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Shaver Lake "Amethyst Cove" - November

This Saturdays field trip to Amethyst Cove at Shaver Lake may be far better than we had expected! <a href="http://www.fresnobee.com/2010/11/01/2141620/another-shaver-water-level-drop.html#storylink=misearch" target="_blank">The Fresno Bee</a> reports that So Cal Edison has lowered the lake level another 45 feet this week, which will expose areas that haven't been seen for many decades.
We went up to look around on Sunday, and I came back with half a bucket of stream tumbled smokey quartz. This will be a great trip for those who love to dig, and who knows what we'll find in the virgin territory?
Check the <a href="http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/events/shaver-lake-amethyst-cove">Events</a> page for the details and weather/road condition updates. Stay tuned for at least <b>four</b> great trips to this site next Fall!

Don't forget the next Panoche Hills trip on November 20th. This season we'll be heading out from the Lil' Panoche site and visiting some of the nearby ranch "mullock" piles. The collecting in the Panoche Hills just keeps getting better! See the Events schedule for all of the details.

A <b>big</b> welcome to all new Members! Feel free to list the Events that you or your local Gem &amp; Mineral Society are sponsoring!

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You'll find <b><a href="http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/group/rftfmembersbusinesses">a new Group</a></b> page to place a link for your Rockhound related business.

On the fashion front, we have a new <b><a href="http://rockhound-field-trips.ning.com/opensocial/ningapps/show?appUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fshops.cafepress.com%2FContent%2FCafePress_Ning_App_v2.xml%3Fning-app-status%3Dnetwork&amp;owner=1208o2zbr3m1x">Cafe Press store</a></b>, featuring T-shirts, canvas "rock bags," coffee mugs and other RFTF! signature items. If you'd like to have a personalized design created, feel free to send me a message. Proceeds from all purchases will go to keep RFTF! a free and open site.

A hearty welcome to new members. Keep rocking!

Kris

Last updated by Kris W. Rowe Nov 9, 2010.

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