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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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New Year's is here ... It's Field Trip Time!

Happy New Year's, rockhounds!

2015 is finally over, and it's time to look at the months ahead. The Quartzsite shows are in full swing, and Tucson is right around the corner. I hope to make it out for both, if all goes as planned. At the very least, I'm planning another Mojave Odyssey during the Tucson trip. Stay tuned, friends!

The search for Poppy jasper in Central California moves onward, though flu and ear infections kept me at home from Thanksgiving to past New Years Day. Look for a Poppy jasper prospecting day during the upcoming 2016 Central California Rockhound Odyssey in April.

My first field trip of the New Year will coincide with the Tule Gem & Mineral Society Gemboree, on Sunday, January 17th. I hope you can come along, and make my day!

More trips coming soon, friends!


As always, feel free to post your own field trips, Club Shows and Shop Days, and other Events. Additionally, members are encouraged to post their rocks, lapidary equipment, jewelry and other on-topic wares in the Photo stream. If you need help doing so,  just message me.

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This year, due to popular demand, I'm offering members a choice of artwork on the front, or back. Priced at $24.95, each t-shirt order includes a RFTF! Supporting Member window sticker and luxury USPS Domestic Priority Mail shipping. Each purchase supports the 0ngoing mission of RFTF! ...

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See you in the field, friends!

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Obsidian in Northern California

Posted by Garret Romaine on February 8, 2016 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

Forgot to get a shout-out to my blog post on northern California obsidian hunting - here it is: ;

Southern Cady Mts field trip

Posted by Ralph Hogue on February 7, 2016 at 9:55am 2 Comments

Arrived in the Southern Cady mountains  and set up camp late on the evening of the 22nd  of January. Got up early the next morning and headed to Lavic siding. What a beautiful spot. Great jasper finds. Mostly we found small sized pieces, but we also found a few larger pieces. The next day the 24th, we hit Christmas tree seam agate site.  That is some hard rock mining. Has been hit pretty hard, but did manage to find some float pieces, and chipped a mostly red based agate/jasper out of the 8"…


Plan B takes us to Area 54 Panoche hills

Posted by Trish Guy on February 7, 2016 at 9:06am 2 Comments

Yesterday, hubby and I planned a day trip to San Simeon creek in Cambria. But we didn't plan well enough, so our late start caused us to change plans and head for Panoche. We have never been there rockhounding before, but thanks to this group and the maps, we found our way! Not sure whether we stopped at the "Y" or the "Parking Lot", but we were so awestruck at what was there, we just picked to our hearts content! Thank you RFTF for your helpful sharing of information!…


Top Three Southern California Rock hounding locations

Posted by Joe & Alecia on January 31, 2016 at 4:34pm 3 Comments

Good day all...

Alecia and I will soon be departing California. We are building inventory right now to attempt to live full time of the income of jewelry sales. One of the things we need to get before we leave is a a good inventory of rough and ready agates and jaspers and ?...

Mohave is a trip, half day at lavic siding and it neighbor agate site the other half.   

So my question to everyone is, if you were me…



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If not Blue G, what is it?

Started by Trish Guy. Last reply by Connie Stillinger on Monday. 2 Replies

While we were collecting at Panoche, I spied a rock in the hillside with a bluish hue. Being a rockin' newbie I can't readily identify many varieties yet. But I remembered reading about a…Continue

Barter for Saw(s)

Started by Joe & Alecia Jan 26. 0 Replies our business and cash straped, barter for saw(s)Continue

West Texas rock hounding

Started by John tilley and family. Last reply by John tilley and family Jan 14. 4 Replies

Greetings ,my family and I will be taking a road trip in a couple weeks out to El Paso area. I have family that lives on the border of hueco tanks state park,minus the park of course can anyone…Continue

The Big Pile

Started by Pat Garcia. Last reply by John Dolman Jan 9. 6 Replies

Hi all.. We went to Panoche Creek weekend before last and had a great time! Thank you so much.Question though...spent the night at Harris Ranch and on our way home we stopped at the Big Pile. Which…Continue

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.

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