Nov 17th, 2018 Blanchard Hill Field Trip Report

Gorgeous sunny weather for this fieldtrip to Blanchard Hill, although a bit chilly. The location is SW of Bellingham, about 90 miles from Renton. There were 10 vehicles on this trip, led by Ed Lehman. My son and I were the only CMS folks represented in the group. The material collected is different than what I was expecting. The rock outcrop contains white quartz, green chert, and black stilpnomelane (which Ed called a rare earth mineral). In combination, the 3 minerals can produce quite an impressive display. But also quite a varied arrangement, depending on what one decides to collect. Busting chunks out of the hard rock requires a sledge, chisel, safety glasses, and muscle, but there’s also a lot of rubble around that can be pawed through and collected. I will hopefully get a slab or two for the Dec. Christmas Party auction, as well as get some tumbled for Show and Tell at the Jan. or Feb. meeting.

Trip Report submitted by Roger Danneman CMS Field Trip Leader.

 

Updated: May 21, 2019 — 11:11 am

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  •   A Note from the President’s Desk . . . Our 2019 Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is almost sold out. This is very encouraging as last years show had 45 booths and this years show has 65 booths. Thank you Mark for taking on Show Chair again this year. It’s a huge job and you do an outstanding job! I have had a couple of members ask me why the 1 carat sapphire was given to a Young Tumblers and not an adult at our April Rock Bingo meeting. This stone was donated to the club with the specific

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  • TOPIC: A speaker from “Better Than Diamond” regarding lab grown gems. Come and learn all about lab grown gems. Our speaker is from right here in the Seattle area. It should be a very interesting meeting! Show ‘n Tell: Bring your favorite faceted gems or finds from the recent CMS field trip to First Creek.

  • Our regular Board Meeting is at 7 pm. Wendy’s Restaurant located at 505 E Smith St, Kent, WA 98030 We are now holding regular Show Committee meetings before the Board meeting at 6:30 pm. You do not need to be a Board Member or on a Show Committee in order to attend. You are always welcome to join us if you are interested in what goes on behind the scenes with our club or show.

  • The Young Tumblers (youth members) have their own door prize drawing at each meeting. We encourage our Young Tumblers to participate in Show ‘n Tell each month. We also have a section of our monthly newsletter for them only to earn Rock Bucks. Rock Bucks can be spent on the monthly raffle or the club auctions we have throughout the year. The website and newsletter now has your own section. Be sure to look at to see what’s new this month and any announcements.

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