Oct 15th, 2022, Red Top Field Trip Report

Once again a great day for our field trip, this time to Red Top. Th=e late summer weather just keeps on giving. 17 vehicles, 34 people, and 2 dogs made up a pretty large group heading out of Cle Elum. Quite a few new members. Everybody made it up to our first site which is still a good productive site for nice colorful agate and jasper. We spent a couple of hours here digging and collecting, and then about 1/2 the group hiked up the Indian Creek Trail to the Red Top Meadow where we spent another 2 hours. I had read a post that the dig pits up at the meadow had been all closed up, but that was not the case. Still lots of holes up there so a person can continue someone else’s hard work. Very dry and dusty in the pits though. I didn’t do that well at the meadow, but I was out of energy and didn’t like the dust. Did well at the lower dig site though. The roads in the Red Top area have really been worked on. Graded, potholes filled, and the side trees clipped. It’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen it and far above the forest roads of our other sites.
Next trip is to First Creek on Nov. 12th which is our last scheduled trip of 2022.

Attendees: Erica D. and Chris, Ananda C., Joye E. and Nancy, Gina M., Julie M., guests Charlie and Christina, Ann S. and dog Tess (met us at the meadow), Loren M., Kamera M. and dog Gracie, Nik B., Chris W., and dog Cody, Jenn S., Melissa T. and John, Jenn R. Meghan and Ashley, Sara N. group of 7, John N. and Mason, Tanya K., Artem T. and son, and of course me.  Sorry if I forgot anyone.  It was a large group.  But lots of fun.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (roger.danneman@gmail.com)
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Updated: October 21, 2022 — 9:36 am

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  • Topic: Mount St. Helens, Paul Ahnberg will be giving the presentation. Paul has been taking a months-long class on Mount St. Helens. It has included not only in-class studies but also a few trips to see Mount St. Helens. Paul says, “One thing I quickly recognized is that there is a lot more to the Mount St Helens story beyond the geology and eruption aspects.” So mark your calendar now, as this should be a fascinating lecture. Show ‘n Tell: Bring a sample of volcanic rock from your collection. A few samples of volcanic rock are Obsidian, Rhyolite, Pumice, Basalt, and Andesite.

  • Topic: Our annual club picnic at Lake Wilderness. Our picnic is always a friendly event on the lawn among the trees. For lunch, it is a potluck picnic. So bring a dish to share. If you don’t cook, pick up something from the market. If you are unable to bring anything, that’s okay too. We would rather have you join us for lunch than not. We generally have around 25 to 35 members attend. Bring your plate and silverware. Setup is 11:30 am, and lunch is at noon. We usually wrap things up by 3 pm. The Arboretum has plenty of free parking. Following, we have a club auction. The auction is 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 saved “Rock Bucks” at the auction just like cash for items they want. Afterward, Lake Wilderness is nearby for swimming, plus various play areas for the younger kids. Our annual picnics are always a great family event!

  • Topic: Pre-Gem Show Rally and then “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” This meeting is a fun new activity on our calendar. “I Made It,” “I Found It,” and “I Bought It.” You may bring up to 3 items for each category. Items must have been made, found, or bought within the last year. Winners of each category receive a prize. Members will vote for their favorites in each category, and then only 1 prize per adult and 1 prize per Young Tumbler for each category will be awarded. Plan on bringing items, as this should be a fun evening as we get to mingle with each other and talk rocks! Show ‘n Tell: They are your above entries.

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