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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
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Final Itinerary, 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey
This is the final itinerary for the 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey. My thanks to everyone for your patience.
First, a few answers to questions on this, and every RFTF! field trip. There’s no charge for attendance, and I assume no personal liability for attendees. You’re all coming out because you crave a good adventure, and want to find good…
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
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I live in Davis, CA. My 11.5 year old and I are brand new rockhounds and we have pretty much no idea what we are doing LOL. I have my grandfather's old rock pick (he…Continue
To All Interested Rockhounds and fellow RFTF members:Next spring, I will be leading a field trip to 2-3 locations in Mojave Desert (Boron and Barstow) with my fellow club members of the Vallejo Gem…Continue
So I've decided I want to hunt for some precious or semiprecious gems. Area 54 in Panoche is a great adventure but I wanted a little more sparkle in my finds.Anyway, I have read, in various places…Continue
Has anyone been here? Is it still open, looks like it was open last year, but it would be a long drive out to find out it is now closed, anyone know if Nancy Hill is still around or how to contact…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