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Published Date: 2007/11/23 14:15:01
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Field Trip to Heathcote, Victoria to fossick for Jasper at Corop

After a number of very hot days Sunday bought welcome rain and not so welcome wind; in fact, it didn’t look good especially at 8.00am when we left the ClubroomsNot to be daunted, the group moved off in convoy, we were to travel to Melbourne around the Western Ring Road to the Hume Freeway, take the Wallan/Kilmore turn off and arrive at the Visitors Centre in Heathcote between 10.00am & 10.30am.  Simple, easy! Well the theory was beautiful until the Ring Rd. was blocked by falling power lines just before Pascoe Vale Rd. of course this forced the convoy to detour out through Broadmeadows and pick up the Old Hume Highway out near Craigieburn thus causing a delay in arriving at Heathcote, around 11.00am.  At this time all the usual pit stops were observed including coffee.

At Heathcote we were joined by more members, raising the convoy to 12 cars and after a short delay we were on our way to Corop.  Upon getting to Corop the site was easily found.  Fortunately the roadside fire breaks had been reploughed & extended, leaving heaps of Jasper in a variety of colours exposed for members to sort through enabling all to be selective in what they chose to take home, there was plenty for all.  Twenty-eight people picking up stone in the rain was a testament to their dedication (I think)  Some of us shorter people suffered somewhat from the lack of oxygen in the rarefied atmosphere of altitude, as the more you walked on the ploughed area the taller you got as the mud collected on your shoes.  Not to be daunted, everyone chose great specimens. Luckily a break in the weather occurred and we gathered under the peppercorn trees for lunch; BBQ, Sangers, coffee even red wine a reward for some. 

A good social time was enjoyed by all. One interesting feature of the area was a large rock of pink Jasper; (see photo) many have tried to take samples –unsuccessfully.  Alf still had a couple of spots up his sleeve and after making contact with the property owner we were permitted to collect further samples from the paddocks of his property.  While we did collect a few more slightly different colours, everybody had filled a bucket at the previous location. On the way back we stopped near Lady’s Pass where everyone got a piece of green Jasper.  It was from here that we all dispersed and made our way back to Geelong.  Some of us decided to go back the way we had come, an easy drive until yet another detour due to road works just out of Heathcote, causing a half hour delay.  I should have followed Alex.  Finally we made it home very satisfied with the day out and our finds. 

I’m looking forward to the Jack Graham Competition next year as the Heathcote Jasper is the nominated material. I hope everyone attending enjoyed the day as much as we did. 

Thanks Alf.


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