Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics!

Doing What Rockhounds Do ... 
Taking GREAT  Field Trips!

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Kris

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Happy 2018, Rockhounds!

Posted by [email protected] on January 2, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year, RFTF! rockhounds!

 

 

 

2017 was a quite a year for me. From the start, at the rain sodden and windblown Quartzsite Pow-Wow, to the Last Blast in the Panoche Hills, it was filled with great adventures, and personal trials.

 

Old friends who'd gotten lost in their own adventures resurfaced to rejoin in mine. New rockhounding friends found there way to join in my adventures. Great rockhounding friends made strides in their lives, and shared them with me, making me a richer man in so many ways.

 

 

 

New field and business partners found their way to me, Garrick Newman and Candace Rose. We're now operating as Ranchos Lapidary (https://www.facebook.com/RanchosLapidary/), in the Madera ranchos, north of Fresno. Check out our Facebook page for details on our upcoming events.

 

 

 

New rock & gem shows were a big part of my year. I did the great Turlock (Mother Lode Society) Show for the first time, and sold my rock at the Antelope Valley & Joshua Tree shows for the first time. Of course, the Mariposa, Roseville and Nipomo and Hanford shows were part of my schedule, too.

 

There were show setbacks, too. I lost two of my best shows, one to a spider bite, another to the Santa Rosa fires. That really hurt, but as you can see, I made it through.

 

 

 

On the field trip side of things, I had the pleasure of digging in California, Oregon, and (almost!) Nevada and Arizona. Field trips were abundant, from the Cady Mountains of the Mojave to the Spectrum Mine near Plush, OR, and LOTS of destinations inbetween. From Stoney Creek to Clear Creek to Castle Butte to the Kramer Hills to Davis Creek to ...

 

Well, it was a busy year! :D

 

Looking forward into 2018, I'm all ready for the New gem Show Year to start, with a return to the QIA Pow-Wow from January 17th to 21st, at space # 562E.

 

That's all the way in the northwest corner, either the first or last booth, depending on where you're parked. If you're attending the Pow=Wow, drive to that corner. You'll see my big Hand-2-Mouth Mining banner on my trailer. Drop in, buy a few slabs, and I'll throw in a free slabette of Blue G Lawsonite. :)


I'm planning on spending the end of January into early February out rockhounding in Arizona and Southern California. Give me a call or a message if you'd liek to meet up for a dig.


 

Field trips are already scheduled for the Spring in the Mojave Desert, and the Central California rockhound Odyssey. You'll find the newest postings on the Calender page. I'm also doing private guided rockhounding trips for groups and individuals. I'l have a webpage with all of the details up soon.

 

I hope to see you all out on a field trip, or at a gem show this year, my friends.

 

Keep on rockhounding!

 

 

 

Kris

 

 

It's time to get things going here! :-)

Posted by Kris Rowe on November 16, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi, rockhounds!

I've been away from the website for awhile, and I'd like to apologize for my neglect. It's been a tumultuous and challenging year for me, but there have been many bright spots along the way.


After a disappointing show at Quartzsite in January, I bucked up and went out to the Cady Mountains east of Barstow for a few days of really great rockhounding. The Cady's have been good to me this year, and I've enjoyed several trips with quite a few rockhounds.


March was also notable for several sterling rock & gem shows, and the acquisition of my new working and show partners, Candace and Garrick.


Garrick found me on Facebook, and rode shotgun with me to our Del Puerto Canyon field trip, promoted through our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rockhoundfieldtripfanatic/. It was new territory for many attendees, and was co-lead by RFTF! members Mike Zamudio and David Vorous. Much nice rock was collected!


We now operate as Ranchos Lapidary, in the Madera Ranchos north of Fresno. We're doing our best to turn their garage and yard into a real rock shop/lapidary workshop. We're currently offering an open house at least one Saturday a month, with the opportunity to check out our huge selection of lapidary slabs and rough. Attendees can also use our equipment to get feel for lapidary basics, and everyone's welcome to hang out and talk rocks.


You'll find our open dates in the Calendar section of this website. We also offer basic lapidary instruction by appointment. If you're able to make it out to the Fresno area, and are interested in learning the basics of cabochon cutting and other lapidary skills, call me at (559) 250-5057, 10am to 7pm.


April was a great month, with the Mariposa show and the Central California Odyssey. After a few days off, we headed out to the Mojave Desert for the RFTF! Spring Cady's Odyssey and the Lancaster show. A busy month, indeed!


The real challenges began at the end of the spring, with the closing of our licensed home childcare business. Me & my sweetheart Laura are now working to make our living through our lapidary, jewelry and rockhounding pursuits. Our health has been an ongoing issue, but we're boldly soldiering onward. :)


We've been working hard at building our Facebook Group, and the results really show. We're now up to 438 members, with an ever expanding number of field trips being planned through the Group. If you use Facebook, I hope that you'll join us there.


We've recently added the RFTF! Rockhound Trading Post (https://www.facebook.com/groups/RFTFRockhoundTradingPost/) dediacted to helping our members trade and sell their rock related wares. Posting is restricted to our Group members, but anyone can see and buy from the posts. It's barely started, so get in on the ground floor!

