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 . . . . . . . Mike and I had a great road trip to the Tucson Gem Show, San Antonio – Texas, Buckhorn – New Mexico and an unexpected stop in Quartzsite. There were still many vendors there until the end of April. During our trip I found out my sister had a stroke so Mike dropped me off near Palm Springs to be with my sister and he then headed home. Shortly after Mike returned home my car was stolen and our house broken into. All our treasures from our

Meeting Announcements

  • Diamond Dan has generously given us permission to post or distribute May’s Mini Miner’s Monthly, a publication for young rock hounds. Please go to our website and download your copy. It has a lot of good activities for our Young Tumblers. They will not only learned some interesting rock and mineral facts but also pass the time doing the activities.

  • Please remember to renew your membership for 2020 if you have not done so. Even though we currently can not have club meetings we are making every effort to keep our club running smoothly. We are still providing you with our monthly club newsletter. Our field trips are continuing so check out our field trip link for May’s next adventure. On field trips we will require 6 ft distancing and no carpooling other than with your immediate family. Our “Young Tumblers” can continue to work on their badge of choice. All the badges you can earn is under the Young […]

  • Hello all Young Tumbler’s! How about earning 1 or more Badges during this time of having to stay home and no school. Under the Young Tumber’s link on this website you find our badge program and all the badges you can earn. Chose what badge you would like to work on and ask your Mom or Dad help you, if necessary. The club is also continuing to have monthly field trips. We will require 6 ft distancing at digging sites from other families or non-family individuals. Families only can carpool together. When we get back to our regular club meetings […]

Current News