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Trip to DANBY Dry Lake 1-2-2011


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All,

If anyone is needing to get out...

Heading for Danby Dry Lake tomorrow. Should be somewhere near 34° 13' 14.41"N 115° 03' 10"W about 9AM

Jim

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Jim

I'm waiting for your report, I hope that you started out your New Years with a big find, photos to come?

Rick

Hi Rick!

The report!

The sunrise was awesome this morning from our view. We headed West toward Danby. Weather was calm and a very cool 30 degrees in Parker. We had ice on the windshield!

The wife and I had been out in the desert the day before and somewhat expected it to be wet in most of the lake area. Once we turned onto the dirt road (Cadiz Rd??) the first wash crossing we came to was filled with water! We looked at each other and said oh-boy! About the same time we could see the dry lake pretty good and noticed most of it was holding water. We continued on and each wash we past had flowed during the last storm. The road was good enough in 2 wheel drive with the occasional puddle.

The night before, I had loaded the GPS coordinates for the meteorite find at Danby and we were on track, getting closer by the minute! Of course being a 51 yr old kid, I had to hit some of these mud puddles we went by! What kid can stay out of the mud, right? :inocent:

Finally arriving at the location, I circled the location my GPS was telling me was the spot.

It ended up being a back yard of an old old railroad type building that has since disappeared. Carbon welding rods and all kinds of small pieces of rusted cans everywhere! At first, I thought I had parked on top of a flaked out meteorite. I did quickly figure out those small flakes were old rusted metal and burnt flux and slag. There must have been millions of slag BB's ranging from the size of a BB to 00 buckshot. Someday, I am going to obtain a magnet large enough so that when I get out of my truck the meteorites will just be sucked right out of the ground! :yuk-yuk:

I noticed some old railroad iron laying in the dirt. It appeared to be eaten up by the nature of the dirt and I started wondering how long a meteorite could last out there! Not long I suspect.

We took off with the magnet sticks heading for the main body of the lake. It was very obvious at this point the lake was filled with water....and lots of it. However, we could easily scout much of the area between the tracks and the wet part of the lake...which is in the area of the coordinates given for the find. Could we trust those coordinates? Honestly do not know, after dealing with the Bouse meteorite location. In any case, the hunt was on.

Parts of this area look like Mars. Well, we walked and walked slowly making our way toward the water. Did not find anything. I did keep noticing some rock that looked like impactite.

I really need to read up on impactite. We walked from 9 am to 2 pm, wore out the dog and felt like if I bent over one more time, I might not get back up, so we called it a day.

Honestly, I have been there before, for other reasons and this time was to jog the memory glands! We found a good place to camp and will be returning once the lake dries up. Maybe an over nighter.

Wendy got to check out her new Belleville Desert Combat boots and she really liked them.

So that's the story....I am heading for the couch!

Jim

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Jim good report, we drove down to Nipton CA yesterday and all the dry lake beds were wet!

Way to much water to try to drive out on, as this story tells of someone that tried it today down in Primm! I don't think that you will be getting out on that lake beds any time soon as there is another storm moving in tonight!

Even if you didn't find anything it's always good just to get out and walk around! I was hoping that you would have found something, old cans can be fun to dig when they rusted away, and you are digging nothing but rust, that you can't even see! I have been there and done that in some of the ghost towns, dig, dig ,dig only to find nothing, then realize what I have been digging is just rust from a old can!

Metro rescues group after truck gets stuck in muddy lake bed

This story is brought to you By Jackie Valley (contact) and the Las Vegas Sun

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/02/metro-rescues-6-after-trucks-get-stuck-muddy-lake-/

Have fun out there and keep looking Jim, PM me when you are going again!

Rick

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Okay,

Check this out....what do you think???

This is one of two my wife found. As I mentioned earlier, the iron is quickly eaten by the chemical nature of the dry lake. I think this is a meteorite that has been eaten away. It is still as magnetic as the Frannies but has less metal flakes.

It is about 20 grams but the cat grabbed it and ran off with it before I could weigh it. We are currently hunting for meteorites in the House!mad0229[1].gif

https://k7wfr.us/Danby/DANBY02JAN11c.JPG

https://k7wfr.us/Danby/DANBY02JAN11b.JPG

https://k7wfr.us/Danby/DANBY02JAN11a.JPG

Jim

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Hi Jim,

It has possibilities. From a distance, I like what I see. When you get it back from the cat, (it probably got batted under the couch) could you please take some close-ups of the stone in sunlight?

Thanks, Ben

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Well, the saga continues...

After a 30 minute hasty search, I could not come up with anything in the house. Where on earth could that cat have taken this rock??

