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.

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Updated: September 17, 2022 — 8:45 pm

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