December 14-16—SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA: Wholesale and retail show; Gem Faire Inc.; Scottish Rite Center, 1895 Camino del Rio S; Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
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 Post subject: Re: Adventure in Goldfield Nevada
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:53 pm 
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Not to be too much of a rockhound, but... while I really enjoyed learning about the history of this unique place, and the pictures are all lovely... did you get any of those promised agates, jaspers, etc? I'd really like to see photos of those as well!


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 Post subject: Re: Adventure in Goldfield Nevada
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:34 pm 
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You just have to love the Nevada back roads!

I was coming home from an adventure in the northern rockies, camping fishing and a bit of rock hounding all by my self.So I decided to take dirt roads as much as possible coming south through Nevada since there was no pressing need for getting home. It was mid October.
Well it had been a couple days of digging and camping with no shower when I saw some steam rising from the only green area around. So investigation was in order. About two miles off the main "road" there was an ancient house and the remains of a corral....then around a hill side the road ended at a eight foot circular galvanized tank and two 2" pvc pipes dumping 103 degree clean pure spring water with none of the usual sulfur smell. The tank was empty but all you need to do was pick up the pipes and move them over the tank and you had an incredible rustic spa! just what the doctor ordered!
This was just about in dead center of Nevada with the nearest town being Battle Mountain or Tonapah....both at least 75 miles away with nothing but mountains and valleys (horst and grabben district) and a few widely spread ranch houses the nearest of which was at least five miles away.
It was so far off the beaten track the quiet was stunning. I heard a dull roar at one point and couldn't identify where it was coming from...sounded like the noise a truck makes going down a dirt road...which is exactly what it was....but damn if I could see the truck...well it kept getting louder for at least ten minutes till I spotted a cloud of dust coming down the valley. You could hear the truck coming for almost ten miles before it appeared. You never realize the modern din we live in till you experience that.

I soaked three days of dirt and grime away with a bottle of wine and watched a snow storm in the 9 k foot peaks as the sun went down....amazing...potts hot spring if you want to google it.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:54 pm 
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Barbara O. Ellis, GG wrote:
Wow! Thanks for sharing the story and the photos :D ! Love your "treasure" find 8) . May I ask ... have you had it evaluated to be sure it's authentic? It looks to be in such superb condition! Would love to tag along on your next adventure!


Hay Barbara, yes i have double checked my findings on the tea pot via makers marks and over all quality of the pot. I have over my years collected many Wedgwood items and jumped at this one due to the figurine on the lid. as i stated in the post, i have never seen that before with Wedgwood and i did email a few resources to double check it before posting. I dabble here and there in everything from Edo period Japanese items to George Jensen silver. I never know what i might find! Yes, we should get a bunch of us and make a random adventure of it! It is more fun that way.

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Not to be too much of a rockhound, but... while I really enjoyed learning about the history of this unique place, and the pictures are all lovely... did you get any of those promised agates, jaspers, etc? I'd really like to see photos of those as well!

Yes i did scarodactyl, not some of the good stuff thou as i was only there for a day. I will post pic's of what i have when i have some time this weekend. I did gather some curiosity's, rocks with a metallic like luster. they look almost like they have superheated vaporized metals on them, i will post those as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Adventure in Goldfield Nevada
PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:28 pm 
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Good trip Gary!!
I too, love hunting for history, and once had a very big collection of bottles, found around abandoned mining areas.
A dolly-pot and one of the new "gold rocket", gold recovery systems, would fit in the back of your car.
Good story. How far from where you live?
Barry.


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hay Baz, about 3 hours from me driving the speed limit. Of course i stop often and look around as the highway is next to the famous area 51 test site.

My next adventure is strictly rock hunting! wah wah mountains in Utah. im hunting red beryl, if i donot find any at least ill walk away with topaz. Cheers mate!

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