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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by Oxenkiller on Today at 08:39:40 AM »
I was having trouble with the "Reply" function- a lot of the buttons were missing or hidden.  It looked like some of the functions were not loading properly with the page. I just re-logged in and it appears to be working- this is the first time I have been able to post in almost two weeks.  So, glad they got it fixed (assuming "they" did anything, and it wasn't just some glitch on the site host end- if Mark or Sal fixed it then thanks!)

So now that we appear to be back in business, has anyone gone out hunting lately?

I got a load of rocks in the tumbler right now I'm working on, mostly agates and banded chert-  should be done later this week.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS / I don't know what is wrong with the site
« Last post by Mark K on December 08, 2017, 04:36:34 AM »
I have no access to anything. If anyone knows how to get a hold of Sal, it would be nice if they gave her a call.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by Mark K on December 08, 2017, 04:28:13 AM »
Yes I am having issues with the site. Some of the headings are missing.  Help Sal and Mark K Can you please fix this.  Markphoto3

I don't know how to get ahold of Sal as nothing much works for me. I can't do any mod stuff. I am locked out of even the simplest things, like my own profile.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by Markphoto3 on December 05, 2017, 03:16:27 PM »
Yes I am having issues with the site. Some of the headings are missing.  Help Sal and Mark K Can you please fix this.  Markphoto3
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by Mark K on December 04, 2017, 11:40:08 AM »
Is anyone else having issues with the site?
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by lizziebird on November 30, 2017, 12:09:50 PM »
Yes, whatever you're doing out there, at any time of year, stay safe. 

I think I may try to do a little trimming and cabbing this winter, but things have been so busy lately, that'll just have to wait until there's some time.  I'd much rather just be out there exploring some wild place, but when I can't do that, sometimes I just pick out a random box from my collection and look at it.  :)
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by wheeliepat on November 26, 2017, 03:52:55 PM »
I just went out to Nevada yesterday.  It was really nice and sunny.  The desert has been dry so far this year, so access is still good.  I usually do quite a bit of hounding in winter when weather and time permit.  The Nevada desert can vary from time to time and you have to be careful on the wet muddy roads.   Roads that are frozen rock hard in the morning, can be a wet muddy mess in the afternoon.  Getting stuck 15 miles from the pavement with no cell service can be a real bummer.   I'm hoping to get some opportunities to go out this winter.  Everyone take care out there and Rock Hard!
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by Oxenkiller on November 25, 2017, 01:34:03 PM »
The problem I have with rockhounding in the winter time out here is, pretty much everything is covered with snow, or in the desert areas, the roads in are so muddy as to be impassible.  And there is so little daylight that you just don't have time to get out to your destination.  The nearest spots to Boise are at least an hour away, unless you go to the garnet pegmatite spot in the mountains above town which is closer, but that's gonna be snowy (and in any case I think the forest service closes the road in the winter anyway.)  So with daylight constraints, road/surface conditions, and so on, rock hunting in Idaho is strictly a three-season activity.  But that's okay.  We have other activities to keep us busy- like for me, slicing some of the rock I found, tumble polishing some other rocks I found, and for some of us with lapidary equipment, actually cabbing and/or creating jewelry from the rocks we found. 
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Winter Rockhounding
« Last post by lizziebird on November 25, 2017, 07:06:27 AM »
Anyone here do much winter rockhounding?

My only excuse not to is the same excuse I have all year, lack of time for travels.  I can't usually blame snow or bad weather.  Heck, it's about 65 degrees here today. 

One year, we spent a few days in the mountains over Thanksgiving weekend and had a blast.  It snowed several inches, and we decided to try one of our favorite rockhound sites in the snow.  The road to get there was a bit scary, driving on the narrow hilly road in the snow, but we made it, then hiked around in the snow for a bit.  Didn't find too many rocks that day, but it sure was beautiful! 

Another year, we happened to be in FL for a week in January, and that was great too.  Perfect weather to be out looking for fossils along the beach, but a bit chilly for swimming.

I guess if you're in the desert southwest region, winter is prime time for getting out and enjoying the outdoors.  Do the rattlesnakes hibernate in the winter, or are they active all year?

Feel free to share a winter rockhounding adventure here.  The board has been pretty quiet lately, so maybe this could be something to talk about.
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OFF THE TOPIC / Re: Too many rock theives.......
« Last post by SolomonR on November 19, 2017, 09:16:11 PM »
This is some despicable behaviour. Unbelivable.
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