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We have field trips throughout the year to collect new mineral and gem specimens. Planned field trips will be listed here, with enough lead time for you to make plans if you wish to participate in them.

Trip Date Trip Destination Contact Description
June 13, 2015 Emerald Creek, ID Mike Shaw (Rock Rollers) mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com
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Digging for star garnets on the Forest Service claim.
June 20-24, 2015 McDermitt, NV Mike Shaw (Rock Rollers) mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com
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Lots of great material there and one you won't want to miss. Early reservation a must at the two motels in town as they have only about a dozen rooms each and this will be a popular trip. There is an RV park in town also, first come, first served. We will have unlimited dry camping out near the dig areas, without facilities or water.
July 10-13, 2015 Clarkia, ID Mike Shaw (Rock Rollers) mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com
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Hosted by the Washington Mineral council and the Hells Canyon Gem Club who owns the claim. It is only a few hours from Spokane, but since people are coming from all over Washington for that one, they are allowing a days travel on each side of it. It will actually take place on the 12th and 13th (Sat. and Sun.), but you might want to be there on the evening of the 10th just for the pre-trip instruction. Collecting large garnet crystals and quartz crystals.
September 12-13, 2015 Red Top Mountain, WA Mike Shaw (Rock Rollers) mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com
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Once again you will want to arrive the night before (Friday) so you ca get an early start in the morning. Last year we tried camping on top of the mountain and it was great! There is a vault toilet on top, and the views of the mountains are great. It makes the time actually spent digging much more productive, as there is less travel time to the digsite. It is a mile hike in to the digsite, and once there requires a lot of digging, but the rewards are great. We always find some nice thundereggs and Ellensburg blue agate.
September 25-27, 2015 Little Naches River, WA Mike Shaw (Rock Rollers) mikeshawmoose@yahoo.com
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Arrive on Friday Sept 25and dig for thundereggs all day on Saturday and part of the day on Sunday and then head home. We'll be renting a group campground (Kaner Flat Campground) for the weekend. The total cost for the group for two nights will be $129, split among the attendees. It is an absolutely gorgeous campsite right on the Little Naches River. There is a vault toilet and water available across the highway at Little Naches Campground. This is a very quiet, isolated campground with room for RVs and tents. There is a locked gate that only we will have the combination to.