Nov 12th, 2022, First Creek Field Trip Report

On Sat. Nov 12th we went to First Creek for agate, jasper, and crystal geodes. It was a cold but clear and sunny day. Temps were in the mid to upper 30s. We had a little bit of snow on the trail in some sections (1-2″) and in some of the dig areas, but the slopes facing southeast and south were clear and were the better option for collecting. Beautiful views of snow-covered hill tops and mountains. The hills above the trail are steep with rockslides and scree, and much care needs to be taken if attempting them. 8 other brave souls joined me on this 2-mile trek. So much great material to be found in the area. We collected for 3-4 hours and then I broke out my camp stove and kettle for hot cocoa, tea, and coffee as the sun was sinking low on the southwestern hill tops. Winter weather has definitely arrived in the Cascades and this was our last scheduled trip of the year. The CMS Christmas party is coming up on Sunday Dec. 4th where we have a potluck, quick meeting, and auction of club material. A nice way to cap off the year. I’ll be putting out the Field Trip schedule for 2023 in mid to late Jan. with our first trip being in March.

Attendees on this trip were Nik B., Peggy and Paul, Ananda C., Julie M., Gina M., new member Arlie W. and guest Tonya.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (
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Updated: November 20, 2022 — 6:10 pm

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile ….by Kat Koch We are starting to plan our 2023 Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. We still need a Show Chairperson. The show dates are September 16 & 17, 2023. The venue has been booked, we have a 1st Co-Chairperson, and many major show areas already have volunteers committed to covering them. Now we need a coordinator – that’s the Show Chairperson. I have copious notes on what needs to be coordinated. I am very willing to work closely with the Show Chairperson; to guide them, share my knowledge, and give you my two cents

Meeting Announcements

  • General Meeting – Thursday, January 12th Topic: Thunder Eggs This January, we’ll storm into the year’s presentations with a crowd favorite – Thunder Eggs! We’ll begin with some fascinating Thunder Egg science – how they’re formed, what they’re made of, where they can be found, etc. – and then we’ll jump into a fun Show-n-Tell. Share some of your favorite Thunder Egg specimens from your collection. Members will vote on their favorite Thunder Eggs. The door prize winners will be the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Thunder Egg owners. Show ‘n Tell: Bring a few of your favorite Thunder Eggs to share, along with your favorite Thunder Egg stories and cutting/polishing advice. Myth: The Thunder Egg was believed by the Pacific Northwest Native Americans to be thunderous rock eggs thrown across the valley between Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson in Oregon by the warring Thunder Gods whenever they became angry with or jealous of each other. Hence, the English version of the Indian name is “thunder eggs.” We’ll see you there!

  • General Meeting – Thursday, February 9th Topic: Let’s take a look at what our members make or collect. Do you intarsia, knapping, carve rocks, tumble, make jewelry, facet, field trip finds, cabbing, silversmithing, spheres, specific minerals, rocks or fossils, or ? Please bring 3 to 6 samples and show them off at this meeting. Be prepared to tell us about your items. Show ‘n Tell: The topic at this meeting is a big show ‘n tell session. Show Off Your Interests We Would All Love To See What Our Members Are Doing

  • General Meeting – Thursday, April 13th This meeting has been planned for April because the Kent, Renton, and Covington School Districts are on spring break, so all our Young Tumblers plan on attending this fun meeting as there is no school the next day. Bring your friends too. Topic: Fluorescent Rocks!! Not all rocks are what they seem. We have all heard about shapeshifters in sci-fi movies. How about very real color shifters? The club will have a collection of fluorescent rocks for everyone to see. It is interesting to see the different colors rocks become under short or long-wave UV lights. We will then examine members’ rocks and see what happens under UV light. Show ‘n Tell: Bring your rocks, and we will see if they change colors too. This is a fun meeting, so gather up your rocks that you suspect might be fluorescent and bring them to the meeting!!

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