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              BGMS 2009 FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS     03/28/09

 

DATE

 

LOCATION

 

GUIDE/CONTACT

 

Mar 14
Sat

 

241 mi Bus Trip to Spokane, WA with Missoula Hellgate Club to attend Spokane 48th Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show.  At fairgrounds.

 

Bob Riggs - Hellgate Club
406-543-3667

 

Apr 18-19
   Sat-Sun

 

Helena Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show: Helena Civic Center, Neill/ Park Aves, Sat 10:00-6:00, Sun.10:00-5:00
166 mi – about 2 hours 39 mins

 

Gary Parisi
406-442-1226
pplumbing@qwest.net

Apr 25-26
Sat-Sun

Anderson Ranch on Sweetwater Road 15 miles east of Dillon for garnets for BGMS Show garnet table. 150 mi – about 3 hours

Wayne Farley
375-1341

 

   Apr 28
   Tue

 

Potluck and Auction: Corvallis Community Church,
CE Building behind church. 6:30 to 9:00 pm

 

Jo Farley
406-961-0080

May 2
Sat

 

Trip with Missoula Hellgate Club to Deer Creek, 5 miles E of Missoula - Selenite Roses (fluorescent tan with shortwave)
Meet at East Gate Shopping Center, 10:00 am..

 

Bob Riggs - Hellgate Club
406-543-3667

 

May 9-10
Sat-Sun

 

Bozeman 50th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Gallitan Co. Fairgrounds, Black & Tamarack, 10:00 to 6:00 Sat & !0:00 to 4:00. 230 mi – about 3 hours 38 mins

Dan Carter 588-4552


Doug Ellis 266-4452
opalcrusher@hotmail.com

 

May 23-24
  Sat-Sun

 

BGMS/MT-Council State Gem & Mineral Show, Bitterroot River Inn, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive, Hamilton, MT

 

Steve Vieth 363-2632
stevevieth@gmail .com

May 30
Sat

West Fork, S. of Darby. Area to be determined.

Harvey Sharp
363-1590

June 13-14
Sat-Sun

Butte Show – Civic Center – 1340 Harrison
145 mi – about 2 hours 31 mins

Pete Knudsen
406-496-4395

June 20-21
Sat

Anaconda with Missoula Club on Sat., on road from Anaconda to Wise River. Jasper and druzy quartz.  With Wayne Farley. Travel to Calvert Hill Sat evening and camp for a night to hunt for fluorescent minerals. Collect garnet and epidote and other minerals on Sun.

Jay Whitcomb
406-549-9191

Wayne Farley
375-1341

June 27-28
Sat-Sun

Black Pine Mine with Missoula Club.  10 miles NW of Philipsburg, MT.  80 miles over Skalaho, about two hours. 53 different minerals.  Common are quartz, malachite, azurite, tetrahedrite, hubnerite, pyrolusite, pyrite, and fluorescent stolzite.
A complete mineral list at: http://www.mindat.org/loc-3875.html
Stay Sat overnight with Wayne Farley for fluorescent minerals.

Bob Riggs
543-3667

Wayne Farley
375-1341

 

July 3-5
Fri-Sun

 

110 mi to BGMS Blue Grouse Claim, Salmon Idaho
Collect blue common, fire-opal (if you are lucky), fluorescent agate & opal, and Jasper on Williams Creek Road.

 

Ralph Luther
961-3663

July 18-19
Sat-Sun

Kalispell Show, NW MT Rock-Chucks, at Outlaw Hotel, 1701 US Highway 93 S, Kalispell, MT, 166 mi – about 3 hours 3 mins

Sandy Dahl 406-212-1300
dahlsl@centurytel.net

July 18-19
Sat-Sun

Kalispell Rock Club Show, , Cavanaugh's, Center Mall, 20 N. Main, 166 mi – about 3 hours 3 mins.

Dana Anderson
1-406-261-8488

Jul 30-Aug 2
Thur 10-5
Fri 10-5
Sat 10-5
Sun 10-5

NFMS/AFMS combined Show hosted by Billings Gem & Mineral Club, 51 year
Holiday Inn Grand Montana, 5500 Midland Rd, Billings, MT
368 mi – about 5 hours 33 mins
Aug 3-10 Field Trips  Schedule at end of this report

Doug True
406-670-0506
dtruefossils@yahoo.com

Aug 8

Sat

BGMS Annual picnic and auction at Jo Farley=s place at  129 Martin Dr., Corvallis

Jo Farley

406-961-0080

Aug 15-16
Sat-Sun

 

70 mi to Snowbird Mine with Missoula Club:
Parasite-(Ce), Fluorite, Quartz, Scapolite, Rutile, Annabergite
Meet at Lolo Hot Springs 9:00 am, collect Sat 12 to 4 pm
Camp overnight at mine on Sat for fluorescent rocks.  