I collected myself and decided to do this the right way.

Let's see, I was on the couch with the laptop, the rock, and the camera downloading pictures to the laptop. The PLS (Point Last Seen). I attempted to gather witness statements. Let's see....there is the Baby, the senior cat, Muffy, the orange cat and Hershey, the Pitbull. Then, there is the Little Black Kitty who was suspect. None of them would talk. And the Pit demanded a cookie to just get her off the couch. So, this was not going to be easy.

I decided after the Hasty search came up with nothing, to grid off the front part of the house. I did not recall the culprit going down the hallway during this whole process. I decided to use the floor tiles as my grids :rolleyes:. I then preceded to conduct an Expanding Square search pattern in each grid. After 30 minutes, I had cleared the living room. It was off to the kitchen!

I began my search and in a few moments I was into my 20th grid area. Bame!party-smiley-027[1].gif There it was! 21st grid setting right behind the kitchen table leg where you could not possibly see it just looking around!

After moving the furniture back in place, I weighed it. 19.1 grams.

Well it's dark right now and I will await the sun to come up. I have bagged the rock so the animals can't get to it. My wife claims she thinks she could train a dog to sniff out meteorites!!! Interesting thought! Our Pit, BTW, is the first certified (Animal Assisted Therapy, AAT) PitBull in AZ and works as a therapy dog for young kids who have gotten into trouble with the law, and seniors in hospitals.

Pictures to follow later in the morning.....just thought you would enjoy this story or think I am a frickin nut case! ahahaha!

Jim

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Okay,

Here are the pics! I put them on a mini webserver here at the house. If you do not get these, let me know and I’ll put them somewhere else…

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11D.JPG

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11E.JPG

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11F.JPG

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11G.JPG

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11H.JPG

http://d11cga.no-ip.org/DANBY02JAN11I.JPG

Cross’in my fingers!

Jim

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Great photos Jim, ,now all you need to do is get the cat to focus the camera for you, if you have a macro setting that would help, glad you found it again, looking forward to seeing the photos in focus! You might also want to shot you space rock with a tripod, and the camera set on a time shot, so you get no camera shake!

Rick

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Great photos Jim, ,now all you need to do is get the cat to focus the camera for you, //snip

Rick

happy0193[1].gifI gotta quit drinking so much coffee! That WAS in macro on a tripod with a 10 second countdown. 3 of the pics are very focused and the last one Ii was trying to hold the rock so you could see the metal flakes. You can still see them just blurred out. action-smiley-016[1].gifRock shows are coming up, so I think I'll just bring it with me. This camera stuff is not my cup of tee! I have to work on that!

Nobody commented about the background picture! Gee Wiz!!!

Jim

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Jim I think I said :

Great photos Jim, ,now all you need to do is get the cat to focus the camera for you

I would have gave you a A if you were in a photo class for composition , but a F for focus. Ha, Ha!

Take the rock to Quartzsite it runs 1 - 30 of this month!

I hope to see you out in the fields in the near future!

Rick

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  • 1 month later...

Went to Danby the other day...of course when you retire. you kinda loose track on which day it is!

Anyways, posted a short video for those who have never been to Danby Dry Lake.

Still a little water in it. Some had buzzed all around on an ATV and you could tell they stopped at or drove by every rock out there. Too bad they did not pick them up!!!

http://desertsunburn.no-ip.org

Jim

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Went to Danby the other day...of course when you retire. you kinda loose track on which day it is!

Anyways, posted a short video for those who have never been to Danby Dry Lake.

Still a little water in it. Some had buzzed all around on an ATV and you could tell they stopped at or drove by every rock out there. Too bad they did not pick them up!!!

http://desertsunburn.no-ip.org

Jim

Jim you have way to much time on your hands great video. See you on Sat, at Franconia coming down with the Great Stan.

Seeeeeeeeee You there...!

Rick

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Rick, nothing came through!...just the quote.

Jim

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I think the ATV tracks were mine Yep I spent a whole day griding the lake and found very little, I did find some iron bomb frags on the lakebed and then out towards the middle of the lakes south end I found what had made them Pic below. I did find some targets near the road near where the main mass was found but they were deeper then I could dig with my hand pick so I marked them on the gps for another time, Supper cool Place.

Bryan

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Jim too neat, you have way to much time on your hands, see you at Franconia on Sat. Coming down with Stan!

Oh cool! You and Stan can help me carry out that Big meteorite Wendy will probably find...now that she is a Franconia veteran hunter now and all!! (ducking as things fly by).

:wacko:

Look forward to seeing you all.

Jim

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