July 17th, 2022, Greenwater Field Trip Report

It was a great day for a dig. Cool and cloudy. 15 vehicles, 27 people, and 1 sweet dog went to the black agate site off FR7222. We dug there for about 4 hours. Black agate, tan jasper, and tan opal was what we were digging up. Our guests from Centralia dug deep (6 feet) and uncovered some large chunks of the agate/jasper. About half the group pursued other sites while I took the remaining half to show them the FR72 rockslide area. I don’t like taking groups there because it’s very steep and difficult and dangerous to work. But it’s a good site to go back to after a hard rain cleans off the loose rock. Some nice green jaspers and agate there. We then went further up FR72 to a quarry. There were hints of calcite and crystal veins in the host rock, but not much worth keeping. About 4:00 we called it quits. I stopped at the rockslide on the way down and found a few nice pieces for the tumbler. And then went back to the black agate site where Dan from Fife had taken over the Centralia pit. He had dug a bunch more out and I joined in. I was fortunate enough to fill up my bucket. If anyone on the trip didn’t get any of the black agate, let me know. I’ll see that you get some.

Attendees: Peggy S and guest Kalun, Kate T.s family, Becky P. and guests, Gina M., Julie M., Ann S. and dog Tess, Loren M., Christina and Russell L., John and Dave C., Teri G., Nik B., new member Chris W. from Spokane, guests Dave and Dick from Centralia and the Lewis County Rock Club, Ananda C., and of course me.

I have not scheduled a field trip for August. We are busy with the Aug. 20-21 Rock and Gem Show at Green River College. Should be an awesome weekend. I will have 2 display cases highlighting material collected on field trips

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (roger.danneman@gmail.com)
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Updated: July 24, 2022 — 9:17 am

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