KOFA  National Wildlife Refuge - February 2009 - photo by John Veevaert
John Veevaert    PO BOX 2182   Weaverville, California  96093  USA  (888) 689-8402



 

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THE ROAD TO TUCSON 

There are quite a few different ways to get from Weaverville to Tucson.  The most direct is to get on I-5 in Redding and take that all the way to I-10 in Los Angeles and then stop when you get to Tucson... Kind of a mind numbing way to get there.  Instead I prefer taking alternate routes that add extra time to the journey but it certainly keeps your mind from feeling oppressed.  This year I headed east to Reno, NV first then dropped down US HWY 395 all the way to I-15 then took that to I-8 to I-10.  There is no real way to avoid some time on the Interstate routes...  Anyway, here's a photo log of the trip to Tucson for 2013.

 

Just east of Redding, California with mt. Lassen in the distance.

   


Further east higher up Mt. Lassen is just above the trees in the center of the road. 

 


Ancient lava flows are everywhere in this volcanic terrain.

 


Past Old Station, California and off in the distance is Mt. Shasta at 14,179 feet is the 2nd tallest of all the Cascade Volcanoes in the United States.

 


A lot of flat land between Mt. Lassen and Susanville, California.

 


Just east of Reno, Nevada there are several prospects in the Cold Springs District.  Wire gold and copper minerals can be found on the dumps.

 


Just entering Reno and the air quality is horrible!

 


About half way between Reno and Carson City, Nevada you pass Washoe Lake.

 


On the Calfornia/Nevada border you find Topaz Lake on HWY 395.

 


Rolling up Walker Canyon on HWY 395

 


Near the turnoff for Markleeville, California on HWY 395.

 


Just north of Mono Lake.  At the top of the grade the elevation is 8300 feet...

 


Mono Lake and the small town of Lee Vining, California.  The mountain near the center of the picture is made entirely of obsidian.

 


Hwy 395 just north of Mammoth Ski resort.


The Palisades in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

 


Near the turn off for Convict Lake on Hwy 395.


Dropping down into Owens Valley.  Inyo Mountains on the left and Sierra Nevada Mountains on the right

 


Pine Creek Tungsten mine of off to the right.  Stunning glacial topography just north of Bishop, Calfornia.

 


Geologic classic!  Lateral moraines.

 


Near Big Pine, California on Hwy 395

 


Owens Lake salt pan. Thanks to the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power. They bought most of the water rights back in the 1920s and pretty much own the place

 


Just about to drop off the Garlock Fault escarpment on HWY 395.


The vast expanse of the Mojave Desert about 45 miles from Victorville.

 


On interstate 15 and going over the El Cajon pass.

 


At the southern end of San Diego County on Interstate 8. Mexico is about 7 miles south of the highway here.

 


California is a trippy place.  El Centro's water supply has the actual sea level marked about 25 feet up the tank...


More broad expanse about 35 miles west of Yuma, Arizona on I-8.

 


I am finally here!  Tucson!!! Yahoo now I can get out of this car after 1388 miles!!


The dinosaurs are back again this year at the Hotel Tucson (Inn Suites).

 

Ok then, not much to talk about yet but Spirifer minerals has a new batch of cobalto calcite from Morocco. Most are pale pink but I did get a few with rich lilac color. They were all very reasonably priced too. They are from the agoudal mine, Bou Azzer, Morocco.


5 cm specimen of the Co-calcites from Morocco.

I stumbled across a new find of linarite and brochantite from the Rajos de California Mine in Copiapo, Chile. Ramos minerals had four specimens and I bought all four. The linarite occurs as compact crystalline masses while the brochantite is acicular in habit. They are on a matrix of chrysocola and goethite.

 
6.5 cm specimen of the new linarite and brochantite from Chile.

 


Here is a 1.74 troy ounce nugget I bought from Kingower, Victoria, Australia.

 


The Inn Suites yesterday. Gotta love those crayon blue Tucson Skies!

The city of Tucson has a lot of construction ongoing now on St. Mary's and Grenada.  Everyone is asking the same qiuestion - why now when the biggest pulse of outside money is here and is being hassled by the poor timing of the construction project.. oh well here we go.  Lots more to come from Tucson 2013!


 
 

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1999
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2000
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2001
Sainte Marie Show
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2002
Tucson Show
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Denver Show
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2003
Tucson Show
Sainte Marie Show
East Coast Show
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2004
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Denver Show
Munich Show
2005
Tucson Show
West Coast Show
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Denver Show
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2006
Tucson Show
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2007
Tucson Show
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East Coast Show
Denver Show
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2008
Tucson Show
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Denver Show
Munich Show
2009
Tucson Show
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East Coast Show
Denver Show
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2010
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Munich Show

2011
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Denver Show
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2012
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2013
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