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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
Hi, rockhounds! I'm (finally!) undertaking a slight redesign of the RFTF! site, and would appreciate your comments and suggestions. My aim is to increase readability, bring the Events, Blogs and other member features to the forefront, and encourage wider participation.
My apologies for any alteration to the appearance of your profile pages. I'll be finished messing around with the site appearance shortly, friends. Your comments on the readability of the site are most appreciated.
Kris, the Admin
It's a little over a week since I returned from the Mojave Desert, and I'm still working to digest the experience. So may new friends, so many great rockhounds, so many incredible vistas, and so, so much great rock!
Here's the short story ...
The story of the inaugural RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey began during the 2014 Central California Odyssey, back in April. On the first day,…Continue
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
I need sand paper for my bump grinder. Any Ideas where I can find it?? Help!!! I am almost done setting up my grinding station, Finally! Check the photos I uploaded for more info. It is a san joaquin…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
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