Nov 13th, 2021 First Creek Field Trip Report

We were lucky and got a day in between the Pineapple Express storms for our last scheduled field trip of the year. No ice or snow on the pass, so that was also a relief. 16 people and 1 sweet dog joined me for the 2 mile hike into First Creek on Nov. 13th. Welcome to several new members who joined the very week of the trip. Temperatures were in the low to mid 40s and no rain, so it was comfortable for hiking and digging. Some very nice finds were made. A lot of excitement with each one. I’ll let the pictures speak to those. Afterwards I stopped at Thorp for some apples and then Cle Elum for gas and then 10 miles down the road I hit hard rain. Very thankful that it waited.
Probably the next chance to make nice finds will be at the Christmas party on Sunday Dec. 12th. Check the Web site and/or the Tumbler for details, but as of this writing, the Board voted to have the traditional pot luck and auction. So game on.
Typically my scheduled field trips begin in March with Baker Lake and Swift Creek. Sometime in January I’ll have the schedule on the Web site. Cheers and happy holidays everyone.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (
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Updated: November 16, 2021 — 10:38 pm

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  • The 2021 holidays are coming upon us very fast!   I am so happy to say that this year we are having our annual potluck dinner, the election of officers, and club auction. Mark Your Calendars Now! Sunday, December 12th, the setup is at 11 am, and dinner is at noon. Our dinner will be held at our regular meeting place, American Legion Hall, Kent. The club supplies roasted turkey and baked ham. You bring a side dish of your choice. If you don’t cook, you can always bring a store-bought dessert, drinks, dinner rolls and butter, cranberry sauce, or something from the grocery deli counter. Just be sure to bring your own silverware and plate. If, for some reason, you can’t bring anything, please plan on joining us anyway. We would rather see you than not see you. It’s always enjoyable to sit and talk with each other and enjoy the season together. It is the club’s opportunity to say thank you for being a member this year. Kat Koch, President        

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