Sept 10th, 2022, Crystal Mtn Field Trip Report

We had a beautiful day at Crystal Mtn. (north of Ellensburg) for our Sept. 10th field trip. The air was a little hazy from wildfire smoke, but it didn’t bother us that much, although the next day my throat was feeling the effects. Still, some beautiful views looking out over First Creek, the Stuart range, the Teanaway valley to the west and the Kittitas valley to the south. Our group was comprised of 13 vehicles, 22 people, and 4 dogs. For a few people it was their first field trip and we all had a blast. A variety of agate, jasper, and crystal/geode fragments were collected from the 2 sites that we visited. It’s the first time we’ve taken a trip here and I’ll plan to put it on the schedule for next year. Special thanks to Phillip T. and John and Dave C. for helping to manage the group.
The next planned trip is to Redtop on Oct. 15th.

Attendees: Phillip T. and dog Tito, Peggy S, Paul A. and guest Kalun, Kate T. and son, Gina M., Julie M., Ann S. and dog Tess, Loren M., John C., Dave C., Kamera M. and dog Gracie, Nik B., Chris W., Chris V. and guest, and new member Larry C. and son, and of course me.

Submitted by Roger Danneman Field Trip Guide (
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Updated: September 17, 2022 — 8:45 pm

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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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