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Doing what Rockhounds do ... Sharing GREAT Field Trips!

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Fresno Gem & Mineral Society

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies


Tule Gem & Mineral Society

Visalia, Ca.


Coalinga Rockhound Society


Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club


Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.


Reno Gem & Mineral Society


Roseville Rock Rollers Gem & Mineral Society -

Feel free to send you local Club or Society link. I'll be happy to feature it here - Kris


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We celebrated reaching 450 members by starting our own

ProBoards Forum.

Now we've topped 500 members, and the Forum is ready!

Lots of topics and categories have been set up,…


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Good spots for hunting around Russian River, Healdsburg, Cloverdale & Highway 116?

Posted by kelly everett on July 26, 2014 at 11:46pm 2 Comments

Greetings All:

I have been wanting to get out to some Sonoma county beauty for a day trip from the San Jose area and also would LOVE to do some hunting for jaspers, agates, petrified wood, Franciscan complex high grade minerals (glaucophane, eglocite) actinolite, etc.. Does anyone have any recommendations for good spots to look around up there? I'm fairly familiar with 101 area and west highway 116.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



meteorite found in Perris CA

Posted by Lisa Douglas on March 31, 2014 at 3:17pm 3 Comments

My son found this meteorite in Perris CA,on the way home from school! It's 110.9 grams with a density of 4.69 it has a fusion crust.A crystalline metallic interior and exterior regamaliths.What do you guys think of it?Would anyone be willing to slice and etch it for me in exchange for some?

Clear Creek ACEC entry permit webpage - 03/2014

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on March 21, 2014 at 6:49pm 1 Comment

Here's a link to the BLM Clear Creek Serpentine ACEC permit Webpage.

Be sure to read the entire page before downloading the permit application.

The email…


More on the Clear Creek re-opening

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on March 3, 2014 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Hi, geoenthusiasts!

                                    Here's the latest word on the rules for accessing the Serpentine ACEC at Clear Creek, beginning on March 15th. Many thanks to Bill Spence of the Bay Area Mineralogists for his time, effort and dedication to this project. I'll have more details on permits for the Rockhound Odyssey tomorrow.…



At MAGMA Roundup, Asheville, NC

Started by Ann McBeth Jul 20. 0 Replies

Kris, can you come join us for any trips or to visit? Ann & John

At MAGMA Roundup, Asheville, NC

Started by Ann McBeth Jul 20. 0 Replies

Kris, can you come join us for any trips or to visit? Ann & John

Topaz Mountain

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Hello ---   Glenn and I are planning a trip to Utah this Septemberand I would love to go to Topaz Mountain has  anyone made the tripany information on rock hounding there would be appreciatedplease…Continue

Rock tumbling rookie needs help

Started by John A. Bell. Last reply by John A. Bell Jun 23. 2 Replies

Hello, I've just spent a month tumbling some Obsidian I collected in SE Nevada and the results are less than pleasing. They looked pretty good after the pre polish stage, but after final polishing…Continue

About the disclamer on each Field Trip page ...

On the advice of a sensible attorney friend, I've added a liability disclaimer to each Field Trip announcement. This is to cover my a*s.
The disclaimer does not imply any unusual danger.
Fact is, a sensible individual is far more likely to come to harm in their own neighborhood than out in "the wild." I do my best to assure that my own Field Trips maximize comfort and accessibility, and are "family friendly."
I recommend traveling to any "off road" destination with no less than 2 vehicles. Thankfully, I've yet to experience any of the horror stories I've read of danger and deprivation, due to my penchant for over-planning.

The mountains and desert can be dangerous to the unprepared, but on the average, crossing the street in town is far more deadly.

Kris, the Site Admin

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