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UPDATED! - RFTF! 2016 Central California Rockhound Odyssey - April 9 - 16, 2016 at Throughout Central California

April 9, 2016 to April 16, 2016
The RFTF! Central California Rockhound Odyssey is one of my favorite rockhounding trips. I get to share my "backyard" with rockhound friends, both old and new.The third annual RFTF! 2015 Central California Rockhound Odyssey begins with the Mariposa Rock & Gem Show, and ends with my annual rockhound birthday party at Area 54.I'm already hard at work on the itinerary for this trip, so stay tuned!KrisSee More
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Created by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013 at 7:07pm. Last updated by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013.




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Fall's here ... It's Field Trip Time!

Hi, rockhounds!

After a long, hot (and smoky!) Summer, it's finally Autumn. The Fall Show's are in full swing, and upcoming field trips are in the planning stage. 

Here are some possibilities I'm working on for Fall & Winter:

October - Poppy jasper - The location? It's still a secret!

November - The fall Mojave Desert Rockhound Odyssey

December -  The Annual Last Blast! field trip

January - The 1st Arizona Rockhound Odyssey

These are all in the planning stage, and I'm open to suggestions for sites and looking for co-leaders for these trips. 

As always, feel free to post your own field trips, Club Shows and Shop Days, and other Events. Additionally, members are encouraged to post their rocks, lapidary equipment, jewelry and other on-topic wares in the Photo stream. If you need help doing so,  just message me.

The NEW RFTF! Supporting Member T-shirts are here!

This year, due to popular demand, I'm offering members a choice of artwork on the front, or back. Priced at $24.95, each t-shirt order includes a RFTF! Supporting Member window sticker and luxury USPS Domestic Priority Mail shipping. Each purchase supports the 0ngoing mission of RFTF! ...

Sharing GREAT Field Trips!

Order yours today at The RFTF! Rock Shop T-shirt page.

See you in the field, friends!

Kris, the Admin


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Afton Canyon view and GPS coordinates to last site visited

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on November 25, 2015 at 1:09pm 2 Comments

Before the gangs next trip out to the "wash" which I can't remember the name of, I want to show as best I can what, and where my cousin Joe and I found on this little brown hill after the first "intersection" in the sand road after traveling on BLM road 9604. The coordinates of the hill are 34d58'48.5"N x 116d20'21.88"W. In the wash to the right there is nothing that I could find and neither could we find anything to the left. Everything is on that hill. Digging will probably yield more than…


The Budget Lapidary #1: Al's Intarsia Grinder, the low cost, high quality, all purpose flat lap machine.

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on November 12, 2015 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

 The greatest barrier to those who want to try out the lapidary arts today are the high cost of quality machinery, and having the dedicated space to use it. Happily, one longtime lapidary enthusiast has taken on the challenge of inventing, constructing and selling a lapidary grinder that easily overcomes those challenges.

That machine is Al's Intarsia Grinder, created by…


"Area 54" -- Little Panoche Creek area, November 2015

Posted by Connie Stillinger on November 11, 2015 at 3:00pm 3 Comments

This was my first field trip with a rockhound group ever.    The people were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful; the weather was perfect; and the rock hunting was plentiful.   I got a couple of nice pieces.   Here are a couple of pictures of the area, including a few hives of the bees that loved my car so much (the bees were very docile, I just shoo'ed them away and they didn't bother me).    I'll post pictures of my rock finds later when I have a chance.…



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Started by Jai Odyssea 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi all very excited to be a part of the group. i live up in Tahoe and look for minerals from everywhere between Fallon Nevada to Georgetown ca. I am always looking to find people to dig with and am…Continue


Started by Erlina vicente Nov 18. 0 Replies

Anyone know of some good locations in northern CA to find some samples of graphite ore?

American Turquoise

Started by Joe M. Last reply by Joe M Oct 31. 2 Replies

Does anyone know where can I find this type of Turquoise?  Appreciate for any comment or help.  JoeContinue

Tags: Turquoise, American

San Bernardino Nat'l Forests Western Sides

Started by Mike Oct 25. 0 Replies

good evening fellow rockhounds,any ideas on what to look for and where to visit in the San Bernardino Nat'l Forests- western side?thank youContinue

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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