June 13th, 2020 Saddle Mountain Field Trip Report

On Sat. June 13th we went over to the central WA Saddle Mountains near Mattawa.  It was windy, but it was dry with moderate temperatures.  I had previously scheduled a trip to Red Top on this weekend, but that area was closed due to a police hunt and since our April trip to Saddle Mtn. had been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, the switch was a good one.  We had 12 people in 7 vehicles  – 7 members and 5 guests.  Everyone got their limit and then we went over to the diatom pits near Beverly for some of the diatom opal.  First 4 pics are on Saddle Mtn.  Second 4 pics are of petrified wood.  Last 4 pics are of diatom opal.

Submitted by Roger Danneman CMS Field Trip Guide.

















































Updated: June 15, 2020 — 6:09 pm

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  • Please remember to renew your membership for 2020 if you have not done so. Even though we currently can not have club meetings we are making every effort to keep our club running smoothly. We are still providing you with our monthly club newsletter. Our field trips are continuing so check out our field trip link for May’s next adventure. On field trips we will require 6 ft distancing and no carpooling other than with your immediate family. Our “Young Tumblers” can continue to work on their badge of choice. All the badges you can earn is under the Young […]

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