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Finds From The 2016 McDermitt Meet-Up and more……

Finds From The 2016 McDermitt Meet-Up and more……

I just went out to the rock garden today and got some pics of some of my McDermitt finds from the meet this year.  While right there with a decent camera, I also got a few pics of finds from elsewhere around Nevada – and a few from a trip to Washington I took a year ago.

This year’s hunt was led once more by Tony Funk (member catmandewe), and he’s proven once again to be the ultimate in rock tour guides. I thank you, Tony for yet one more spectacular meetup!

So – without further discussion — here’s the rocks!

The pile of green in the center of this pic are Garry Green wood.  The one with the visible green ripple leaning on the wall in back is from the green jasper stop.  Sorry – I can’t remember what the heck the name of that jasper is.  It’s green. That much I can tell ya.  I got lucky when I was hauling those two big hunks of Garry green out of the canyon when a few members of the party drove by in Trucks and gave me a boost with them the rest of the way up the hill.  They were a lot heavier than they looked and it would have taken me all day to get them up on my own……….but I really wanted em.

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Here’s a few close-ups of this beautifully banded wood.

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While this next one is not the color you expect to see when you’re hunting Garry Green, it was my favorite find from that location.  I was surprised that there’s actually a lot of blue up there mingled with the green.

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This next shot is a little blurry, but I just wanted to show the color of this agate so tried for a close up. OOPS.  It’s called purple cow and it’s not a real translucent agate, but it is purple. I also got a piece that is much the same shade of lavender as the lavender quartz I got last year, but a little more translucent. The piece in the pic below isn’t the most purple of the agates found by the group that day, but it’s an example of the color.  Despite it’s blur, I think it gives you the idea of what purple cow is.  Hopefully, someone else will have a more clear pic of  a little more lively colored piece of this stuff to offer.  

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This next shot is from another wood location Tony took us back to.  This is a highly opalized wood – and I was delighted to find some actual tiffany fire in it.  At first I thought it was just flash from a fracture, but later inspection proved it was not fracture. While there was only about an inch long area of color in this one – I’m hoping, if I get back to that area again to find more of it. A lot of the color (on the right side) doesn’t show up the way the sun hit it – but you can see a little of it.  That blue area all the way to the right end contains color.  On the left, some of the beautiful banding in this piece is visible, too. As you can see, I haven’t mastered close up shots at all.

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This last pic of wood from the McDermitt area I found at the mouth of a canyon that I very much wanted to get into.  There was a herd of range cows with some very young babies that had other ideas about me traipsing around their water hole, though.  I liked the colors, none the less,  and will go back to this area whenever I return to the McDermitt area in the future and try again. I have a feeling there’s some nice wood hiding down that canyon.

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Okay – that’s my favorite of my McDermitt finds.  Now here’s a few miscellaneous pics of stuff I’ve wanted pics of for awhile now.

Above the rock pick are a few of my finds from my hunt in Central Washington a year and half ago.  I’ve got a few close ups of this wood just below this pic.

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The top of this one isn’t going to slice, but I have a use for it anyway.  The rock about 4 inches from the top is pretty solid and I have plans for other uses for that once I get it sliced from the top. Gonna have to find someone with a big saw for this one. It’s a foot across and a little over that deep.

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The next one is a little more solid, but I have other uses besides lapidary for this piece, as well.

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As you can see, this Washington opalized wood is a multitude of earth tones.  All this wood made me fall in love with opalized wood.  Still love agatized wood, too – but this stuff is just really special in my book.

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The next two pictures are also opalized wood – but,  are from Nevada.  These are from the hunt I went on with John (member Orygone) and his side kick, Patti when our 2015 meetup was canceled due to weather.  It wasn’t the best weather that day, either – but at least we were close enough to solid road that we were able to hunt despite the rain. The pictures don’t do a couple of these boldly banded pieces much justice.

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While I didn’t see anything opalized in Washington that wasn’t earth-tone – there was a little more variety in Nevada.

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This next rock I got in the same area on that hunt with John and Patti.  I’m not sure what it is – rhyolite, jasper, opal?  I sure do like it, though.

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Next pic is some banded wood that Bob (coldwatergold) and I found not too far out of Dayton last spring when he came out to see a friend of his who lives there.  Some of this stuff has more color to it, but it is predominantly white with darker banding.

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Okay – the last two pics are of rock from my local area out here in NV.  The first one is just an example of the jasper out here. There are other colors, too, here and there fairly local – but there’s tons of this red and tan stuff everywhere.

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And this last pic is because we have several members who live out around here or visit sometimes and I get sooooo many questions about Lahotan blue lace agate.  This is the blue that is here. I guess some of it works into some really neat cabs, but the color of the blue is not that bright blue found elsewhere in the state.  It’s blue, but it’s a muted blue, and is not a highly translucent rock, either.

