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OCTOBER OUTING AT THE HALLIBURTON PROPERTY  Our first Fall outing for 2014 will be held October 10th, 11th and 12th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at the Halliburton property just west of Llano. 

Outing Schedule  The outing will run from Friday 8am to Sunday 5pm. Overnight camping Thursday night (October 9th) is allowed at the property and participants can arrive after 3 pm . There are no additional fees for camping Thursday night. The landowner will prepare a breakfast Saturday morning which will consist of breakfast tacos and coffee. The barbeque dinner Saturday evening will be the usual format and the Sunday breakfast will be donuts and coffee. There are no dinner or breakfast plans for Friday. The dinner and breakfast are not mandatory.

Directions to the property   Click here for a Google map to the outing. There will be signs marking the entrance to the property. From the intersection of Highways 29 and 16 in downtown Llano, head west on 29 for 3 miles. Turn left onto Rio Llano Dr, which is about 100 yards past the Hwy 71 turnoff. Turn right onto Rio Llano Dr West. Turn left onto River Park Drive. Turn right onto Riverside Drive West. The entrance to the property will be on your left and will be marked with a RRGPAA sign. It is 6 miles to the entrance from the downtown intersection in Llano. Look for the RRGPAA signs starting at the entrance to Rio Llano. There will be a sign at every turn through the subdivision all the way to the property entrance.

Prices  $15 entrance fee per day for diggers, children under 12 free. $10 entrance fee per day for non diggers.  There is no charge for people coming in Thursday night. All participants will need to sign a waiver form, just like we do at Malcom's. The outing is open to everyone, you do not have to be a GPAA or Round Rock Chapter member. The barbeque dinner is $12 per person. The dinner will consist of brisket, sausage and chicken along with side dishes and iced tea. The Saturday breakfast will be breakfast tacos (limit 2) with coffee and juice for $5. Sunday's will be no charge, compliments of the landowner. We need a head count on all those who want the dinner by October 5th.

Camping and Accommodations  The property is small, in comparison to Malcom Long's. If there is a large turnout, parking and tent camping will be separate. These outings have grown in size and the landowner has a limited number of parking spots. Therefore, we are asking prospectors with motor homes to check with the Llano Chamber of Commerce for accommodations in the city. There is at least one RV park within a few miles of the property. On the property there is a bathroom and hot water shower house close to the tent camping area. Electricity and running water are also available, but not as camper hookups. There will be a staging area close to the river  where vehicles can  unload equipment. The property can accommodate large groups with a little planning. We will need to know how many will stay overnight and how they plan on camping.

Prospecting  The stretch of the Llano River we will concentrate on has major faulting through it. There are large boulders and deep channels that can be dredged and there are plenty of spots for high banking and sluicing, depending on the river levels. Currently, the river flow is very low which will open up areas that are usually underwater. Things may change if we get significant rains this month. The landowner asks that we do not dig up any plant material either in the river or his property. There will be areas off limits to digging. They will be pointed out to all participants. Please discard all trash and cigarette butts appropriately. There will be extra sluices available and a common highbanker will be set up if needed. Plan to bring a shovel, several buckets and any garden tool which can be used to clean out cracks and crevices. Everyone who works on the common highbanker will have their diggings run individually and their cons dumped into their own buckets.

The landowner is open to any suggestions that will make your outing experience better. Please visit with Hobby while you are there.

Hobby Halliburton will need to know how many dinners to prepare. He will need the headcount by Sunday, October 5th. Please send an email to: October_Outing@roundrockgpaa.net with the number of dinners for your party and if you will be staying overnight and how. (Web Mail users may need to copy the email and paste in your web based email program)

For questions you can contact: Nick Garza or Kevin Green.

ADDITIONAL OUTING NOTES

Chapter T Shirts will be available. Shirts are $20 each.

We plan to have a raffle this time around with a many quality items up for grabs. I’ll update everyone about these great prizes as the outing gets closer.

Several folks have asked if they could bring their dogs with them. The landowner allows “small well behaved dogs on a leash”. The outing is a family oriented event and large dogs running loose have caused problems in the past. Please be respectful.

Camp fires will only be allowed in designated fire pits, which are spread out in the camping area. If you plan to cook your own dinner, please feel free to use the fire pits. (Llano county may have a burn ban in place at the time. We will update this info as we get closer to the outing date.)

Prospecting and rock collecting are only allowed in the river bed. Please do not dig or collect rocks from the property or use any picks or chisels on any of the rock formations adjacent to the river bed. Please do not dig or undercut any of the river banks. The landowner asks that we do not dig up any plants growing in cracks or remove any sections of bedrock in the river bed as this will lead to accelerated destruction of the bedrock. We want Mother Nature to handle this.

No discharge of firearms during the outing. Please keep your firearm secured and out of sight. The GPAA is "Family Friendly".

All activities, items and food are cash only please.

 

UPDATE

Llano Red Top Jail Wild Game Dinner  This dinner is hosted by the Red Top Jail Preservation Society and will start at 6pm this coming Friday. The dinner features local wild game, side dishes, and tea or water. The dinner is free and will be served until the food runs out. Please make a contribution while there to the RTJ Preservation Society. The dinner will be served in the building next to the old jail. The jail is located on Highway 16 just north of the downtown square. Look for the jail on the east side of 16 between the river and the square. We can go as a group for our Friday evening meal.

W. C. Jameson  Renowned treasure hunter and author WC Jameson will join us on Saturday. He will have copies of his treasure hunting books available and plans to speak to the group after dinner. W.C. is an excellent speaker and if you have ever had the opportunity to hear one of his adventures, you know what I mean.

Dahlke Dredges   Eric from Dahlke Dredge Manufacturing will be at the outing to demo a 2.5 inch (and maybe a 4 inch) dredge along with other items that they make. Dahlke Dredges is located in Sealy, TX.

RRGPAA Stuff   We ordered chapter hats and pins just after the Abilene show. These items may be ready in time for the outing. We won’t know until later this week. We will have T Shirts available. We will also have 14 and 10 inch gold pans, snuffer bottles, pipettes and scoops for sale. All proceeds go back to the chapter to get more stuff!

Boo Coo Dirt   Boo Coo is planning to come and will have plenty of his dirt available, along with who knows what.

Weather Conditions   I hate to even bring this up. Last week, the weather forecast for the outing was all sunshine with moderate temps. Now it looks like there may be a stray rain shower possible for the weekend. I don’t think it will amount to much and certainly not affect the river flow, but be prepared for some rain. Murphy’s Law states that if you come prepared, nothing will happen. Let’s hope this is true. I still recommend everyone check our Facebook and website for the latest updates before heading out. Please be safe on the road. Don’t forget to bring bug spray.

Saturday Night BBQ Dinner  Hobby needs a headcount for the dinner ASAP. Please send an email to: October_Outing@roundrockgpaa.net with the number of dinners for your party and if you will be staying overnight and how.

 

Please visit our Facebook page for pictures and video of previous outings.