Author Archives: thomasfarley01

About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

Gold!

I got these little and now treasured pieces from a fellow rockhound and miner in Mariposa County. I was writing an article on Mariposite at the time and the two of us fell into a deep discussion of gold at … Continue reading

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At Least I Got to Go

I’ve been thinking of my dead friend, time spent, and Cinderella. There are many versions of the Cinderella story, some dating back hundreds of years. The version I recall had her doing a good deed for a beggar, although she … Continue reading

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Field Trip in California’s Mojave Desert Coming Up!

I’ve been to this rock shop several times and gone out on one of their field trips. Highly recommended to do both. If you can’t catch this trip, check out their schedule for future events. Only fifty people permitted on … Continue reading

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Non-collecting area but a nice place to spend a few hours near Las Vegas. Went looking for an old mine but had to turn around when the road changed into a Jeep trail. Managed to make it back. Many interesting … Continue reading

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A Good Man Gone

Another good friend has died a stinking, low, miserable death. I believe in God and that another world exists, only sometimes glimpsed. But I have difficulty understand suffering. Even a man as steeped in faith as the Reverend Billy Graham found … Continue reading

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Fallbrook, California

A volunteer named Mary shows off newly installed display cases at the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum in Fallbrook, California. The displays are so bright they overwhelmed my camera. Of course, that brightness makes the minerals and their descriptions very … Continue reading

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Back on The Road Again for My Book

I’ll be traveling soon to San Diego County, although I haven’t decided on the exact date. I may be encountering rain and I am packing my rain clothes. Rain. Here’s what I’ve learned about working and hiking in it. Rain … Continue reading

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