Treasures of the Northwest 2016 Show in Albany

NFMS and AFMS Show Treasures of the Northwest 2016 - Albany Oregon LogoThe Willamette Agate and Mineral Society is holding their “Treasures of the Northwest 2016” show July 29-31st in Albany, Oregon.

Presented in combination with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and Northwest Federation Mineralogical Society, the show at the Linn County Fair and Expo Building just off I-5 is expected to be one of the largest in the area.

They expect over 200 display classes, lectures, auctions, and daily field trips to a local petrified wood locale.

We’re working on plans to participate. Please let us know if you are interested and we’ll talk more about this at the next meeting.

Check the latest AFMS newsletter for details and entry forms.

Mt. Hood Rock Club Show, April 22-24

Mt Hood Rock and Gem Show 2016 FlyerOne of our sister clubs in the Portland, Oregon, area, Mt. Hood Rock Club will have their annual Rock and Gem Show Friday and Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-4 at the W.P. Jackson Armory, 6255 NE Cornfoot Road, Portland, Oregon, from April 22-24, 2016.

Admission to the annual event is free, with each child receiving a free rock.

The rock and gem show will feature a wide variety of local and international rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, equipment, games, demonstrations, silent auctions, and excellent vendors and exhibitors. An oral auction will be held at 1PM on Sunday.

Mt. Hood’s members specialize in local rocks and minerals and lapidary.

This is a great event for families, and everyone. See you there.

Field Trip: Succor Creek Area

On June 16-18, 2014, we’re heading on a field trip to the Succor Creek area of the Idaho/Oregon border.

We will be hunting thundereggs, jasper, pink plume agate, plume agate, and more rocks and minerals.

This is a guided 3-day field trip, but you will need to make your own arrangements for camping or lodging. Brian True is coordinating these field trips.

Contact us for more information and to register for the field trip so we have a count of how many are going.

Field Trip to Clear Creek Saturday, 13 April

Last Saturday we gathered at the FG Senior Center in anticipation of our first field trip of the year. The men told stories of past hunts and mother load finds while the newbies listened raptly and the old timers nodded. Yes… this was going to be a trip to the promised land of treasure hunting. A real adventure.

Our Field Trip Chairman, Brian True, passed around a sign in sheet and explained some of the rules. No digging in the creek bed, sign out before leaving and be out by 4 PM when the gate would be closed and locked again. There were other details, but those were the important ones. Then, at 8 AM sharp, we began our caravan to Clear Creek.

More members were waiting at the entrance when we arrived. The gate was opened, and we all drove in. At the first large clearing, we stopped and had another rules review and sign-in for everyone who wasn’t at the parking lot earlier. Brian did a great job and was clear and thorough about what to do, where to go and when to be out.  He really took charge of things, and with the help of his dad, Dave, the day went great. Poor Dave though… he was often called away from the dig sites to check on the gates. It seems they were being locked by loggers, who were still working in the area.  When they would leave, they would lock the gate behind themselves (like they always did). Dave spent a good portion of his day making sure no one was locked in.  Thanks, Dave. Continue reading “Field Trip to Clear Creek Saturday, 13 April”