Luminance in Crystal
Hosted by Men’s Spirit
When: Sunday, August 20th
Time: After 2nd Service, approximately 12:30pm
Location: CSL Reno Parking Lot
Transportation: Your own SUV, off-road vehicle, or dual-sport motorcycle; or getting a ride with someone with space available.
Destination: WWII Era Crystal Mine to the north of Dog Valley. Travel will be on paved roads to Verdi, then dirt road to the mine. About 20 miles on pavement, 10 miles on dirt. Dirt travel will be slow and dusty, and not advised for cars. Getting there will take about an hour.
Bring: Garden trowel, garden hand pick, bucket, 1/4 to 1/2 inch sifting screen, gloves, water and sun protection
Activity: You will move dirt rich in crystal deposits using the garden shovel and hand pick, placing diggings in the bucket. With the bucket filled sufficiently, you then begin the process of slowly looking for crystals as you return the dirt back to its source. The crystals were surface mined over 70 years ago. You move from place to place looking for the perfect sample. Hillsides in places are quite steep. Most prospectors find a crystal in less than half an hour.
Food and Beverage: Bring your own munchies and liquids, plus camp chairs if you have them. No sites have been developed at the mine. The setting however is beautiful and forested. A perfect tailgate in the woods spot will be found, should you need a break from mining.