June 12th, 2021 Little Naches Field Trip Report

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On June 12th we went to the Little Naches area. We had a group of 16. It was a perfect weather day of mid-60s and partly cloudy skies. Such a beautiful scenic drive skirting Mt. Rainier and going over Chinook Pass. Earlier rainfall had softened the ground at our dig sites. We spent about 2 1/2 hours digging at the thunderegg site and about 2 hours at the lilypad jasper site. I pointed out the leaf fossil mud stone on the way so folks could hit that last if they chose to do so. I collected about a 1/2 bucket of thundereggs, many already broken in half, much of which will go into my tumbler. When they’re already broken, it makes it easier to choose the nicer blue chalcedony filled nodules and leave the pale ones behind. I also collected a 1/2 bucket of the lilypad. Everyone was finding some decent material and I’m glad that we went early in the season this year to avoid any fire closures and extreme heat. This area will probably continue to be a June trip for us.

Next trip is scheduled for July 17th at Greenwater for agate, jasper, and common opal.  Details will be sent to the CMS Field Trip distribution list the weekend before the trip.  If you’re not getting my e-mails, then you’re not in my list.  So contact me if you wish to be added.

Submitted by Roger Danneman CMS Field Trip Guide.  Roger.Danneman@gmail.com



















































Updated: June 23, 2021 — 5:49 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . . Boy was it good to see everyone after 16 months of no in-person meetings! We had a good turnout. I estimate we had 30 people. 27 members signed in but I think there were about 3 additional people who didn’t make it to the sign-in table. I would like to remind everyone to sign in at the front door. You get a door prize ticket for the drawing later in the meeting plus for insurance purposes, we need a headcount and the names of those who attended our meeting.

Meeting Announcements

  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum Annual Picnic Potluck – Sunday, August 8th Setup noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch together at 12:30 pm. You bring your picnic lunch and the club provides drinks and a limited selection of store-bought desserts. If you attend church and are a little late  – that’s okay too. Mark your calendar now and plan on attending! It’s always so nice visiting with each other outside of our club meetings. This is such a beautiful, relaxing location for our annual Club picnic. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is so gracious to allow us to use this outstanding spot. We are under the trees which with picnic tables and parking. It’s a great family event. Afterward, the Lake is within an easy distance for swimming, beach fun, and the children’s play area. We advise that you move your car to that section’s parking lot if you decide to take advantage of the lake beach and playground areas. Our club Arboretum parking area closes after we are done. It is a picnic with a rock and mineral auction following. It’s also a great time to sit and chat with each other and talk “rock”.   Lake Wilderness Beach area.           Lake Wilderness Park – all new!      

  • 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. Mark your calendars and plan on attending. I would like to give him a warm welcome as he traveling from Marblemount during peak traffic time to speak to us. 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.

  • 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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