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Happy 2018, Rockhounds!

Posted by [email protected] on January 2, 2018 at 5:35 PM

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 (, 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!







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