In October, Mike Conkle & Gerry Kasman (Burbank office) led a group of over two dozen cub scouts and boy scouts to the annual Gem-o-Rama in Trona, California. Trona is an unincorporated community in San Bernardino County located about 30 minutes east of Ridgecrest. The same collection of geologic forces which created the Searles Valley where Trona sits also created the natural resources of Searles Dry Lake, which contains rich deposits of chemicals, including dozens of minerals. The weekend trip included field trips out onto Searles Lake where the scouts could collect rare hanksite minerals from the mud, pink halite (salt) from the brine pools, and many more specimens. The purpose of the trip was to show scouts the fun (and dirty) side of geology.