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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Whats everyone been doing lately?
« Last post by catmandewe on May 09, 2019, 07:44:49 PM »
Just spent a week wandering around, Hit the trilobite beds and the bubble opal claim in Utah, dug Variscite in Nevada, picked up an estate in Oregon and got home yesterday.

I am going to do some more wandering next week.

Tony
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Whats everyone been doing lately?
« Last post by MrKen on May 09, 2019, 05:46:37 PM »
Just spent some time in the Succor Creek area, before the heat kicks in. Rained the day before we got there, and thankfully nothing when we were there, Found some nice agates, pet wood, Jaspers, and of course Thunder Eggs. Had a great time. Not too many people there yet either.
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: greetings from oklahoma
« Last post by Markphoto3 on May 06, 2019, 02:08:51 PM »
Welcome from NE Oregon. Markphoto3
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Whats everyone been doing lately?
« Last post by Oxenkiller on May 06, 2019, 07:48:58 AM »
I went out to the Graveyard Point area on the Oregon Idaho border yesterday... to mountain bike, not really to collect.  The trails out there sure are fun to do on a bike, that's for sure- and the scenery is awesome, especially this time of year.  I did pass by one of the well known agate mines out there, but I didn't stop, and at one point I came across a large chunk of translucent chalcedony/plain agate lying on the old jeep trail, but I didn't take it. I'm pretty picky about what I bring home any more.  So...In other words, I wasn't really looking very hard- just felt like getting a ride in.  NEXT weekend will be a collecting trip, I promise.

On the other hand, Tony Schultz's rock shop in Marsing is now open on weekends, so that is always worth a stop.  Its only open on weekends though.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: 2019 Meetup -
« Last post by thegypsy on May 03, 2019, 12:22:12 PM »
I am not familiar with the Challis/Peterson Mountain areas so I can't help much in the way of planning there. But if we ironed out a date I can definitely come that way.

--If-- people wanted to have a meetup in Central or Eastern OR I could help plan or plan something. I have a firm grasp of many places in this area and get out a ton so I could scout a spot before the trip as well, if needed.

Personally I would opt for timing the meetup in Early June before its completely roasting or for late summer like Late August (fire season though...). I work for myself so I have lots of flexibility but I think these are great times for a meetup whether it be in central ID as has been suggested or in Oregon.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Whats everyone been doing lately?
« Last post by thegypsy on May 03, 2019, 12:12:28 PM »
We have been out every weekend. Got out to Plush again, more of the secret local wood spots, lots of the more populated hounding spots before they get hit hard this season ;) Oh and Rome a few times. Found interesting stuff out there all over the place, not just snakeskin agates...

Also RE: quartz chrystals in Eastern Oregon --- they can be found in lots of places out here, you just have to be a fiend to find them! But quartz chrystals can be found anywhere there's petrified wood, for one, and also if you use some logic and some serious map browsing you can find all kinds of things and places that aren't in the books out here.
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There are several places where green petrified wood is available. Many times it is punky but you can find solid pieces.
Good Luck!!

Tony
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FOSSIL AND METEORITE HUNTING / I found GREEN petrified wood. Is this special?
« Last post by Jon on April 30, 2019, 04:43:11 PM »
Hi all, I'm new here and just getting into rockhounding. Is green petrified wood rare or special? I recently found some green petrified wood in Oregon. It was dark green all the way through. Dark green. Unforutnatly, it was fragile. Attempts at removal would cause it to fracture easily along the wood planes, mostly leaving chunks the size of golf-balls, sometimes as big as two fists put together. I didn't take any, as I was hoping to find some with good wood-grain patterns, and the smaller chunks were unremarkable. There was some other fossilized wood in the area of white or brown colors, but only the green was fragile. What do you all think? Is green petrified wood special? Should I go back and grab some? If I go back, I will post pictures. Any thoughts and questions are appreciated. I'm new to this hobby but loving it. Thanks!
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: 2019 Meetup -
« Last post by catmandewe on April 29, 2019, 03:19:54 PM »
Oh thats not very far.

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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: 2019 Meetup -
« Last post by Oxenkiller on April 29, 2019, 07:54:12 AM »
From where I parked, I would guess it was around 700 vertical feet, give or take, and maybe about 1/3 to 1/2 mile walking distance, to the edge of the posted "No-Dig Zone."  But I was doing a lot of clambering along the side of the mountain, though.
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