I've hardly started to talk about the year, but it's time to get this posted, and get ready for the Hesperia show this weekend, and the Thanksgiving Cady Mountains Odyssey next week.You'll find both events on our Calendar.


More updates coming shortly!


Kris Rowe

(559) 250-5057


Rose Quartz Dig

Posted by John on June 5, 2017 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

You all missed a fun dig =good pink rock, (Rose Quartz) plenty of bugs to slap at, spit out ,sneeze out, and otherwise curse at. Small group of Elk moved through camp. They use camper for a rubing post. I found no antler scraches on paint. Sunday Dig - More best color bitts for tumble = 4 batches.

The chips from Rhodonite dig have been tumbling for 07 days in my special grit. Now in polish 3 days and will be done ! And wire wrap here we come !

Welcome to the new website, rockhounds!

Posted by [email protected] on February 10, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the new, and hopefully permanent home of


Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics!


Me & Laura, my beauty!


2016 was a rough year, full of disruption, contention and conflict. For RFTF!, the challenges seemed neverending, as our old website providors customer service slowly deteriorated, ending with the total loss of our website data in June. For a short time, it looked as though that data was lost forever, along with my sanity. Happily, faithful RFTF! Member Connie Stillenger came to my rescue.


Through the magic of the Internet Wayback Machine, Connie found that most of our public facing data had been safely archived for prosperity. Our Blogposts, photos and other site data are safely tucked away in their evergrowing memory store, awaiting restoration to this new site. Hooray! :D


Another happy occurance was the decision to archive our members email addresses. We'll be sending out a mass email to all of the old members in the next few weeks, inviting them to come aboard this brand new website. I hope that everyone returns!


The new website is different from the old, and in some ways, better. The old Photostream is gone, but the new Photo Albums feature may prove to be even better. I've found the photo uploads to be quick AND reliable, without the difficulties many members experienced with the old uploader. 


Equally easy to use, the new Forums feature will assist members in quick & convenient communication. The rules will be the same; keep all public communications kind, courteous and clean. The forums will be moderated, and I'm looking for several very patient members to help with that task. If you're willing to take it on, you'll have a special place in my heart, and earn special perks. Moderation hath its privilages!


Equally as special will be the perks for the brave few who decide to volunteer to be Admins. They'll share the duties that I used to keep for myself, and didn't always do very well. Their work will assure that, whatever might happen, Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics! will keep on serving the rockhound, lapidary & geo-enthusiast community as well as we possibly can.


In the months since the website vanished, we've made a comfortable place for a share of our membership on Facebook. The Rockhound Field Trip Fanatics! Facebook Group will continue to be a go-to place for many members. Rest assured Facebook users, you'll find it easy to "share" your posts, photos and Events to the RFTF! Group, your Page or your Facebook Newsfeed. 


Finally, be sure and use the new Mobile website on your smartphone. It's waaaaaaay better than the original!


Whether you decide to be a Member, Moderator or Admin, it's good to have RFTF! back up to full speed. Have at it, rockhounds!


Best regards,


Kris Rowe


Happy 2018, rockhounds!

Posted by [email protected] on Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year, RFTF! rockhounds!


2017 was a quite a year for me. From the start, at the rain sodden and windblown Quartzsite Pow-Wow, to the Last Blast in the Panoche Hills, it was filled with great adventures, and personal trials.

Old friends who'd gotten lost in their own adventures resurfaced to rejoin in mine. New rockhounding friends found there way to join in my adventures. Great rockhounding friends made strides in their lives, and shared them with me, making me a richer man in so many ways.


New field and business partners found their way to me, Garrick Newman & Candace Rose. We're now operating as Ranchos Lapidary (https://www.facebook.com/RanchosLapidary/), in the Madera Ranchos, in the countryside north of Fresno. Check out our Facebook page for details on our upcoming events.


New rock & gem shows were a big part of my year. I did the great Turlock (Mother Lode Society) Show for the first time, and sold my rock at the Antelope Valley & Joshua Tree shows for the first time.

There were show setbacks, too. I lost two of my best shows, one to a spider bite, another to the Santa Rosa fires. That really hurt, but as you can see, I made it through.


On the field trip side of things, I had the pleasure of digging in California, Oregon, and (almost!) Nevada and Arizona. Field trips were abundant, from the Cady Mountains of the Mojave to the Spectrum Mine near Plush, OR, and LOTS of destinations inbetween. From Stoney Creek to Clear Creek to Castle Butte to the Kramer Hills to Davis Creek to ... 

Well, it was a busy year! :D


Looking forward into 2018, I'm all ready for the New Year to start, with a return to the QIA Pow-Wow from January 17th to 21st, at space # 562E.

That's all the way in the northwest corner, either the first or last booth, depending on where you're parked. If you're attending the Pow=Wow, drive to that  corner. You'll see my big Hand-2-Mouth Mining banner on my trailer. Drop in, buy a few slabs, and I'll throw in a free slabette of Blue G Lawsonite. :)


Field trips are already scheduled for the Spring in the Mojave Desert, and the Central California rockhound Odyssey. You'll find the newest postings on the Calender page. I'm also doing private guided rockhounding trips for groups and individuals. I'l have a webpage with all of the details up soon.

I hope  to see you all out on a field trip, or at a gem show this year, my friends.

Keep on rockhounding!


Kris



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