Last week I discovered some outbuildings to an old mine on the east side of this particular hill in the North Nopah WA. Today, I was trying to find some clues to the west side claims that make up the old Nopah Group. No luck today, the heat too great to stay out too long. —
My good friend Linda Dodge has gone ’round the rock garden to take pictures of rocks and description signs I missed. She has also taken better pictures in many cases of rocks I had already photographed. 78 photos in total, of which I suspect at least twenty will be posted here. Time to start processing. Captions will take a long time to do.
Parking is expensive at U.C. Davis during the weekdays ($10!?) but you can use that parking pass all over campus. Have a picnic in the Shields Oak Grove where I volunteered for many years. All of the arboretum is first class.
They have a fine equestrian center and if you are quiet and not too suspicious looking, you can walk through the stables and consider whether you really want to own a Percheron.
Most campus buildings are probably closed to the public, but when they reopen there are a variety of places to eat. You don’t need to be staff or a student to eat at most of them.
There’s a science library, a law library, and a main library.
If you have a bicycle you will fit right in.
My friend the practicing geologist confirms that I indeed found leucogranite with altered garnet in the Utah Hill area and that it is suitable for study use. I go back to the area this week to look for a pegmatite pocket. Follow me on Instagram, that’s where I report on my field trips.
5115 Quinn Rd Vacaville, California 95688 707-448-5525
38°23.675′ N 121°55.615′ W
I’ve been going here since the late 1960s when I was a kid. I’m not a kid any longer and I am still going. Ask if you don’t see what you are looking for. Or ask if they have a less expensive specimen if something on a shelf is too much. They have many things underneath the counter or in back. They keep their radioactive minerals off the main floor, for example, so be sure to ask to see them.
A little difficult to find because it is on a frontage road. A metal sided building tucked into oleanders. The parking lot won’t be possible for RVs or trailers so you may have to walk in a ways. No public bathrooms, you may want to use the fast food places nearby at the freeway which is I-80.