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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  • Sorry for the late update on the website. Due to Covid and the flu, our family has been sick. I would also like to note, that we have lost our videographer. Until we find a replacement volunteer, our meetings will not be on YouTube. From the Top of the Rock Pile  Our Cascade Gem & Mineral Show is coming up. We will be about 2 weeks from show time when you read this! Our August meeting will be a recap of what’s going on at our Cascade Gem Show. It will also be our last call for volunteers. Then Jim

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  • Topic: This is our last meeting before our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show. There will be a rundown of our show and what you can expect to happen. It will also be our last call for volunteers. It is imperative that we get more volunteers. As Roger, our Field Trip Guides, says “Many hands make light work.” You don’t have to wait until this meeting to volunteer for the show. Just click on the website front page link to volunteer. Unforeseen change in the meeting agenda. Bring or ugliest or most unusual rock, fossil, or mineral. Be prepared to tell us what it is and where you found or got it.  

  •   Topic: A recap on how our Cascade Gem and Mineral Show went. Financial analysis and a critique of the show. What went great, and where do we need to improve next year. Then we are going to try something new. A sticky note timeline chart. We are going to have a yearly timeline chart from 1935 to 2022. We are going to ask you to put 3 sticky notes on the timeline with your name on each and then 1st Note first time you went rockhounding and your age 2nd Note the most memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age 3rd Note another memorable rock hobby event in your life and your age Then place each of your sticky notes on the timeline. Just before Show ‘N Tell, we will take a look at the chart. Then during Show ‘N Tell you can come up and look at the chart and discuss it with each other. Show’N Tell: A rock, mineral, or fossil that means a lot to you.  

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