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Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip
May 27 – 30, 2011
Hampton Butte, OR

The Northwest and California Federations of Mineralogical Societies are hosting an Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip to Central Oregon over Memorial Day Weekend 2011 for Petrified Wood, Agate and Obsidian!! And all AFMS society members and guests are invited.

Download the Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip Flyer (May 20 – 25, 2009 in Davis Creek/Lassen Creek, CA) in Adobe Acrobat by clicking the link below:

May 2011 Hampton Butte, OR Field Trip Flyer (117 kb)

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Inter-regional Rockhound Rendezvous

By Richard Pankey, Inter – Regional Field Trips

Our next Inter-regional Rockhound Rendezvous is schedule for May 20-25, 2009 (Memorial Day Weekend) to Davis Creek/Lassen Creek for OBSIDIAN!!! The Rendezvous is hosted by the NFMS and the CFMS.

Davis Creek/Lassen Creek is the premier California obsidian collecting area with an abundance of a great variety of beautiful obsidian. This area is noted for sheen obsidian: multi-colored rainbow, electric blue, green, mahogany-gold, silver, gold and pink sheen. Also to be found is mahogany, lace, double flow and needle obsidian. This area is located on Buck Mt. in the heart of the Modoc National Forest. The altitude ranges from 5000 to 7000 feet. A free permit is required for collecting which will be available at camp. In addition to the daily collecting trips we will have potluck dinners, happy hours, speakers, evening campfires, knapping demonstrations, tailgate displays, map exchange, and a great rockhound get-together.

Davis Creek/Lassen Creek is in the extreme northeastern corner of California on Highway 395, between Alturas, CA, and Lakeview, OR. The collecting area is in the mountains behind the little town of Davis Creek, which is 22 miles north of Alturas. Some supplies and gasoline are available at the general store; also ice cream on a hot afternoon. The people at the store are very helpful and prices are reasonable. They can give advice on the road conditions and other local information.

There are two established campgrounds convenient to the collecting areas, although you can camp in many locations throughout the mountains. The Plum Valley Campground has many trees and a stream, but the interior roads are somewhat rough and narrow. Large trailers and motor homes may have difficulty.

A much larger campground that can handle any size rig is the Lassen Creek Campground. This is the campground we will use for our rendezvous. This is a beautiful, spacious campground with enough room for our group and all of our planned activities. There is a stream and big tall pine trees. No facilities are available at any of the campgrounds, except for well maintained pit toilets. All trash must be carried back out. Motels and full hook-up campgrounds are available in Alturas and Lakeview.

There are a lot of other rockhounding opportunities within 100 miles of our Rendezvous site: sunstones, opal, petrified wood, other obsidian sites, geodes and more. The Rendezvous is a good way to start your summer collecting tour. So mark your calendar – May 20 to 25, 2009, watch for the trip flier for all the details and start making your plans to join us for another great Inter-regional Rockhound Rendezvous. The trip flier and other information for the Rendezvous will be posted on the CFMS web site, www.cfmsinc.org in December and other federation web sites.

Download the Inter-Regional Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip Flyer (May 20 – 25, 2009 in Davis Creek/Lassen Creek, CA) in Adobe Acrobat by clicking the link below:

May 2009 Davis Creek/Lassen Creek, CA Field Trip Flyer (22 kb)

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Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous - Reprise

By Richard Pankey, Inter – Regional Field Trips

The Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations will host a Rockhound Rendezvous to Texas Springs, NV over Memorial Day Weekend, 2008 and all AFMS members are invited to attend. We had such a great time in 2003 we decided to do it again. The date is set – May 21 to 26, 2008. The place is picked – the Texas Springs area for spectacular pink agate limb casts, as well as, other agate and petrified wood. Arrangements are being made; details are being finalized and the flier will be issued next month. Watch for the fliers and information in the AFMS Newsletter and on the web site, as well as, the host federation’s Newsletters and web sites.

Late spring is a beautiful time of year to be in northern Nevada’s high desert. The days are warm and the evenings are cool. Great weather for rockhounding and for our rendezvous. We will collect at 4 to 6 different sites: pink limb casts, small limb casts and bogwood, snakeskin agate, jasp/agate limb casts, geodes, and more. Our Rendezvous will include daily collecting trips, potluck dinners, daily Happy Hours, evening campfires, map exchange and tailgate displays.

This area has been popular with rockhounds for many years, and prized material can still be found for those who are willing to dig for it. And many were successful! In 2003 we had over 200 rockhounds from 14 western states representing 55 clubs of the three federations.

Come join us for a great Tri-Federation Rendezvous of collecting, fun and fellowship. Mark your calendar, schedule your vacation, and plan to join us next May 21st to 26th.

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Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous

By Richard Pankey, Inter – Regional Field Trips

As promised the announcement flier with detailed information on our 2008 Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous is now available. The flier has the information about the Rendezvous: material available; location; directions to camp; schedule; motels and RV parks nearby; and various activities that are planned. It is available on American, Northwest, Rocky Mountain and California Federations’ web sites and, depending on available space, may be published in your the Federation Newsletter. I request and hope that whoever in each club that receives the Newsletter will pass this information and the 2 page flier on to your club Field Trip Leader or Editor or to someone to make copies and distribute to interested members of your club. A challenge with any event is the advertising, with getting the word out to the user. In this case, to the people who might be interested in attending this field trip/rendezvous. So we are looking to the people who get the AFMS and/or your Federation Newsletter to get this information to your members.
Look for the flier and other Rendezvous information on these web sites:

AFMS – www.amfed.org
NFMS – www.amfed.org/nfms
RMFMS – www.rmfms.org
CFMS – www.cfmsinc.org

For more information and to sign-up to attend the Rendezvous e-mail (preferred) or call your respective Federation Field Trip Leader (bottom of the first page of the flier). Or Contact me at dickpankeyjuno.com.

Come join us for a great Tri-Federation Rendezvous of collecting, fun and fellowship. Mark your calendar, schedule your vacation, and plan to join us next May 21st to 26th.

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Download the Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous and Field Trip Flyer (May 21 – 26, 2008 in Texas Springs, Nevada) in Adobe Acrobat by clicking the link below:

May 2008 Texas Springs, NV Field Trip Flyer (22 kb)

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