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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, 2014The Final Itinerary has been posted!FIND IT HERE!KrisSee More


Early 2013

We celebrated reaching 450 members by starting our own

ProBoards Forum.

Now we've topped 500 members, and the Forum is ready!

Lots of topics and categories have been set up,…


Created by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013 at 7:07pm. Last updated by Kris W. Rowe Sep 13, 2013.



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A short word from the Admin ...

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?

Kris, the Admin

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Final Itinerary, 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on November 10, 2014 at 8:00pm 2 Comments

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…


Rocks and Minerals on PBS TV WCMU Karen Hall

Posted by Karen Lynn Hall on November 9, 2014 at 8:37pm 0 Comments

From age 10 rocks and Minerals

Funny story related to finding Hyland Park lapidary unit

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on September 29, 2014 at 10:38pm 4 Comments

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…


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 1 Comment

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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Brand new to rockhounding and this site

Started by Stephanie H.. Last reply by bri Nov 13. 7 Replies

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

Mojave Desert Rockhound Round-Up April 25-27 2014

Started by Tina Anderson. Last reply by Tina Anderson Nov 9. 17 Replies

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

Grossularite Garnet(s)!

Started by Randall Chevalier. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff Nov 6. 5 Replies

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

Tags: Gneiss, Schist, Fresno, Garnet

Opal Hill Mine - Blythe Area

Started by Carl Behmer. Last reply by Erica Henke Nov 6. 2 Replies

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

Tags: Blythe, Agate, 25, Mine, Hill

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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Top rockhounds, miners, lapidary artists and rock shops offering gemstone  for trade AND sale. I like it, since I sell rock!


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RFTF! member Lew Helfrich moderates one of the best places on the Web to swap lapidary materials @


Easy Specific Gravity Test - Determine the density of your rock finds!

The Rock Tumbling forums - This is one of the greatest resources on the web for meeting other rockhounds and lapidaries, asking and answering lapidary questions, discussing the rockhound life and showing off your cool rocks!

yelp! - Real reviews by real people, really useful. just about any city or locality you can imagine.

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