CMS June 12th, 2021 field trip to Little Naches (thunder eggs, lily pad jasper, leaf fossils)

On June 12th, 2021, we’re going over Chinook Pass to Little Naches for Thunder Eggs, Lilypad Jasper, and Leaf Fossils.  The Thunder Egg dig site involves a ~1/2 mile hike, but the other two sites are next to the road. Meet 8:00AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.  Group leaves promptly at 8:15.
(Note: this was originally scheduled for June 26th, but DOT is getting the pass open by Memorial Day weekend, so I’m moving the date up in the schedule.)

We’ll drive over Chinook Pass to FR19 (Forest Road 19), turn left, and park on the side of FR19 where there’s a campground and toilets. This is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Enumclaw (~80 miles), and is around MP91 or 92 (milepost). We’ll make sure we have all the vehicles at that point, let people use the “facilities”, then head up FR19 for 1.6 miles, turn right on FR1901 for about 4.4 miles and park. The hike to the thunderegg dig spot is ~1/2 mile.
Probably spend 2 hours digging for thundereggs, and then head back to the cars where we’ll drive on to the next 2 sites. It will be a full day.

Roger Danneman (roger.danneman@gmail.com  hm # 425-228-8781 or cell  # 425-757-3506).

Updated: June 23, 2021 — 5:51 pm

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  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . I am so looking forward to Maple Valley Days at Lake Wilderness. It is going to be such a fun event. I still need 1 more volunteer for our club booth on Sunday morning, October 10th. Please contact me asap if you would like to volunteer. The club still needs rocks for the spinning wheel at this event. Please let me know if you have some and I can arrange to pick them up. Mike and I will also be selling at this event. If you should attend the

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  • We need to get our lapidary shop winterized. We are having a volunteer work party on Saturday, October 23rd, at 10:30 am. Contact Diana Horsfall for the address and further details. Her info is in the Tumbler.    

  • Dr. Russell Calvin Boggs will be speaking at our meeting. He is the founder and curator of the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum. Dr. Boggs will talk about the minerals of the Golden Horn Batholith at Washington Pass (Highway 20) in the North Cascades. He will also give a brief talk on the plans for the North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute. The North Cascades Mineralogical Research Institute and Museum is a non-profit corporation to promote mineralogical research, operate a mineralogical research lab (XRD, petrographic microscope, and Electron Microprobe), and operate a mineralogical museum primarily related to the Pacific Northwest. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he will be traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. Show ‘n Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil you have in your collection from Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

  • 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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