St. Patty’s Day Field Trip to Dobell Ranch

We had thirteen club members drive out to Dobell Ranch to collect petrified wood.  Everyone was in high spirits, and the weather was cooperative, providing us with a gorgeous day.  We had so much fun both Linda & I forgot to take photos. Here’s a link to the Dobell Ranch website’s photo gallery:

Noah Dobell was incredibly helpful and generously donated a bucket of petrified wood and a bunch of dinosaur bones for us to use in our Kids Zone at our show in June.

You Might Be a Rockhound


  • you think road cuts are built as tourist attractions.
  • you describe your vacations by the rocks you brought home.
  • the rockpile in your garage is over your head.
  • your PC screen saver features pictures of rocks.
  • you find rocks when you empty your pockets at night.
  • you went to a rock festival and you hate music.
  • you gave rocks, tumblers, or rock tools as gifts.
  • friends say they’re going to Tucson, you assume it’ll be in February.
  • you can find Quartzsite on a map in less than 5 seconds.
  • someone mentions “Franklin” you think of New Jersey rather than Ben.
  • you can pronounce “molybdenite” correctly on the first try.
  • the polished slab on your bolo tie is six inches in diameter.
  • the bookshelves in your home hold more rocks than books; and the books that are there are about rocks.
  • on a trip to Europe, you’re the only member of the group who spends their time looking at cathedral walls through a pocket magnifier.
  • you think you KNOW how to pronounce “chalcedony.”
  • you are thinking about giving out rocks for Halloween.
  • you planted flowers in your rock garden.
  • you purchase things like drywall compound just to have another nice bucket to carry rocks in.
  • the club you belong to uses rocks for center-pieces for the annual Christmas dinner.
  • the first thing you pack for your vacation is a chisel and a hammer.
  • you know what findings are for.
  • you watch the scenery in movies instead of the actors.
  • your company asks you not to bring any more rocks to the office until they have time to reinforce the floor.
  • the local jewelry stores & libraries give out your name for information on rock clubs.
  • you examine individual rocks in driveway gravel.
  • your local rock shops send you get well cards when you don’t stop by in more than a week.

Field Trip Report – Gray Mountain

December 9, 2017 – We had seven club members head out to Gray Mountain to collect Petrified Wood and Jasper.  The morning started out a bit cooler than most of us found comfortable, but by the time we got to our second stop the wind had died down and the temperature was as nearly perfect as I’ve ever felt it out there.

We followed several dirt tracks just to see where they went and found plenty of the rocks we were looking for – including a few specimens of Petrified Wood sporting delightful druzy crystals.  The Jasper was plentiful in a couple of spots just off the main road into the BLM area we were collecting in.

As several of us hadn’t followed the main road all the way out to the Little Colorado river before, we took that drive, which is well worth it if you enjoy amazing sandstone sculptures.