Wednesday, 21 May 2008 19:55 | Pollock Pines, CA
I visited on Tuesday, May 20. Just getting to the mine was an amazing journey, passing so many strange geological forms--the flat black plateaus (volcanic rock, I was told) brown mounds, ponds teeming with birds of all kinds (including some strange hen-like bird that kept going "hee bee bee") and finally the mine and some weathered orange rocks carved up by the wind. Yes, I passed those mules, too, on the way back.I enjoyed taking my anger out on the huge chunks of petrified wood, getting to recognize where an opal might be in the process of splitting and sorting out the pieces. By chance a thin branch of white opal rolled out (I never did find the piece it came from again!) but it was the best thing I found. Lots of other petrified wood pieces. I was bummed that the windstorm made it hard to continue, but I did, along with the other crazies, as it's very addictive once you start finding treasures. People were friendly--if it wasn't so far to travel, I would go often. I do hope to come back at some point though.
Paul Bacosa (With Daniel Gross)
Wednesday, 21 May 2008 09:58 | Sunnyvale & Santa Cruz, California
We visited the Mine last Friday, May 16, and had an interesting time. Not much sucess digging except for a few odds and end pieces, but learned a lot about the history of the Mine and surrounding area. We have never been to this remote area and enjoyed seeing the antelopes, wild donkeys, coyotes and various birds. It was unfortunatly very hot the day we were there, unusual for this time of the year but there was a heat wave through out Calif. & Nevada. As had been said, it was very dusty but we expected it. The employees there were helpful and courtious. We stayed in Denio and that was an interesting experience with pleasant people. All in all, it was much fun. Probably was the only time we would do this, but enjoyed the experience. Thank you, Paul Bacosa
Monday, 19 May 2008 13:32 | Colorado
wow!!!had a fantastic time. was there opening day. we absolutely adored Julie. She is a gem. She made us feel so welcome and has a fantaastic personality. Taking care of her mother and the mine, she has it all together... will be back in the fall
Corey & Ivana
Monday, 19 May 2008 12:34 | Dewey Beach, DE
Sunday, 04 May 2008 03:24 | Santa Rosa, Ca.
I am planning to vacation with my daughter this year and am looking for fun things we can do together on our travels.We look forward to seeing at the mine come summer and thanks for all the great information on your website too.
Friday, 18 April 2008 06:02 | So Cal
We visited last September and had a blast. I have a few nice bits that are going to be beautiful when they are finished. I am in the process of learning how to cut and polish gems and hunting for info on curing opal.
Saturday, 29 March 2008 06:59 | nebraska
The season is getting close. I can hardly wait. Hope Joy and Harry are well. Last year Mike and Lee were in charge of the pit. Who will be working this year? Miss see'n all of you.
Friday, 28 March 2008 18:33
Monday, 24 March 2008 05:50 | WASHINGTON
I WILL BE VISITING THERE IN APRIL 2008. I CANT WAIT!!!
Monday, 24 March 2008 01:10 | Michigan
we were planing a visit and we were wondering were and how do you sell the opals?