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RFTF! 2015 Del-Air Rockhound Mini-Odyssey - October 1 - 4, 2015 at Throughout the Santa Monica Mountains of California

October 1, 2015 to October 4, 2015
The RFTF!  Del-Air Rockhound Mini-Odyssey is my first collecting foray into the uncharted wilds of the San Fernando Valley!Actually, this Mini-Odyssey begins with my talk at the October 1st meeting of the Del-Air Rockhounds Club.  The Del-Air Rockhounds have a rich history that dates back to 1952. It's truly an honor to address this Club.Following my talk, I'd love to meet up with rockhounds for a late supper and adult beverages. If you'd like to come along, leave a comment below.The field trip…See More
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Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society 56th Annual Show & Sale at Centre Concord ,

August 29, 2015 at 10am to August 30, 2015 at 5pm
Gem & Rock ShowGems*Jewelry*Minerals*Fossils*Meteorites*Beads*Tools*Equipment*Flourescent Room*Demonstrations*Exhibits*Rock ID*Ask-a-Gemologist*Activities For Kids*Hourly Door Prizes*Raffle*Café*Giant T-Rex*Giant Jade* Silent AuctionThis is an indoor, family-friendly event! There will be demonstrations of cabbing, faceting, multiple styles of hard and soft stone carving, wire wrapping and weaving, enameling gold panning, rock painting, and a make-your- own rock collection booth for the…See More
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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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Spring's here ... It's CFMS Show Time!

Hi, rockhounds!

It's time for the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies 76th Annual Show, in Lodi, CA. The Show runs June 12 - 14th, and will be THE place for the savvy California rockhound this weekend.

If you're attending be sure to come out and enjoy (I hope!) my talk on Saturday the 13th, at 11 am, in the Jackson Hall. I hope to see you all there!

The NEW RFTF! Supporting Member T-shirts are here!

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!

Order yours today at The RFTF! Rock Shop T-shirt page.

See you in the field, friends!

Kris, the Admin

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Links for the budget conscious lapidary, from RFTF! Workshop discussions and questions.

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on August 3, 2015 at 5:38pm 0 Comments

Here's a list of links for some of the tools, and other items demonstrated and discussed during the first three open days in my Workshop. My thanks go out to the members who attended, and tolerated the "in progress" state of my facilities.

Flat lap tools -

My most used cabbing tool is my flat lap. The grits (mesh) I use most are:

120 to 360 hard discs & dishes - rough grinding and…


San Luis Obispo area last week

Posted by Daulton W Ruff on August 1, 2015 at 10:14pm 1 Comment

Wife and I went to the coast for a few days. We stayed at Camp SLO where I found some jasper in the parking lot. We went to Shell Beach with my grandson and daughter and I picked up a paisley jasper pebble. a piece of black agate and a serpentine with jasper, I think, mixed in. I also found a bunch of vertebrae and bones buried in the sandstone, but I'm not going to disturb that.

If you go to Cambria visit the Ancient Earth Trading Co in the middle of town on the West side. Aaron…


Anniversary trip

Posted by Ann Hinchcliff on June 18, 2015 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

Hi everyone

My husband and I are going on our 14th anniversary to Coloma, Ca.  I love my son but he is staying home!!   We will be traveling up to Nevada City, Ca area also.  We have 2 days.  We plan on visiting Malekoff Diggings ......been there once and didn't even make it all the way down. Was wondering if anyone has any areas we should check out for rocks.   Would appreciate any guidance.  Would love some pretty rocks to…


Mindat: It's a rockhounds best friend!

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on May 7, 2015 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

Prospecting has always been a challenging occupation, especially for casual rockhounds. Thanks to online tools like, prospecting skills have never been easier to learn, and rockhounding success so easy to achieve.

For more than a decade, has been my go-to…



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Road cuts for a newbie

Started by Peter Duncan McIntosh. Last reply by Peter Duncan McIntosh Aug 20. 2 Replies

Hi all,I am a new member, thanks for having me.I have a hip problem that stops me walking too far, and have been advised that I may find some interesting rocks at road cuts. I have transport,  I live…Continue

Northern California & Oregon trip

Started by Michelle Mai Aug 9. 0 Replies

Hello!My friend and I are going on a road trip over Labor Day weekend to hunt for agates'n'more up the coast. Would anyone be interested in joining us for a leg or a day-trip?I know it's not prime…Continue

Fluorescent Minerals

Started by Robert Bennett Jul 21. 0 Replies

Is anyone in the group a fluorescent mineral collector? I would like to find local places to try my new Polman lamp?BobContinue

Running a tumbler for 1 month straight?

Started by Jason Batdorf. Last reply by Jason Batdorf Jun 26. 2 Replies

I am going on vacation for a month and I am going to run my 15 lb tumbler roughing for a month. Anyone ever do this? Did you add 4 times the grit?

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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