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Trip to Oceanview Mine


adam

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Well,

I made arrangements with Jeff about a week in advance of visiting the Oceanview Pegmatite Mine. My sister lives an hour from Pala,CA so I had a place to stay, and that was nice. As you may or may not know, this is one of the only operating pegmatite mines that will allow fee digging. They pile the muck up and essentially let you sift through it. Let me just say that; it is loads of fun for serious rockhounds.

Heres my take for 4 hours of screening.

A small piece of triphane, green tourmalines, one pink tourmaline, 3 aquamarines (one clear), some schorl tourmaline, 2 quartz xl`s one of which is the smokey on far right.

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That's awesome Adam !!!!!

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Just curious but did they offer to buy it back from you?

Rim

Rim,

This stuff would be considered junk compared to what they get out of the pockets inside the mine. They are letting the public enjoy some of the thrill to, and I thank them for the opportunity.

Oceanview Mine owners are onto some great things, and from what I gather, they have aquired the mining rights to another famous mine near by. It should be any rockhounds dream to have an operation like they do, I mean who wouldnt want to dig gemmy pockets of morganite, Kunzite, Triphane,Tourmaline and a host of other minerals found within the pegmatite.. Super exciting for sure.

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Adam,

I've done that before and it's a fun way to spend the day. I used to try and time it to go right after some rain or a good heavy fog so the material would be wet and the gems easier to spot, but even so, you made quite a good haul. Brings back some good memories. Did you hit Pechanga afterwards?

Paul

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Adam,

Did you hit Pechanga afterwards?

Paul

No casinos for me ....I did buy 12 avacados for 5 bucks though.

The guy next to me must have had some good luck because you wouldnt believe the huge triphane spodumene`s he kept finding. He also found some really nnice big aquas with good color...And a huge double terminated quartz....I was amazed at his finds.....its all about where you dig though....

Im going back for sure ....

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Yep, you're right about that. One shovel in the right place can be full of nice finds while another shovel next door is empty. Heck, I think I went there something like 5 weekends in a row and had fun every time.

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