Cool June in the Valley.

Howdy Howdy; Its been a break in the heat now for a week. It has only gotten into the seventies and low eighties. Despite the slower than expected opening weekend in the campground, it has been a steady spring with lots of visitors. I’ve been in and out trying to help get the Kokopelli open where we want to build. This week ought to resolve all that and by next month…well the floor will at least be there. It is already leveled where my truck was parked.

Coming: Gift Shop
Coming: Gift Shop

I’ve heard of wonderful things coming out of Rainbow Ridge Mine justifying the price raise to 100 for tailings (& loads to 600). Loads really are by reservation only as some digger told Opal Negra as they bought some jewelry on the way out. The Bonanza is open for tailings digging and the Opal Queen is not open. The Peacock has to have had a lot of business by the number of folks going up and down that side of the valley so I assume the opal is coming out. There really is NO number or way to quantify or qualify what has been mined if the owners don’t show it off. To tell the truth, I warn people when they do find worthy opals and get them home that it is called the thieves stone because the way thieves will snatch it if they can’t be caught, or think they will like brash teenagers. Treating it like another agate has cost about a quarter of the owners their prize. Just saying they rate the case display, not the coffee table. I have the pictures of a few expensive reward able for return items on my website. Have to look among all the pleasant things to find their captions.

I did rescue the “drying pieces of what turned out to be Contra Luz Opal from the Peacock out of the mineral oil it has been in a few changes of for well, over 6 months easy. Not sure I trust it to do anything else with and maybe make all this go away. That IS the problem with trying to dry a big or probably unstable opal without going the extra yard and replacing the water with resin or? I put a movie up on Facebook in the Virgin Valley Opal Group
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=673008159401802

45 degree contra luz
45 degree contra luz

Ghoulish twig cut off
Ghoulish twig cut off

I sent off to “our Guy” a very gemmy bark. Can’t wait to see what is made with it. He must have a thousand cts (I know between us we do) of precious wood jewelry. Or if you have to be snobbish semiprecious due to the fact it has some matrix and is treated. We aren’t trying to fool anyone. Some does not have to be treated. My Esty store has some treated at 20 a ct.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SwordfishMining
or even dry rough to play with.

I’ve been busy with vehicles, fee diggers, claims guests and gardening work. I knew a house was work but acreage just quadruples that. Other things like trying to replace or repair my old Forester took way too much time long with the replacement vehicle. I’ll trade a contiguous set of ten 20 ac lode claims for a new/almost Subaru Forester. That’s 200 acres unpatented mineral rights with access on the side of Rock Springs table between the Rainbow and the Peacock. Woods and opal coming out of the touched on one side & I can point to where to start digging on the layers on the other side hill. Call me to discuss. Got more disposable cash you’d like to convert into hard assets? I have the ten claims buffering (200 acres you drive up) to Rainbow Ridge Mine. It has separate dead end access, gated in winter with power lines across property. I’ll buy my own car with what was left after taxes. I won’t trade for out of state property. Pardon my barking; I’ll stop.

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The quest goes on…

really
Stable

Delay of game penalty…

Hiya all; Just a short note to let you know we probably will not be ready to open for the Memorial Day Weekend opener with all we planned. If you have to dig on the Church Pews (The Kokopelli fee dig), call me to arrange a one on one tour there. Price is the same 125 a day, but more than one digger needed for me to drive out. The mine is being developed further from the pocket of precious opal we are on at present. I know we have the BIG bank in reach from the opal coming out, but we are not on the ground we want to offer yet. Stay tuned.

The Sun came out this week with Temperatures in the 90s. Supposed to go back to the 70s Monday. Dry Dry this year again. The mud will be from the thunderstorms only. As a teaser.,..We are making plans to be BUYING OPALS from diggers or cutting them after treatment on consignments. It will be less than the $50 or so a ct the Europeans charge for finishing Virgin Valley Opals. More to follow.

Precious opalized burl
Precious opalized burl

SEASON IS ON!!!

Hiya all. The mud is almost gone and this weeks coming snow should not be a blizzard, I hope. The weather is just going to be wild, so plan for the unpredictable vacation. Adventure awaits and rockhounding gives you treasure to return with.

