Trip Reports

Oceanside Beach, OR – May 2022

We stopped at this beach access point after seeing the abundance of gravel on the beach. We happened to be at the beach about an hour before low tide, perfect timing for beachcombing. In a very short amount of time we found agates, red and green jaspers, amigdyloidal basalt and zeolites. It was a weekend… Continue reading Oceanside Beach, OR – May 2022

Kettle Falls Bridge – March 2022

We went back to a spot that we visited last year around this time. The spot is under the bridge over the Columbia River outside of Kettle Falls. The claim is that there are blue beryl crystals in pegmatite here. Lanny Ream’s “Gems and Minerals of Washington” describes: [the crystals] occur in a sill about… Continue reading Kettle Falls Bridge – March 2022

Sentinel Butte – August 2021

This spot is mentioned in a Panorama Gem Club newsletter. The article mentions coming out here around 2005. Since then, the area has significantly changed as of 2015 when a wildfire came through. Luckily, rocks are fireproof so we figured we could still maybe find something good. The Panorama Gem Club article talks about quartz… Continue reading Sentinel Butte – August 2021

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