March and April 2018 Field Trips Report

On March 17 there was a joint trip to Mayfield Dam Quarry led by Dennis Batchelor of Puyallup Valley Gem and Mineral Club. I heard that material is getting harder to find there. The seams of jasper/agate are in pockets of the rubble pile, so finding a pocket is helpful. Pictures from previous trip can be found on Facebook CMS Group Page.

On March 17 there was also a WSMC field trip to Baker Lake, Swift Creek, and Grandy Creek up by Mt. Baker attended by CMS club members Roger D. and John C. Nice river rocks with swirling patterns were found here. Clear agate material was found where Swift Creek enters Baker Lake, but they were mostly small samples laying on top. Dig tools would have been handy to see if larger ones were down under the 1st layer of rocks. Water levels were low at this time of year, so collecting was easy with waders and PVC gloves. Interesting colorful jasper found in Grandy Creek.  Looked for jade, but didn’t find any this trip. Check Facebook CMS Group Page for photos.

On April 21st there was a joint trip to Saddle Mtn for petrified wood led by Dennis Batchelor of Puyallup Valley Gem and Mineral Club. I heard that everyone found nice material, but it was very windy on those hills this trip.

Updated: May 24, 2018 — 3:37 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . I am busy with planning and writing the website to sell booth space for our 2020 Show. I am also the Bulletin Aids Chair for NFMS this year. It is the busiest time of the year for this position as I am in charge of all the NFMS contest submissions except websites. Thank goodness, this closes our shortly. FYI: There isno conflict of interest as I do not judge any of the entries from our club. Mike has threatened to tie my hands down in order for me not to

Meeting Announcements

  •   Meeting Topic: Our Field Trip Leader Roger Dennemen will talk about planned field trips for 2020. He will also have samples of the rocks, minerals and crystals that can be found.   Show ‘n Tell: What have you found on a field trip.   Hope to see everyone!  

  • The Young Tumblers (youth members) have their own door prize drawing at each meeting. We encourage our Young Tumblers to participate in Show ‘n Tell each month. We also have a section of our monthly newsletter for them only to earn Rock Bucks. Rock Bucks can be spent on the monthly raffle or the club auctions we have throughout the year. The website and newsletter now has your own section. Be sure to look at to see what’s new this month and any announcements.

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