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Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.
After a long, hot (and smoky!) Summer, it's finally Autumn. The Fall Show's are in full swing, and upcoming field trips are in the planning stage.
Here are some possibilities I'm working on for Fall & Winter:
October - Poppy jasper - The location? It's still a secret!
November - The fall Mojave Desert Rockhound Odyssey
December - The Annual Last Blast! field trip
January - The 1st Arizona Rockhound Odyssey
These are all in the planning stage, and I'm open to suggestions for sites and looking for co-leaders for these trips.
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.
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! ...
Sharing GREAT Field Trips!
See you in the field, friends!
Kris, the Admin
Before the gangs next trip out to the "wash" which I can't remember the name of, I want to show as best I can what, and where my cousin Joe and I found on this little brown hill after the first "intersection" in the sand road after traveling on BLM road 9604. The coordinates of the hill are 34d58'48.5"N x 116d20'21.88"W. In the wash to the right there is nothing that I could find and neither could we find anything to the left. Everything is on that hill. Digging will probably yield more than…Continue
The greatest barrier to those who want to try out the lapidary arts today are the high cost of quality machinery, and having the dedicated space to use it. Happily, one longtime lapidary enthusiast has taken on the challenge of inventing, constructing and selling a lapidary grinder that easily overcomes those challenges.
That machine is Al's Intarsia Grinder, created by…Continue
This was my first field trip with a rockhound group ever. The people were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful; the weather was perfect; and the rock hunting was plentiful. I got a couple of nice pieces. Here are a couple of pictures of the area, including a few hives of the bees that loved my car so much (the bees were very docile, I just shoo'ed them away and they didn't bother me). I'll post pictures of my rock finds later when I have a chance.…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