At our January meeting our program was a slide show presentation of cabachons . It was suggested that I place a copy of the PDF file used for the slide show on our website so those interested could view it at home. Here is a link to the location of these indexes, for anyone who wants to download them.
American Agate Jasper Index
The above link has been updated to the new locations for this index.
WAMS Olympia lost a valuable member on December 7th. Jerry Sprengel died of complications after undergoing heart surgery. We will all miss his giving spirit, and unfailing optimism.(there is an obituary in the January Newsletter on the Newsletter Page)
Our December Christmas party was well attended and everyone had a great time eating the good food and opening gifts.
The new year is upon us and it is never to early to start thinking about Field trips, and shows. I have updated the Shows page to reflect next years shows, and as soon as the Mineral Council updates their website with a new Field Trip schedule, I will update our page.
There are some places that are open and accessible during the middle of winter for trips. Ocean Shores is known for carnelian agate washing up on the beach. Porter has some fossils. Olympic Peninsula beaches have fossils, agates, and jaspers. Most of these places are usually free of snow. Unfortunately the rivers and creeks are usually running pretty full of water and so the opportunities there are more limited, but one can always try.
Hope to see you at our January meeting.
It is getting late in the year and rockhounding opportunities are few and far between. I had been planning on one last Oregon trip, but the weather and ill health ended that trip.
Our low lands still offer an occasional trip without snow or cold weather, so keep up your spirits and keep on hounding.
Our next meeting is November 6th and it is our Officer election night. Come join us and have some fun.
December’s meeting is our annual Christmas Party. No business is conducted and everyone has a great time. Hope to see you there.
The WAMS 18th annual Rock Show is coming soon to Tenino!
Come join us for a fun filled day.
Our June meeting was once again well attended and everyone had a great time. We got to see some fantastic material collected by the members during the last month, and the Overview of the NFMS show in Kennewick given by Zoe was informative and enjoyable.
Come join us next month for another great meeting.
Once again our meeting was well attended. There was plenty of rocks for the show and tell. Our business meeting was short. Gregg Wilson gave an excellent presentation on the fossils in NW Washington.
Come join us next month.
April has arrived, and the promised spring weather is still on vacation. We had another great meeting. A record number showed up, and Zoe put on a great program on Salmon Creek Coprolites.
Here are some of the finds of our members.
Garnet, Analcime, and Auricalcite
March 6 has come and gone and for all those that missed the meeting, you missed a good time.
The usual group