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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
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I finally found and bought a vintage HP lapidary unit that is in good shape with three diamond wheels and two expanding drums. On the same day at another location we visited a friends home who's father had passed ten years ago and who had a work shop in back with several pieces of equipment. The woman hadn't visited the shop in many years and had decided to sell what she had. We purchased most of it with the contingency we pay her the actual value when it was sold. All of it requires a lot…Continue
There is an easy collecting locality, west of Jenner, in Sonoma Co., California. The site is along Coast Highway 1, about a quarter mile north of where the Russian River goes out to sea. The mineral is dark blue Glaucophane Schist with brown Pyrope Garnets through-out. The coast highway passes through the middle of the collecting locality for easy access, but parking is very limited along the west side of the highway. On the…Continue
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.
Hi. I'm the new kid on the block but I took the liberty of posting 4 videos I had made a while back. They pretty well take you from a preform to a finished cabochon. Hope you enjoy and learn…Continue
Has anyone been to Stoney creek area for Jasper? It is well known for high quality material . is it still productive? it's about the same distance from my house as area 54. thought I might give it a…Continue
After sorting through 1/2 a ton of shale last year I found absolutely nothing! I plan another return this coming Saturday and wonder if anyone has any tips. Does anyone know at what depth trilobite…Continue
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