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

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  • Topic: Out-of-state rockhounding sites by Roger Danneman Oregon, Utah, Idaho, Montana, etc. – So many rockhounding places! We have a few members who have combined a road trip vacation and rockhounding that will collaborate on this. It’s interesting to see the variety of material from these areas. After this meeting, you may want to plan a road trip too! Show ‘n Tell: Show us something you have found or bought on a road trip.

  • April 11th – Rock Bingo (Spring Break) and Food Drive This meeting is our annual “Rock Bingo” night. It is held during spring break so our Young Tumblers and their friends can attend without worrying about school the next day. Each member is asked to bring 3 wrapped items for each person who intends to play Bingo. You can play up to 3 games in person, and every person goes home a winner. Please try to donate an item you would like to receive, not junk slabs and rocks. Let’s all plan to have a fun evening together. Guests are welcome, and we encourage our Young Tumblers to bring their friends. Food Drive – We are collecting food for the Kent Food again. Try to donate 1 item or more for every person playing Bingo.

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