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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  • Sorry for the late update on the website. Due to Covid and the flu, our family has been sick. I would also like to note, that we have lost our videographer. Until we find a replacement volunteer, our meetings will not be on YouTube. From the Top of the Rock Pile  Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 2 weeks from show time when you read this! Our August meeting will be a recap of what’s going on at our Cascade Gem Show. It will also be our last call for volunteers. Then Jim

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  • Topic: This is our last meeting before our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. There will be a rundown of our show and what you can expect to happen. It will also be our last call for volunteers. It is imperative that we get more volunteers. As Roger, our Field Trip Guides, says “Many hands make light work.” You don’t have to wait until this meeting to volunteer for the show. Just click on the website front page link to volunteer. Unforeseen change in the meeting agenda. Bring or ugliest or most unusual rock, fossil, or mineral. Be prepared to tell us what it is and where you found or got it.  

  •   Topic: A recap on how our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show went. Financial analysis and a critique of the show. What went great, and where do we need to improve next year. Then we are going to try something new. A sticky note timeline chart. We are going to have a yearly timeline chart from 1935 to 2022. We are going to ask you to put 3 sticky notes on the timeline with your name on each and then 1st Note first time you went rockhounding and your age 2nd Note the most memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age 3rd Note another memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age Then place each of your sticky notes on the timeline. Just before Show ‘N Tell, we will take a look at the chart. Then during Show ‘N Tell you can come up and look at the chart and discuss it with each other. Show’N Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil that means a lot to you.  

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