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So – that’s all I got, today folks.  Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour.

Until next time;

Life’s short –  Rock hard

Memorial Day Trip Report — Lovelock, NV

Memorial Day Trip Report — Lovelock, NV

The RHS1 annual meet had to be canceled because of rain. We planned to visit McDermitt and decided to cancel.  Turns out it was a good decision. Word has it that  it was soupy enough up there we’d have had a hard time doing much.

For those who are really disappointed about the meet being canceled – I met John and Patti (member: Orygone and wife) in Lovelock, and even that far south the rain made things a little hectic.

Waiting for the Calvary to arrive.
Waiting for the Calvary to arrive.
If it's wet in NV - It's not a road.
If it’s wet in NV – It’s not a road.

 

We’d already gotten some good hunting in when John decided to drive through a puddle.  My rig is light and had no place to hook a monster like that truck to so Patti and I drove to cell phone reception and called John’s rescue friends.  They had him out in 20 minutes from call to tow, so we were able to finish out the day at another fun and interesting location.

The biggest find of the day was a great piece of opalized wood that John was able to get out of a ravine.  The pictures don’t do this much justice – it’s gorgeous and a little more colorful in person – and probably a lot more so after cleaning.

Opalized wood.
Opalized wood.

This piece is about an 80 pound boulder.  There were a few that were probably a couple hundred pounds that I would have loved to take home.  There were plenty of others, though, that were actually small enough to carry – and we could have collected beautiful tumbler pieces all day.  As it was, I got a couple of backpacks of beautifully banded greens, yellows, oranges, blues, and reds. Below is a sample of the multicolored nature of this wood.

DSCN0499sThe last spot we went to had wonderstone, agates, and a more jaspery wood.  The colors were incredible.  Below is a piece with a lot of pink in it.

Pink wood
Pink wood

There was also a lot of yellow wood.

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All in all – we got some great rock, had a great time, and a few laughs when John drove into the puddle.  I hope some of the other RHS1 members get a chance to get to Nevada this summer. If you like rocks – it should be on your bucket list.

My thanks to John and Patti for showing me a wonderful day even though the meet was a bust.

Cuts and Closeups of Recent Favorite Finds

Cuts and Closeups of Recent Favorite Finds

A few weekends ago I ventured over to Clayton’s (member CCanfield) house to get some cuts of some of my Central Oregon wood  finds.  I have several specimens  that will be shipped when finished so will have more pics then, but thought I’d post the ones I have already. They aren’t polished yet  because I really am not sure what I will do with them.  Sell them?  Make things?  Display them as is?   Anything is possible.

The first one wasn’t cut.  It’s still in one massive piece.  I have a closeup of it now, though.

Remember the pic of this rock?

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This is what it looks like up close and personal:

Clayton really liked the pink crystals scattered along the one side so took a close up of those as well:

Next – I had found some multi-colored, jasperized wood as well.  Here are pics of different varieties from two different locations in the general area of my green/blue wood site.   While some of this stuff is pretty brittle, the lines in this piece are all healed fractures.  It’s tough with a piece that you like as well as I do this one to decide whether to cab it or just leave it in one piece.  This one is about 2″ by 3″ — one of the smaller pieces, but one of my favorites.

I love this next piece, too.  It’s about 8″ by 6″ and this cut is about 3″ thick.  Most of the fractures are shallow but one does go through almost to the other side.  It seemed to cut okay, though.  The bark is pretty obvious on the sides but I don’t have a pic of that:

colored jasperized wood

This one was from a closeby location that has a little different coloration than the above jaspers.  This particular specimen is 5″ by 2.5″ and about 2″ thick.  The fractures are also either healed or shallow.  This is basically limb cast. The bark is very jaspery and quite prominent all the way around the piece.   I talked on the forum about hauling a boulder back to the car – it’s this color of jasper wood and is around 13″ long, 9″ wide and thick.   It was severely heavy and took everything I had to get it into the rig…..and a little help at the last creekbed to get up that last hill.

This is the end cut of a piece I showed before – from just down the road from the other two sites.  It’s basically a broken round.  It’s 7″ by 4″ at the wide point, and around 3″ thick.  I wish I’d gotten the side cut, too, but wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it yet. The fracture is very light and might just be a scratch from the saw.

The next cuts I have coming from Clayton aren’t from the same  location.  They’ll be cuts from agates I got after our meetup last spring near the ID/OR border, and one or two from the Ochocos.

I want to give a special thanks to Clayton for cutting these for me, and for taking me on a hunt for wood in his own home area.  I still had one in the rig when I took some pals out the last time and they each picked it up and said “nice piece”.  I was glad when I had to tell them it wasn’t from where we were that I had some sites they could get good stuff from, Ha.

Until next time………

Life’s Short – Rock Hard.