Wayne Farley 375-134
wfarley@far.myrf.net

Bob Riggs 543-3667

 

Aug 26-30
Wed-Sun

All club Rendezvous sponsored by Butte Club at Anderson Ranch on Sweetwater Road 15 miles east of Dillon. Agate, Opal, Jasper, Wonder Stone, Talc, Marble, Garnets, Star Sapphires, Fossils.
150 mi – about 3 hours

Wayne Farley 375-134
Tim Hoff 491-3587

Sept 8-9
Sat-Sun

Hellgate Mineral Society, 2009 Gem & Mineral Show
Missoula, MT, Ruby’s Inn, 4825 N Reserve St, 45 miles, 1 hour

Bob Riggs
406-543-3667

 

Oct 17-18
 Sat-Sun

 

Lewiston, Idaho Gem & Mineral Show: Nez Perce Co. Fairgrounds, 10:00 to 6:00 Sat & 10:00 to 5:00 Sun. 242 mi – about 5 hours 11 mins

 

Jack L. Edwards
509-529-3673

 

Dec 19
        Sat

 

Christmas Party: Potluck & Auction, Corvallis Community Church, CE Building behind church. 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Jo Farley
406-961-0080


 

 

 

FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE
NFMS/AFMS Show and Convention
2009 Earth & Sky Treasures
July 30 – August 2, 2009

Please Note: All field trips are scheduled after the show between the dates of August 3, and August 10, 2009. This makes it possible for all involved in the show to be able to participate in the trips.
All persons attending the field trips will be asked to sign a liability release.

Monday, 3 August,
BEAR CANYON, in new collecting area next to the old. Collect black and white fortification agate. This area has been known by locals for years, but one of Montana’s best kept secrets. The trip will also include several nearby fossil locations. This location 75 miles south of Billings.

Tuesday 4, August,
Stillwater Mine Smelter, Processing plant, Columbus, Montana, World’s largest Platinum, Palladium Mine, Guided Tour. Located 40 miles west of Billings. On I-90.

Tuesday 4, August
Geology of the Pryor Mountains, led by Dr. David Lopez, senior research geologist, for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Tech. The trip will be a tour of the Pryor Mountains with stops showing special features and geological structure. This is a beautiful trip in itself and will be great fun.

Wednesday 5, August
Travel to Glendive, Montana, Afternoon Fieldtrip to some gravel bars on the Yellowstone River. Collect Montana Agate, Petrified Wood, Fossils. 1pm start will give everyone plenty of time on the river, as sun goes down around 9pm. 220 miles east of Billings on I 94.

Thursday 6, August
Glendive, Montana Area. Hell Creek Formation, Cretaceous Period. Collect Fossil Pine cones, Petrified wood, Fossil leaves, Figs, Iron concretions. There are also Dinosaur Bone, sharks teeth, and Crock teeth but there are restrictions on collecting vertebrate fossils as we will be on BLM land. 15 miles south of Glendive.

Thursday 6, August
Glendive Area, River gravel bars collecting agate, fossils, Jasper, pet wood etc This trip will be optional, if we get enough collectors that want to go out again after the Wednesday trip, or for those that arrive late and missed the first trip. Gravel bars are within 15 miles of Glendive.

Friday 7, August
Glendive area - Pierre Shale - Cretaceous Period - Central Seaway. You will be Collecting, Baculitidae, Scaphitidae, Nautilidae, brachiopods, and more. 20 + - miles south east of Glendive.

Saturday 8, August
Hysham, Montana: Bearpaw shale, Ammonites (Placenticeras) schaphitidae, baculites, and other material: (this trip is tenitive, as we don't have final approval from the Grazing District.) 85 miles east of Billings.

Saturday 8. August
Portal Creek, approx 30 miles south of Bozman, Montana, Petrified wood, agate nodules, Beautiful mountains trip. Bozman is 145 miles west of Billings on I-90.

Other trips or locations that are being studied.
Special opening of Spenser Opal mines, Idaho. Fee Dig Sapphire Dig, Helena or Gem Mountain Crystal Park, Quartz crystals, scepters etc.
For more information contact: Doug True dtruefossils@yahoo.com

 

 

 
     
 
 
     

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