Trip Report(s)

Great Benitoite Treasure Hunt

posted Mar 20, 2009, 6:41 PM by Coalinga Rockhounds   [ updated Mar 22, 2009, 8:53 AM ]

March 7th was our 3rd annual search for Benitoite, California's State Gem.  After rain earlier in the week, Mother Nature provided us with a perfect day for treasure hunting.  There were approximately 65 Rock hounds that traveled to the extreme Westside of the San Joaquin Valley to try their luck, and many walked away with at least a specimen of the blue gem; while a few lucky ones took home gem quality crystals.  I hope everyone had a good time and we hope to have a 4th annual trip next year.  (Click on the "Photos" link on the Navigation menu to see pictures taken by Cindy Ramsey.)

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