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APRIL OUTING AT THE HALLIBURTON PROPERTY Our first outing for 2014 will be held April 12th and 13th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Halliburton property just west of Llano.
Outing Schedule The outing will run from Saturday 8am to Sunday 5pm. Overnight camping Friday night is allowed at the property and participants can arrive after 3 pm. There are no additional fees for camping Friday 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. 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. The Saturday fee runs until Sunday morning. Anyone who wishes to prospect Sunday will pay for a second day. There is no charge for people coming in Friday 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 April 6th.
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. The landowner is clearing the road into the property to accommodate class A motor homes, but there will not be any hookups for them. Prospectors requiring hookups can check with the Llano Chamber of Commerce for accommodations in the city. 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 Wednesday, November 6th. Please send an email to: April_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)
ADDITIONAL OUTING NOTES
Chapter T Shirts will be available but in limited quantities. 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.
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.