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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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A short word from the Admin ...

Rockhounds, it's crunch time in the latest fight to lock us out of the California Deserts. If you haven't weighed into the fight, the time is NOW! 

Here's just a partial list of the traditional rockhounding sites that we'll lose, perhaps irrevocably, if the Recommended Alternative Plan of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is adopted as drafted currently.

  • Afton Canyon
  • Alvord Mine
  • Bristol Mountains
  • Broadwell Dry Lake
  • Brown Butte
  • Cadiz and Marble Mountains
  • Cady Mountains
  • Calico and Mule Canyon
  • Castle Butte
  • Chambless
  • Field Road
  • Gem Hill at Rosamond
  • Grandview
  • Hector Hills
  • Kelbaker Road
  • Kramer Hills
  • Lavic Siding
  • Ludlow
  • Mineola Road
  • Newberry
  • North Edwards
  • Orange Blossam
  • Ord Mountain
  • Pisgah Crater
  • Stoddard Well
  • Yermo

Friends, this list includes every location on our recent Mojave Desert Odyssey, and many more. The political "powers that be" are lined up behind this 25 year plan to centralize renewable power production, and place it firmly in the hands of corporate and politically correct interests. If you want to continue enjoying these lands, click on the photo above, get informed, stand up and speak out!

The time is NOW!

Kris, the Admin

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This was one of the most fun things I have done in years.  Thank you Kris and all the friendly people involved in this trip.  I look forward to seeing you all again.

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Looking back at the 2014 RFTF! Mojave Desert Odyssey, Part 2

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on December 23, 2014 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

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After beginning Day 1 of the Mojave Desert Odyssey with hard rock mining on Christmas Tree Hill, we ate lunch and departed for Lavic Siding. The trip out took us back through Sandy Wash, out Pisgah Road and eastward on Hwy 66. The highway,…



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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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