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Another field trip first is coming up for our society this weekend: a group trip to Kokopelli Opal Mine in Virgin Valley! Virgin Valley is world renown for its black fire opals, which is also our state precious gemstone, and Kokopelli is one of the mines in the area that allows people to pay a fee and mine there for the day. In fact, Kokopelli has been kind enough to offer us a great group discount! This Saturday June 23rd is our field trip there, but keep in mind that this is about a 6 hour drive from Reno and the mine opens at 8am. It's strongly recommended that you come out and camp with us overnight on the 22nd, or at the very least find a place to stay in Winnemucca which is 2 hours from the mine. Specifics of the trip including what the mining will be like, recommended tools, directions, and camping info are in your May Conglomerate. No, that's not a mistake! You'll have to go back and dig up your May issue for specifics if you don't have a handout sheet from one of the recent general meetings about the trip. If nothing else, bring plenty of food and water, buckets, sunscreen, bug spray, cash for the mining fee (be prepared to pay $125 a person but it could be less if enough people show), and extra gas if you want to play it safe. We hope to see you out there on this very exciting trip, and make sure to thank our society member Melissa Petterson when you see her out there for organizing this for us! Photos credit: Kokopelli Opals (kokopelliopals.com) ••••• #gems #minerals #gemstones #rockhound #rockhounding #preciousgems #virginvalley #virginvalleyopal #kokopelli #kokopelliopals #opal #blackfireopal #opals #gemsandminerals #gemandmineralsociety #reno #sparks #nevada #fieldtrip #camping #renogemandmineral #renogemandmineralsociety
 
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Tomorrow's the day for our first field trip of June! We're headed to Dead Camel Mountains for Lahontanite or Dead Camel jasper as well as other types of jasper and agate. This is a day field trip that only requires a higher clearance vehicle and stuff for surface collecting. Do brings lots of water and be wary of snakes though! We'll be leaving the meeting spot covered in your June Conglomerate at 8:45am to go to the collection site. This is the first time our Society has been to this location, so come check it out with us! Photo credit: Nvtrailrunner (on wikimedia here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/90/Dead_Camel_Mountains.jpg/800px-Dead_Camel_Mountains.jpg) ••••• #gems #minerals #rockhound #rockhounding #gemsandminerals #gemandmineralsociety #jasper #agate #lahontan #deadcamelmountains #deadcameljasper #reno #sparks #nevada #fieldtrip #renogemandmineralsociety #renogemandmineral
 
 
Our first camping trip of the year is almost upon us, Reno Rockhounds! This trip is out to Gabbs, Nevada for petrified wood (picture 1), jasper (picture 2), and agate. The trip starts on Friday May 25th but collecting will start the next day, and if you'd prefer to make it a day trip on Saturday or Sunday instead you're more than welcome to! On Saturday at 6pm there'll also be a potluck at the campsite. If you're new to the society, this is a great way to not only collect lovely pieces but also to connect with your fellow RGMS members! The trip lasts all Memorial Day Weekend from May 26 through 28. There's more info, including the meeting site and recommendations for what to bring and drive out there in, in your May Conglomerate. If Gabbs is a little out of the way or you're not much of a camping person then don't worry, our next day field trip is June 9th. Look for more information on that in your June Conglomerate or at the general meeting on June 6th! ••••• #gems #minerals #rockhound #rockhounding #gemsandminerals #gemandmineralsociety #gabbs #reno #sparks #nevada #petrifiedwood #opalizedwood #jasper #agate #fieldtrip #renogemandmineral #renogemandmineralsociety
 
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Got plans for Cinco de Mayo weekend? Save some time on Sunday morning to go out with us on our next field trip to Nightingale Springs outside Fernley! We'll be meeting at the designated spot (check your map or The Conglomerate for directions and more details) then heading out as a group to the collection site at 9am for moss agate and fossil shells like the ones shown here. High clearance vehicles are needed and 4x4's are recommended. Bring what you need for the hot weather out a ways from town, but the collecting will be easy and involve limited mining. It'll be a fun, near-by trip so hope everyone interested can make it! Credit: fossil specimens from Michelle Sundland ••••• #gems #minerals #fossil #fossils #rockhound #rockhounding #gemsandminerals #gemandmineralsociety #fernley #reno #sparks #nevada #shells #fossilshell #fossilshells #agate #mossagate #fieldtrip #renogemandmineralsociety #renogemandmineral
 
 
Some of the things on display today, including some of the prizes you could win in our raffle in the last picture. Not shown: the raffle's $500 grand prize! Come on down and get your tickets in if you're interested! Or just come to look at all our wonderful exhibits. You have about 4 hours left! ••••• #gems #minerals #gemandmineralshow #gemandmineralsociety #raffle #exhibits #silentauction #wheeloffortune #rockhound #jewelry #crafts #renogemandmineralsociety #renogemandmineral
 
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See something that catches your eye? These were all up for bidding at our silent auction yesterday. And there'll be plenty more incredible pieces (and some tools and storage items as well) at the silent auction today at Jackpot of Gems! The show's final day runs from 10am-4pm with silent auction rounds ending every 20 minutes. Auctions not your thing? You can also try our raffle with the grand prize of $500 or get yourself a guaranteed prize at the Wheel of Fortune table where every spin wins something! Come try and win the jackpot of your choice! ••••• #gems #minerals #gemsandminerals #gemandmineralshow #gemandmineralsociety #silentauction #wheeloffortune #raffle #exhibits #jewelry #fossils #fossil #familyfriendly #rockhound #reno #sparks #nevada #renogemandmineralsociety #renogemandmineral