Metaline Quarry – September 2022 We have been wanting to go to this quarry for years, ever since seeing it mentioned in Gem Trails of Washington. In the book, a map merely points out a spot and lists “Trilobites?”. The reason it’s taken us years to make it out here, despite it being relatively close,… Continue reading Metaline Quarry – September 2022
Icicle Creek – August 2022 After leaving Lake Wenatchee with some time to spare, we looked for rockhounding opportunities nearby. The rockhounding books recommend Icicle Creek, outside of Leavenworth, for tourmaline, beryl, and albite feldspar. Upon leaving Leavenworth, we had a hard time looking at the roadcuts because most of the turnouts were already full… Continue reading Icicle Creek – August 2022
Henderson Flat Jasper – June 2022 Central Oregon is an area of great abundance and variety when it comes to rockhounding. On recent trip in the area, we had some time to spare so we followed a lead for lily pad jasper. The material was said to be the same as the main lily pad… Continue reading Henderson Flat Jasper – June 2022
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… Continue reading Oceanside Beach, OR – May 2022
Idaho Highway 3 Roadcut – April 2022 This roadcut on Highway 3 in northwest Idaho is mentioned in a few sources as having opal in the basalt and even opalized wood. The primary mention of this location is in a masters thesis from the mid 1990s. Minerals listed as occurring in this location are pyrolusite,… Continue reading Idaho Highway 3 Roadcut – April 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… Continue reading Kettle Falls Bridge – March 2022
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