Aug 21st, 2021 Salmon Creek Field Trip Report

We had a great trip on Aug. 21st looking for carnelian agates and jaspers at Salmon Creek. I was impressed with what the group was finding. There’s just something very calming about looking for agates in a stream. We had 16 people and 8 vehicles on this outing, comfortable temperatures and overall very good conditions. Lots of excitement and smiles along the way, as treasures were found.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The next outing on our schedule is Sept. 11th to Red Top Mountain near Cle Elum, for blueish-grey agate, jaspers, and crystal geode fragments. WA DNR managed lands are closed right now due to high fire danger, but Red Top is a National Forest managed property. What I don’t know is the status of the roads leading around the mountain, which is where we typically go. Notification e-mail will go out on Sept. 4th, at which time I should have an idea if our trip is on or not.

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Updated: August 24, 2021 — 3:42 pm

Presidents Message

  • Sorry for the late update on the website. Due to Covid and the flu, our family has been sick. I would also like to note, that we have lost our videographer. Until we find a replacement volunteer, our meetings will not be on YouTube. From the Top of the Rock Pile  Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 2 weeks from show time when you read this! Our August meeting will be a recap of what’s going on at our Cascade Gem Show. It will also be our last call for volunteers. Then Jim

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: This is our last meeting before our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. There will be a rundown of our show and what you can expect to happen. It will also be our last call for volunteers. It is imperative that we get more volunteers. As Roger, our Field Trip Guides, says “Many hands make light work.” You don’t have to wait until this meeting to volunteer for the show. Just click on the website front page link to volunteer. Unforeseen change in the meeting agenda. Bring or ugliest or most unusual rock, fossil, or mineral. Be prepared to tell us what it is and where you found or got it.  

  •   Topic: A recap on how our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show went. Financial analysis and a critique of the show. What went great, and where do we need to improve next year. Then we are going to try something new. A sticky note timeline chart. We are going to have a yearly timeline chart from 1935 to 2022. We are going to ask you to put 3 sticky notes on the timeline with your name on each and then 1st Note first time you went rockhounding and your age 2nd Note the most memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age 3rd Note another memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age Then place each of your sticky notes on the timeline. Just before Show ‘N Tell, we will take a look at the chart. Then during Show ‘N Tell you can come up and look at the chart and discuss it with each other. Show’N Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil that means a lot to you.  

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