April 20th, 2019 Saddle Mtn Field Trip Report

Turned out to be a beautiful day up on the Saddle Mountains for this trip. We had 16 vehicles in combination with Puyallup club. About half from CMS. Really nice tumbler material. Some of it just laying around on top of the ground. Much of it just under the surface. Logs are deeper if one wants to put in the effort. The material on top of the ground looked nice and clean, as if it was just washed by a spring rain, so was easy to spot.  After we collected for a few hours, we went to the diatom pits for common opal. Pictures 4 and 6 are from some of the opal I collected. The last pic one would think is a nice piece of petrified wood. But opal from these pits are formed on the bottoms of ancient freshwater lakes from the cell walls/shells of microscopic single celled diatoms, which are alga or plankton like in nature.
Submitted by Roger Danneman CMS Field Trip Guide.

 

Updated: May 21, 2019 — 11:10 am

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  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . I want to thank everyone that attended our Holiday Dinner. We had the best turnout since the club struck out on it’s own. 40 members, family and friends attended. We had a great selection of food. Best ever. Thank you to each one of you for making the dinner such a great success. I found out at our Holiday Dinner that some of our members are artistically talented beyond collecting rocks. If you have another talent besides collecting rocks please let me know. I found out John Cornell does beaded

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  • Meeting Topic: John Cornell, CMS Member, will be showing off his bead work. He does wall hangings of portraits, landscapes, still life, etc. out of beads. He will bring examples of partially completed and completed works. His work is presently on display at an art gallery in Greenwood.   Show ‘n Tell: Your favorite rock, mineral or lapidary item that you received or bought in 2019

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