It was a hazey moring with the town of Ripley in the distance, just barely being seen.
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After breakfast, Julie and I headed down to the Opal Hill Mine office.
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A daily fee of 25 dollars is to be paid.
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The owners live in this convered bus.
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Howard showed up in his 4 wheeled mule,him and his wife own Opla Hill.
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Howard uses this small dozer to keep the road clear.
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Howard needed to get his generator started,the pull cord had broken. With my help the generator was humming away in short order.
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This bird has a nest close to here, so no digging was to be done here.
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Howard is showing me some fire agate he has dug up.
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This is the spot I'll be digging at. Howard is teaching me some of the methods to remove the fire agate with as little damage to it as possible.
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Howard been working on a shaded patio area for their home.
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Julie went around taking a few photos while I was digging away,here's where the tailing were dumped.
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Here I'm working on geting my first piece of fire agate out.
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A young father with four kids in tow showed up to do a little digging.
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Getting closer to removing that piece of fire eye from the grip of the earth
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I don't recall his name,but he's working on his first piece out.
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I'm showing Howard that piece of Fire Agate I had just digout, he said it was a nice piece.
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The kids were having fun digging throught the tailings.
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It was time for them to leave.
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A early rise for us this morning,we are headed to the Hauser Geo Beds.
Going out seemed easier this time.
We stopped along the way to shoot a few photos.
Roadside photo of our rig on the way out.
The road maybe rocky, but nothing really hard
There's a lot of volcanic rock in the general area.
Ocotillos showing off their flowers.
Almost half way out.
There are spots where close encounter with bushes will happen.
From here we can see Wiley Well road.
Coon Hollow campground is near by.
Up the road going to the Hauser Beds
A construction crew looking for their jobsite.
This driver asked us if we have seen a construction site around here, I told him of the site we saw yesterday on Bradshaw Trail.
Turn off to the geobeds,we only had a general idea of were it was at.
We wouldn't see another direction sign for many miles.
We noted the BLM route numbers.
Our traveled road would cross the river bed several times.
After a few miles a directional sign appeared.
We would later learn that Hauser Geobeds was a name of a general area and not of a single site.
The road snakes around to where we want to go.
Almost to where we want to be, my thinking was that the van is at the geobeds.
After getting set up and talking to the person that was already there this is how we found out that the Hauser Bed covered several square miles.
It was a beautiful day out here.
Most of what I'd found were small pieces.
Some type of wasp on the hunt for prey.
Another rockhound coming up the road. It turns out this guy travels from one bed area to another looking for geos.
Life even out here finds a way to make it.
Late afternoon at the geobeds,a fire ring was already built, unfortunely the winds did kicked up making a fire out of the question.