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Rockhunt Schedule through January 2019

The Good News is….  Here’s the schedule through January 2019!

This year, I have 4 ranches available for rockhunting.  I’ll be leading a set of 4-day weekends of rockhunting, with one of the four days on each ranch.   I will change the order of the ranches for each weekend, so that if you can only come on one day of the week, you can still get to each ranch.  Here is the schedule for November, 2018 through January, 2019:

Date Time Trip Location Leader
Thursday, 11/8 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Friday, 11/9 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Saturday 11/10 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person
Sunday 11/11 8:00 a.m. Stillwell Ranch 50 cents per lb. of rock you take
Thursday 11/22 8:00 a.m. Stillwell Ranch 50 cents per lb. of rock you take
Friday 11/23 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Saturday, 11/24 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Sunday, 11/25 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person
Thursday, 12/13 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person
Friday, 12/14 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Saturday, 12/15 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Sunday, 12/16 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Thursday, 12/20 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Friday, 12/21 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person
Saturday, 12/22 8:00 a.m. Stillwell Ranch 50 cents per lb. of rock you take
Sunday, 12/23 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Thursday, 12/27 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Friday, 12/28 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Saturday, 12.29 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person
Sunday, 12/30 8:00 a.m. Stillwell Ranch 50 cents per lb. of rock you take
Thursday, 1/24/19 8:00 a.m. Stillwell Ranch 50 cents per lb. of rock you take
Friday, 1/25/19 9:00 a.m. Ritchie Ranch $10 entrance fee plus $1/lb
Saturday, 1/26/19 8:00 a.m. East Needle Peak $40 per person
Sunday, 1/27/19 8:00 a.m. South Larremore Ranch $50 per person

As usual, all trips start in front of the Antelope Lodge, 2310 W. Highway 90, Alpine.  To reserve your place on a trip, email me at agatehunter@sbcglobal.net.  Payment for the trip is not due until the morning of the trip.  All the ranches accept cash or check, and the Stillwell also accepts credit cards.  At least one person in your group needs to be a member of the Rollin’ Rock Club to go on the trips.  Cost is $10 per year for a single membership and $16 for a dual membership, purchasable at the time of the trip.

If no one is signed up for a trip 48 hours before it starts it will be cancelled.  Once cancelled, it can’t be “un-cancelled”.  So be sure to sign up!

Since the Antelope Lodge has changed ownership, the prices have gone up somewhat, and the amenities are different.  But the reservation website name is the same, www.antelopelodge.com.

As for the bad news, I’m sorry to report that another of the classic rockhunting locations, the Walker Ranch, is permanently closed to rockhunters.  It has been sold to the Wood family, who purchased the Woodward Ranch several years ago. They had bad experiences with rockhunters after purchasing the Woodward Ranch, and they do not care to open it up to us.  Even the name “Walker Ranch” has disappeared:  it’s now part of the Wood ranch.

The winds of change are also blowing through my life since we sold the Antelope Lodge last December. For a number of reasons, this will probably be the last year that I lead field trips for the full Fall-Winter-Spring season.  So if you’ve been waiting for a compelling reason to come out here, that’s it.  I don’t know what the schedule will look like for 2019 -2020, but my guess is that it will be compressed into a fairly hectic month or two.  I’ll post the new developments in my life that have led to this decision on my webiite or tell y’all when you’re out here rockhunting.

I hope to see y’all this winter!

Regards,

Teri

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