Smoking Stone – Denio Jct Fire

Hiya All:

Been a late night here. I started early doing a tour in Virgin Valley for a Gemologist geologist which ran long. Then the required game of scrabble at the Opal Queen which I barely won, blackout. Up came, well, not quite up, I had been ignoring threatening skies while digging for 2 hours LOL. Had a real “hot” lightning storm walk across our neck of the woods. I only know of the one fire so far. The one here burnt to the side of Denio Summit as seen from the Jct looking south. The Pueblo Volunteer Fire Department kept an eye on it and BLM crews arrived to 4×4 crawl around on the hill to knock it out.

Fire scar from lightning strike.
08-24-2011 Lightning fire by Denio Jct

Other than that boy did I find a pretty opal. I had to even make a poor Utube video of it.

Say no more here is the link.

Well actually,  to say more there is another post with still pictures at the Opal Auctions forum. I do need to get around to having more auctions for some of the gemstones I’ve cut from some the stable material that comes from here.

By plume play of color we mean the Play of color in the opal appears to be on the surfaces of sulfide growths that look like leaves or ferns inside the gemstone rough.

The Klamath Falls Rock and Arrowhead club came out for the annual dig I host for them. We did not find any precious opal on the new claims I bought that we went to. We did prove we were digging in the right direction.

Soothing Summer Survey

Howdy Howdy; The digging has been perking right along despite the economic woes of many. Not getting out there near as much as I would like to this summer. The Opal Negra has re-opened from their short vacation. I’ve been busy with paperwork and rearranging the town castle and estate. Well, that and seeing the Steve Miller show in Harveys Stateline with a vehicle down on Saturday afternoon; seems It never gets down to my chores haha.

Julie from the Peacock Mine thinks traffic may be down a little or at least is not up. I would guess so. How many times have you seen gasoline prices go down in summer. It’s nice to know we are still an E ticket vacation destination, with travel time being the highest cost. I was hoping to work in after a black opal pocket but ended up trying to find the corner posts of a new development in the works here. The BLM has sent surveyors to find the real corners of the mining district boundaries, but it seems they do not mark them like they used to. Now you have to go on their website and get GPS coordinates instead of looking for the stakes. Mining maps are not allowed to use those easy to get numbers tho’ thanks for making my job slightly easier. To find where I have to measure off the angled distance instead of taking the numbers from where we stand.


Until next time here’s a core video.