want to try for this place here is a little more detail...if you have a nevada atlas and gazetteer look on page 26 find gerlach see ssr34 headed north...first dark road(in red) is the playa road and closed in winter,fall, spring (anytime it might be wet as you will sink to your car frame and nothing can get you out if you get out aways) the second faint red road is soldiers meadow road and this is what they call the winter road, it may get a little muddy but you can get thru most of the time.  Look for mormon dan peak  past this about 3-4 miles you will find a road going left. the turn off soldier meadows road should go up a small hill and as you go in on this road you should see a small dry lake bed on your left and a good spot to put a trailer/car/truck to camp (no wood, no water)...if you find this then you  are on the right road...continue up this road and you will go thru some dust bowls(fairly deep in summer). just past these is a draw going to the left...park car here (if you go up road you will come to a fence/gate across road, then you will know for sure you are on the correct road)..walk up draw about 1/2 mile, you can see the white area on the hillside (again left side), it's about a 1/4 mile from the draw,gets steep...thats what I can tell you,,,if you want I could meet you and take you in, I know some other stuff in this area. The opal is a common white with dark brown areas in it, also arrowheads in area....coldwatergold
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