It’s official, Kokopelli opals will be open in June, if not on Memorial day weekend itself. (I will be gone a couple days across there). Final details will be posted on the website. http://kokopelliopals.com/ The fee is going to be 125 a day to start, no limit on your finds. Tailings at this point are more prospecting the faces still. I have a bank there producing a pine cone an hour. From the actual pit the opal resembles the Royal Peacock Mine more than the Bonanza. Opal evaluation for cutting and treating of specimens are going to be offered by Brent (who used to run the Peacock fee dig) when he shows up to spend some time with us. The plan is for it to be attended all summer and I will fill in when they can’t be there, but until then you can still hire me for the day. My rates apply to the job being hired for. 2 diggers minimum to go mining or the claim/seminar tour.

Burrito Bistro
The winter team working the tailings.

Christmas Wishes to all- Open online

Greetings and salutations everybody everywhere forever! I hope you find some love in your heart for yourself this year too. Peace is the goal. Heaven is the reward. The fire season is gone and the Virgin Valley ice season is upon us. Please start thinking about your summer vacation to Kokopelli Opal & Swordfish Mining guided precious wood, black and other color precious opals, fee digging. By appointment only at present, attended, opal harvesting the best way we can. You keep all you find after paying up front to try your luck. No mine limit! Multiple faces to dig in- Trees, total opal replacements, precious skins, common.

Blue Opalised wood Virgin Valley, Nv

Holloway Fire Contained In Nv, Others still burn.

Hiya all;

We are smoked only, not incinerated. Thank all the fire crews (100s of men and women)that got the Nevada side of the fire under control, and the new fires that lit while they were here. Now they deployed up into Oregon to finish off the top half. This fire did burn all the way to the Long Draw fire from last month. It will go over 450,000 acres when it is all over and done I’m afraid. Quite a bit of “Sage Grouse habitat”, just got rehabilitated the way it worked forever. The folks around here figure it ruined around 20 ranches, the families will not be able to wait out the 3 years until they can put cows back on their allotments. The drought has the price of hay up so high, if you can find it, it is as expensive as gasoline. I have a fire sale on for 1/3 off in the show cases in town. It will end as soon as the fire does. It was a gesture to all them of appreciation for their hard work.

There is still smoke in the air from the other fires in Oregon and California which are up wind from here. The smoke is not so bad we are taking shelter with filters on yet. The Klamath Falls Rock and Gem club came out for a weekend at the gem opal mines. There were several nice pieces found but as always not enough…Color was found at my place if not greatness. The buckets from them have not been seen by me, so the might have a piece or two to cut like I found.

We were rained off my claim on Sunday by more thunder storms. In the afternoon it was better and I went back to get one I had been digging on when the rain started. It is almost impossible to leave color showing in the “wall” and leave. At least it did not start another fire. There was rain with this storm. This mine is where my current gem digging is going for the 100 a head fee, 2 person minimum.

End of the mining year so everybody who has a claim needs to make sure those little papers are filed everywhere on time with the fees (hope you don’t have to pay the lease fee of 140, but the law in writing says 100, but the BLM are wanting 189 or something each so don’t lose your claims because you sent a copy and not a small miners exemption with an original signature saying you are a small miner or …all your claims are gone if you don’t fix it just as they say.)

Looking East towards…

 

Holloway Fire Painting the Skies Red all Night

We are right to the left of the big burn in the center.  Kinda busy. Still folks digging and opals coming out.  The NWR is rounding up horses and mapping mining district boundries finally since 1975 act of congress. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/20120810-westernus.html

Reality is what it is.

Cattle mutilation on Alder Cr Ranch this last week. Papers don’t report them anymore. Again with all the “mysterious” signs that rule out the known natural causes and point more and more to “aliens” grabbing some bovine delicacies than any predator or person.

What else is there to say?  No, there are NOT people found that way are there? No, it has not affected finding opals in Virgin Valley at all. Been a real buzz in the bars. I saw some KILLER opals found by novices in the tailings this week. Oh, and if this needs discussing further…The aliens have not come in shooting yet, despite the obvious ability to win, so I think they are friendly and helpful like a bunch of Star Trek scientists from some other reality more in danger from us than us from them.

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.

http://forums.opalauctions.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1958&p=26224#p26224

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.