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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Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: Mount St. Helens, Paul Ahnberg will be giving the presentation. Paul has been taking a months-long class on Mount St. Helens. It has included not only in-class studies but also a few trips to see Mount St. Helens. Paul says, “One thing I quickly recognized is that there is a lot more to the Mount St Helens story beyond the geology and eruption aspects.” So mark your calendar now, as this should be a fascinating lecture. Show ‘n Tell: Bring a sample of volcanic rock from your collection. A few samples of volcanic rock are Obsidian, Rhyolite, Pumice, Basalt, and Andesite.

  • Topic: Our annual club picnic at Lake Wilderness. Our picnic is always a friendly event on the lawn among the trees. For lunch, it is a potluck picnic. So bring a dish to share. If you don’t cook, pick up something from the market. If you are unable to bring anything, that’s okay too. We would rather have you join us for lunch than not. We generally have around 25 to 35 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is 11:30 am, and lunch is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 3 pm. The Arboretum has plenty of free parking. Following, we have a club auction. The auction is a great chance to pick up items at a fraction of their retail cost. You are welcome to donate items to the auction. All proceeds go to the club treasury to cover expenses. Our Young Tumblers can also spend their saved “Rock Bucks” at the auction just like cash for items they want. Afterward, Lake Wilderness is nearby for swimming, plus various play areas for the younger kids. Our annual picnics are always a great family event!

  • Topic: Pre-Gem Show Rally and then “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” This meeting is a fun new activity on our calendar. “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” You may bring up to 3 items for each category. Items must have been made, found, or bought within the last year. Winners of each category receive a prize. Members will vote for their favorites in each category, and then only 1 prize per adult and 1 prize per Young Tumbler for each category will be awarded. Plan on bringing items, as this should be a fun evening as we get to mingle with each other and talk rocks! Show ‘n Tell: They are your above entries.

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