Desert in Bloom -
Bolidechaser's 4th Visit to Gold Basin
May 4, 1998
Gold Basin Meteorite (L4) Strewn Field
Mohave County, Arizona
Bolidechaser completes a personal "hat trick".
Bolidechaser's Trip Log:
The snow-melt from four weeks ago has resulted in a lush bloom of virtually every plant in this
portion of the Mojave Desert. The air is thick with their fragrance. I could have filled several
diskettes with images of the plants and their blossoms just in the area where I parked my car.
But, I was on a MISSION!
My mission, here at Gold Basin, was to complete the HAT TRICK or personal TRIFECTA -
to make a third meteorite/impactite/iron shale find in a twenty-four hour period!
Not three of the same meteorite, but three DIFFERENT meteorites!
The day before I was at the Holbrook (L6) Strewn Field where I traded with some
harverster ants for some ~ 4mm micrometeorites. My last find was just before I departed.
On my way home I stopped off at Meteor Crater to take some images
of the west rim in the low angle light of the setting sun.
Meteorite collecting is ILLEGAL here! But while I was standing on the berm of the road
with my camera, I spotted a steel-grey, shiny pebble that jumped onto my magnet!
My 2nd type of "find", technically speaking.
As I continued traveling west, I came upon the idea of completing a personal "trifecta"
or "hat trick".
So, I extend my trip another day. And here I am, again at Gold Basin,
and again on a berm of a road,
and again I find a meteorite. With only four hours to go in the 24 hr period,
I complete the HAT TRICK!
Spring is short in the desert - summer comes early:
Except for that one guy grading the road, I met and saw absolutely no one
while I was at Gold Basin. I didn't expect to see Jim Kreigh or Twink Monrad.
Jim had already told me that he had taken down camp for the summer.
John Blennert, as well as Michael Blood's party, were there earlier
in the week, but had already departed.
The forecast for May in this part of Arizona is for above average temperatures.
There have already been reports of rattlesnakes.
There will be a bumper crop of them this summer.
Be aware. Be careful.
Desert is in bloom
| Along with annuals and seldom seen perennials, every plant was in bloom.
|| In the desert the length of the growing season is mostly dependent on elevation (~2000 - 3000 feet).
Please Report Your Finds
For more information about how to report the location and masses of your finds,
contact Jim Kriegh,
mail: 40 E Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, Arizona 85737
phone: (520) 297-4161
If you want to remain anonymous, or if you want images of your finds to be included
on this web site, then please contact me either by mail at, P.O. Box 237, Sunland, CA., 91040,
or by email at:
Otherwise, contact: TRIPOD
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