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New Meetup: Mineral Hill - Sykesville - March 27 - Please RSVP

From: Wayne H.
Sent on: Friday, March 19, 2010 7:48 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Central Maryland Rock and Mineral Collectors Exchange!

What: Mineral Hill - Sykesville - March 27

When: Saturday, March 27,[masked]:00 AM

Mineral Hill in Sykesville Maryland
MD Route 32 parking on right immediately after bridge
Sykesville, MD 21784

This area is open for minimal public use (dogs and kids are allowed). The posted signs say NO HUNTING, NO FIREARMS, NO SWIMMING, NO WADING, NO CAMPING, ICE SKATING, NO ALCOHOL, NO FIRES AND NO BOATING - fortunately (for us) there is no sign that says no rock collecting.

I will be planning on arriving at Mineral Hill on March 27th approximately at 9 am. I plan on rock collecting until about 3:30 pm then I expect to change clothes and head over to Sykesville to catch a late lunch/early dinner.

There will be about 20-30 other club members there.

Now, the way that I got directions there was to bring up Google, and I typed in exactly:
N[masked], W[masked]

Which seemed like a really strange address but it put me Exactly at the parking area at the trail head. (It is on RT 32 about 4 miles north of RT 26 just across the bridge).

The trail head meanders downhill about ? mile or so and then comes very close to a dry shoreline (sorta dry). Then, just past where the bank begins to turn back towards the lake, I found a small trail and followed that towards the lake also. Just as it rounded the hill to the left, I found the mine dump. That is where I will begin my diggings (although this time I do intend to go to the upper area as well).

What to bring- Well, for me, I am sure to bring the following to make my adventure smarter and safer:
- Shoes that grip - Hiking/climbing shoes best, Tennis Shoes with good traction OK unless it is wet that day
- Gloves that you can work in (rocks can be sharp)
- Hammer - 22oz is best, but framing hammer works OK, but I like my mini-sledge the best
- Eye Protection - Full face shield is the best, safety glasses are OK, reading glasses/sunglasses are not good (unless they are rated safety glass)
- Collecting bag - Backpack (one that can handle sharp/heavy rocks), a rolling cart is not a good idea - the trail meanders through a wooded area and has a steep pitch at times.
- Water (bottled water or canteen - That you will take out with you when you leave)
- Change of clothes - I got pretty dirty the last time I was there (and I intend to get even dirtier, I am sure that you will too...)

I might also bring:
- Mineral Identification book
- Crowbar
- small (collapsible Shovel)
- First-aid kit
- Cell phone
- FRS/GMRS radio (walkie-talkie)
- Compass (not electronic ) to test for magnetite
- Magnet - to test for magnetite
- Scrub brush
- Wet knaps
- Hand cream (for afterwards)
- Money (for restaurants nearby)
- ID
- Safety vest
- Maul Hammer (but it is a long walk to the Mine Dump)
- 16lb Digging Bar
Oooooh, I-m dying to try out my 7ft 16lb digging bar - but - it is a long walk with an extra 16lb staff - although it is great for fending off bears (and other rock collectors).

There are no restroom facilities without a drive. So, take care of that before you get there!

If you have any questions, my Cell phone number is[masked]-2963.

Wayne Homens
p.s. BYOS (bring your own Sherpa)

p.p.s - Don't forget to respond YES to this March 27th meetup at Mineral Hill!

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