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The RFTF! 2014 Mojave Desert Rockhound Odyssey - November 14 - 22, 2014 at Mojave Desert

November 14, 2014 to November 22, 2014
The RFTF! 2014 Mojave Desert Rockhound Odyssey November 14 - 22, 2014During the 2014 RFTF! Central California Odyssey, many attendees requested a Mojave Desert Odyssey. RFTF! member Desert Kat volunteered to help organize, and suggested we begin with the Victorville Gem Show, November 14 - 16.This is your chance to help build the Odyssey itinerary by suggesting field trip sites. Victorville will be our base, since it's roughly 1.5 hours maximum drive to many popular Mojave Desert rock…See More
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Early 2013

We celebrated reaching 450 members by starting our own

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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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Hi, rockhounds! I'm (slowly!) undertaking a slight redesign of the RFTF! front page, and would appreciate your comments and suggestions. My aim is to bring the Events, Blogs and other member features to the forefront, and encourage wider participation. Let me know how it works for you, okay?
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Mineral Collectors, 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…

Posted by Gary Parsons on August 26, 2014 at 10:43am 0 Comments

Mineral Collectors,

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…

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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 4 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.

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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.

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Going to Navada this weekend toward Coaldale

Started by Daulton W Ruff. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff Aug 22. 2 Replies

My cousin and I are headed out of California at Big Pine toward "the sump" and Coaldale from 264 to 773 to 95 looking for jasper, agate and what ever we see. Does anyone have any suggestions, hints…Continue

Field trip to Stony creek near Black Butte reservoir

Started by David Lang. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe Aug 15. 9 Replies

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

At MAGMA Roundup, Asheville, NC

Started by Ann McBeth. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe Aug 2. 1 Reply

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

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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