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

Presidents Message

  • From the Top of the Rock Pile . . . I want to thank everyone that attended our Holiday Dinner. We had the best turnout since the club struck out on it’s own. 40 members, family and friends attended. We had a great selection of food. Best ever. Thank you to each one of you for making the dinner such a great success. I found out at our Holiday Dinner that some of our members are artistically talented beyond collecting rocks. If you have another talent besides collecting rocks please let me know. I found out John Cornell does beaded

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  • Meeting Topic: John Cornell, CMS Member, will be showing off his bead work. He does wall hangings of portraits, landscapes, still life, etc. out of beads. He will bring examples of partially completed and completed works. His work is presently on display at an art gallery in Greenwood.   Show ‘n Tell: Your favorite rock, mineral or lapidary item that you received or bought in 2019

  • 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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