Sunstones & Hot Springs: CO-ED ROCKHOUNDING CAMP & RAMBLE! with Alison Jean Cole

Date: Saturday September 21, 2019 - Monday September 23, 2019
Time: 10am meeting time
Location: Offsite
Teacher: Alison Jean Cole
Tuition: $300
Materials: $100

Outdoor enthusiasts! Natural history buffs! Hotspring lovers! Rockhounding Mamas and Papas!

Join us for a weekend expedition to the Oregon/Nevada borderlands, where we'll dive into the geology of the Great Basin desert. We'll hunt for sunstones in Oregon's Warner Valley, search for petroglyphs and hot springs, and collect obsidian and petrified wood in Nevada's Virgin Valley. We'll plan to camp at hot springs both nights, with a healthy and delicious dinner served tent-side by our camp chef. Trip leader Alison Jean Cole considers this region to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. 

We'll be meeting at 10am in Plush, Oregon on Sept 21st. Participants coming from far away should plan to be in the area the night before. Alison recommends staying at the Summer Lake Hot Springs in Paisley or Hunter's Hot Springs in Lakeview. The trip will end near Denio. NV on Monday Sept 23rd. 
Participants have the option of digging opals on Monday before departing at the Royal Peacock Opal Mine. Opal digging is costly-but worth it for all the jewelers and precious-stone collectors in the group! 

Open to adults over the age of 21. Students are responsible for bringing tents and camping gear. Dinner is provided on Saturday & Sunday. All other meals are the responsibility of each student. This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being outside in all weather, including extreme heat, and are active, healthy and able-bodied. We will be hiking in desert conditions, and camping in unimproved wilderness areas. There will be no bathrooms or showers on this trip. A detailed itineray and packing list will be provided prior to the trip. Carpooling is highly recommended- WildCraft will connect all participants and help arrange carpools. Please reach out with any questions about this trip.