Oct 14th, 2023, Red Top Field Trip Report

Once again a pretty nice day for our Red Top trip. Temperatures in the mid-50s and good road conditions. We had 12 people in 7 vehicles. Our lower dig site is still producing nice agate and jasper in the mid to upper pits. Good tumbling material. We only spent a short time here and then we hiked up the Indian Creek Trail to the Red Top Meadow. The pits up there are more stingy and one has to work harder at it. I only collected a handful of pieces here as opposed to a bucket at the lower dig. Nik and Loren reportedly did fairly well. Hoping they post their collection.

With me on this trip was Kelly & Tim B. + 3 friends, Noelle B., Gina M., Julie M., Ray M., Loren M., & Nik B.

Our next and last field trip of the year is scheduled for Nov. 11th at First Creek. This is a 2-mile hike on a good roadbed with a few ups and downs. Jogging carts or wagons work well to carry the load. Mostly we find agate nodules, jasper, crystal plates, and geodes (whole or fragments) here. This trip is weather dependent so pay attention to the e-mails from me. The announcement goes out a week or so before the trip.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (roger.danneman@gmail.com)
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Updated: October 19, 2023 — 9:51 am

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  • From the Top of the Rock Pile …. by Kat Koch Our club election is coming up in December. As I write this article, our membership stands at 145 families. We will most likely reach 150 family memberships by the end of the year. I point this out because we need some of our members to volunteer to run for board positions. Some volunteers have been board members for decades and are getting older. We really need younger members to step up for our club’s continuing success, which will be our younger members taking over the reins of our great

Meeting Announcements

  • Topic: As our field trips for 2023 come to an end, Roger Danneman, our Field Trip Guide, will talk about the field trips of 2023 and show off what was found. It will be interesting to see what can be found around Washington, as Roger has led our group on some great field trips. Show ‘n Tell: What have you found? Did you find something on the beach, on a field trip, in someone’s driveway, in a river, in a parking lot, or in your backyard? Show us your finds.

  • Topic: Our Annual Holiday party, potluck, the election of Officers, and action. Potluck: The club provides turkey and ham. Members fill in with veggies, salad, rolls, butter, dessert, drinks, etc. We generally have around 40 to 45 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is at 11:30 am, and dinner is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 4 pm. Election: After dinner, we hold the election of the Board of Directors for 2024. See Pete, the club secretary, if you want to volunteer for a Board position. Club Auction. Our club auctions are a great chance to pick up items at a fraction of their retail cost. You are welcome to donate items to the auction. All proceeds go to the club treasury to cover expenses. Our Young Tumblers can also spend their “Rock Bucks” at the auction that they have saved, just like cash for items they want.

  • Topic: Fossils of Washington state. Do you know what type of fossils you can find in Washington and what they most likely looked like when they lived? This meeting will be a PowerPoint presentation by Kat. You will be surprised by the types of fossils that can be found right here in our home state. We will display several fossils, including a baby Columbian Mammoth tooth found right here in Washington. This tooth is in the club’s permanent collection. Show ‘n Tell: Fossils you have in your collection. 

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