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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
The 2015 Central California Rockhound Odyssey was a huge success, with much rock and many fond memories taken home by the happy attendees.
I returned home energized by the experience, and dug right in to producing the new Supporting Member T-shirt! Here are the draft graphics, awaiting the printers approval.
Sharing GREAT Field Trips!
See you in the field, friends!
Kris, the Admin
My son and I went to Clear Creek in San Benito County on the Plasma Agate collecting field trip with Chris Rowe and lots of other people from various mineral clubs on April 16th. Our jaunt was a success and I have some beautiful rough to work with. Had a great time in the middle of nowhere. Thanks to Chris for organizing the trip, much appreciation.
One of the common questions that we rockhounds confront is "How do I it legally?"
For the avid rockhound & lapidary, avoiding the pitfalls of commercial activity and collecting on Public Lands is a constant concern. However, the difficulty of finding answers to the question of how to legally collect rocks and minerals for resale leaves most rockhound/lapidaries in grey areas.
Hello, I'm new to this group and going out on trips like the one talked about for this month. What type 4x4 works best for these type trips? I'm thinking of buying something new and the full size trucks seem almost too big, any comments?
Sooner or later, most every rockhound feels the urge to see what they can make of their rocks. For those on a budget, the simple act of looking for affordable grinding & polishing equipment can be discouraging. Never fear, a flat lap may be your answer!
A flat lap is the most affordable and compact grinding, sanding and polishing equipment option available. For apartment dwellers, and those who need compact, portable equipment, it's a great choice. Most modern flat laps fit easily…Continue
Journey to the Himalayas:Geological Mineral Excursion to Humla Region in far West Nepal I am a Kathmandu native and geology enthusiast seeking 1-2 travel partners to join me for an adventure and…Continue
Well folks, I did it. Nobody saw me, but I did do it. That's not quite right, a few people did see me at the Mariposite site, but other than that, I dug in solitude. It was no-ones fault but my…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