April 24th, 2021 Saddle Mtn Field Trip Report

On Saturday April 24th, we had 20 people and 9 vehicles head up to Saddle Mountain for petrified wood. The weather was a bit on the cool and damp side, but we found lots of material. I found a few chunks worth cutting, and a bucket of pretty nice tumbler material. A mixture of colorful agatized/jasperized pieces and “wood like” fragments/chunks. Now I just have to wait for my tumblers to free up from their current loads.
Afterwards we went to the diatom pits to see what opal chunks we could find. We had to scout around a bit, but there were some nice pieces in the discard mounds. 4 of us loaded up what I’m estimating to be a 300 pounder into Ron J.’s truck. I think that was the only rock he took home that day. I’m anxious to see what it’s like after it gets cleaned up.

Submitted by Roger Danneman CMS Field Trip Guide.







































Updated: May 8, 2021 — 7:10 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . We will be resuming in-person club meetings on June 10th, Thursday at 7 pm. We will have our regular meeting at the American Legion Hall, Kent. Mike and I took a 3 week vacation/road trip via the giant redwoods on our way to Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains behind San Bernardino, CA. We had 2 weeks hanging around this beautiful lake. We went on a couple of leisurely drives looking for rocks but all we found were several types of granite. We then headed to Las Vegas

Meeting Announcements

  • Finally and at last we are resuming in-person meetings on June 10th at 7 pm at the American Legion Hall, Kent. Our topic for the evening will be a power point presentation on picture stones. Shown ‘n Tell will be something rock, mineral or fossil item you have done or acquired in the last 15 months. Google GPS lists the address as American Legion Hall, S 252nd St Kent, WA 98030 (No building address number.) Bing GPS doesn’t list it correctly no matter how you enter the address. When we resume our in-person meetings the club has obtained sanitizers to sanitize the tables, chairs and hands. Everyone will be required to wear a mask.

  • Time is Running Out – Lower Dues for 2021 2021 club membership dues is $15 for a family or individual! The Board has approved a temporary reduction in our dues for 2021 only to $15 per family or individual. As of October our dues will go back up to $25 per family or individual. Our club is resuming in person general meetings on June 10th. Our general meetings are held on the 2nd Thursdays of each month at 7 pm. From our website you can use a credit card to renew your membership. You can also mail a check to CMS, c/o Charles Benedict, 25838 W. Lake Wilderness Dr. SE, Maple Valley WA 98038.

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