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Kris Rowe
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Rockhounding Adventures of the 4th Kind: Digging Halite at Searles Lake

Yes, this is that rich a color when it's in your hand!I've been a rockhound since I could walk, but my adult "career" began 30 years ago. It's been a long, strange trip.However, over the decades of digging, collecting and working with rocks & stones, no experience has been so strange, so compelling, so STINKY as "digging" at Searles Lake.Located in the "heart" of downtown Trona,…See More
Dec 19, 2009
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"Hi Shawn! That is a hanksite with borax, altering through dehydration into tincalconite. Grody lookin', eh? I don't know about you, but I'm quiet fond of white/black minerals, especially this pairing. Thanks for asking, and dig…"
Aug 4, 2009
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"Hi Kris, What is this here?"
Aug 3, 2009
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"John, these are amazing! They must be worth a fortune! I bet you couldn't buy this particular specimen for all the money in the world! };)"
May 1, 2009
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"John, can you upload a larger version of this picture? This is the stuff I'm always looking for, but I must be in the wrong state! };D"
May 1, 2009
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"Wow! Talk about edible looking, Julie. I could look at this one all day!"
May 1, 2009
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Apr 28, 2009
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Apr 13, 2009
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"As far as I've been able to determine, this is trona. I say this going solely upon having seen it identified as such at The SG&MS show, and later by the descriptions given in SG&MS literature and on MinDat. It displays the noted oily…"
Apr 13, 2009
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"Hi Kris, One question...What is it? Thanks, JR"
Apr 13, 2009
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Mar 27, 2009
Kris Rowe posted a blog post

Searles Lake - Rockhounding in a "Traffic Jam"

Searles Lake - Rockhounding in a "Traffic Jam"----------------------------------------------------------------Without a doubt, one of my top 5 "most enjoyable" collecting experiences was the 2008 Searles Valley Mineral Society Gem-O-Rama. Nestled in the arid wilderness, Trona is a dusty, sulfurous oasis between the bustling (yawn!) metropolis of Ridgecrest (pop. 25,000) and Death Valley.The home of the Searles Valley Mineral Corp, Trona produces many different evaporate minerals in world class…See More
Mar 26, 2009
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Mar 25, 2009
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"I'm with you, Julie! It took multiple tries to find a new home for this one ... and it really hurt to pack it up, and send it off. I'm sure you know how I feel, but we can't always keep every specimen. Just wait 'til you see the…"
Mar 20, 2009
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"Makes me wanna lick it. lol."
Mar 20, 2009
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Mar 19, 2009

Profile Information

Hometown:
Fresno
What year did you join Rockhounds@drizzle.com:
2008
Website:
http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/lapidary_specialties?refid=store

A few words about my rockhounds life, photos & scribblings ...

I hope that you'll take the time to view my humble photos and enjoy the simple minerals that my partner and I have collected. Most are available for adoption.
I've been a rockhound "in fact" since the moment I saw my first gem show, at the County Fair, at age 7. I began my ventures in Lapidary in 1979, and worked only opals for 8 years. If you're afraid of working with opal, look at my "Trip Report" on hand working Opal.

Since childhood, I've always had touchstones, as my Mother did. The first I remember were quartz pebbles, obsidian from the High Sierra, and a neat little "leaf" of what I was sure was gold, in a tiny vug in a small granite boulder, found somewhere in Fresno County. (Hey, I was just 7, and the grapes were ripe, and the ants needed to be fried with the magnifying glass and ... well, you get the picture.)

BTW, if you're looking for an overly serious, dry discussion of anything, you should probably look elsewhere. You'll find writing that I consider to be humorous, articles that are meant to entertain and inform. I hope that you'll take anything that seems to be "over the top" as humor, for that is my intent. (If you think it's lame, tell me so. My skin isn't thin, but please keep it civil and don't be that "one-legged man ..." unless you need a ... well, you get the picture.)

If you have a comment, question or correction for me, please feel free to send it along. Being a self-admitted novice mineral collector, I need all the help I can get! Conversely, if you feel I might be able to help answer a question you have, feel free to ask it. I get a smug feeling of intellectual superiority when I can show my brilliance, and yet still crow about my own humility!
};D

Now, for some self serving links!

Lapidary Specialties eBay Store
Our Blog: R&R Rockhound

Special thanks go to Tony Peterson, and all of our customers, John & Julie Siebel, John Cornish, Don H, Axel, Veva and all of the unnamed regular posters who put up with my drivel and inaccuracies ... Boy, do you know who you are!

So, ENJOY!
Kris

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Kris Rowe's Trip Reports

Rockhounding Adventures of the 4th Kind: Digging Halite at Searles Lake

Yes, this is that rich a color when it's in your hand!
I've been a rockhound since I could walk, but my adult "career" began 30 years ago. It's been a long, strange trip.

However, over the decades of digging, collecting and working with… Continue

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 1:29am

Searles Lake - Rockhounding in a "Traffic Jam"

Searles Lake - Rockhounding in a "Traffic Jam"

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Without a doubt, one of my top 5 "most enjoyable" collecting experiences was the 2008 Searles Valley Mineral Society Gem-O-Rama. Nestled in the arid wilderness, Trona is a dusty, sulfurous oasis between the bustling (yawn!) metropolis of Ridgecrest (pop. 25,000) and Death Valley.



The home of the Searles Valley Mineral Corp, Trona produces many different… Continue

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 5:30pm

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