July 15th, 2023, Greenwater Field Trip Report

On Sat. July 15th we went into the Greenwater area for black agate, tan jasper, and opal. It was a nice day but got into the 80s, so kind of hot. Fortunately, that area has shade. It was a big group with 17 vehicles, 29 people, and 3 dogs. The black agate site is deep in the woods off of FR7222. We dug there for about 4 hours. The Centralia pit that was dug out last year was still productive. Some large chunks came out of it. The Forest Service has started locking a gate higher up on FR 72 and the rockslide that has the green agate/jasper is now a 1 mile hike up the road. Loren M. said they told him inside the Enumclaw Ranger Station that they’re going to start closing more roads up there. I don’t know if an explanation was given. I tried to make sure everyone had some agate to take home, but if you didn’t get any, let me know. I have extra.

Attendees: Jason S. & Weston, Scott & Laurie M., Nik & Michelle B., Erica & Chris D., Colin & Jessie O., Adrian, Malka R. & Ashley, Loren M., Scott H., Mike L, Julie & Gina M., Kari C. & Dave, Lloyd & Sharleen S., Les & Shari C., Justin R., Chris W. +2, and of course me.

Sat. August 12th is the CMS summer picnic at Lake Wilderness. It’s potluck plus an auction of club material. Good deals on nice rocks. That takes the place of our monthly field trip. Would love to see all of our members there.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (roger.danneman@gmail.com)
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Updated: September 19, 2023 — 10:06 pm

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  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch Table Lamps – Remember we are looking for new table lamps for our show ‘n tell tables. If you go to Goodwill, a similar store, or would like to donate, the lights must fold up easily for storage. Save the receipt and the club will reimburse you. Our June meeting is Rock Bingo! Rock Bingo is always a fun night for all members, young and old. The Kent kids are out of school, so they don’t have to worry about school the next day.  The club is looking for

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Mount St. Helens, Paul Ahnberg will be giving the presentation. Paul has been taking a months-long class on Mount St. Helens. It has included not only in-class studies but also a few trips to see Mount St. Helens. Paul says, “One thing I quickly recognized is that there is a lot more to the Mount St Helens story beyond the geology and eruption aspects.” So mark your calendar now, as this should be a fascinating lecture. Show ‘n Tell: Bring a sample of volcanic rock from your collection. A few samples of volcanic rock are Obsidian, Rhyolite, Pumice, Basalt, and Andesite.

  • Topic: Our annual club picnic at Lake Wilderness. Our picnic is always a friendly event on the lawn among the trees. For lunch, it is a potluck picnic. So bring a dish to share. If you don’t cook, pick up something from the market. If you are unable to bring anything, that’s okay too. We would rather have you join us for lunch than not. We generally have around 25 to 35 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is 11:30 am, and lunch is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 3 pm. The Arboretum has plenty of free parking. Following, we have a club auction. The auction is a great chance to pick up items at a fraction of their retail cost. You are welcome to donate items to the auction. All proceeds go to the club treasury to cover expenses. Our Young Tumblers can also spend their saved “Rock Bucks” at the auction just like cash for items they want. Afterward, Lake Wilderness is nearby for swimming, plus various play areas for the younger kids. Our annual picnics are always a great family event!

  • Topic: Pre-Gem Show Rally and then “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” This meeting is a fun new activity on our calendar. “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” You may bring up to 3 items for each category. Items must have been made, found, or bought within the last year. Winners of each category receive a prize. Members will vote for their favorites in each category, and then only 1 prize per adult and 1 prize per Young Tumbler for each category will be awarded. Plan on bringing items, as this should be a fun evening as we get to mingle with each other and talk rocks! Show ‘n Tell: They are your above entries.

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