From Our Club President: I'll take the time now to announce our next prospecting outing: The January outing will be held on the weekend of the 14, 15 & 16th at the Blackjack Claim. Our staging area will be the 'general store'. Old man Schaffer closed the doors to this establishment in 1938, so don't expect to pick up any supplies, but it does make a nice flat camping spot. The foundation from the store is still intact and there is an old time arrastra nearby. It takes about an hour to get from 29 Palms to the claim, and maybe more. Due to the condition of the roads, 4-wheel drive is mandatory, especially with recent road conditions being unknown. Much of the land in this area is unclaimed, so there is plenty of opportunity to prospect off claim and discover a new patch (I know of two that were found this way in the last few years.) If you have never been there and would like to be guided in, Lucky Joe plans to leave the Circle K parking lot at the East end of 29 Palms at 8:00am on Saturday morning to go to the claim. If you are new to prospecting, there will be plenty of instruction and help available. I hope many of you can make it. If you have questions, please call Joe at 562-999-2428.