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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Crystal digging trip
« Last post by Oxenkiller on February 21, 2018, 05:28:44 PM »
Same with us in Idaho.  We went from near sixty degrees to overnight lows in the single digits and snow everywhere, like he said, groundhog saw its shadow.

I have never heard of any crystal dig sites near Copperopolis (wherever that is) but last summer when I swung through northern California, I had a really nice productive day up at Petersen Mountain... probably the best crystal dig I ever had.  I'll have to check that Copperopolis place out. I'd be interested to see what you found there.

This time of year is when all the rock and gem shows happen, so it's "silver pick" time for us out here.  I went to one last weekend, one this coming weekend and I'll probably hit the Caldwell one too.
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Crystal digging trip
« Last post by Markphoto3 on February 21, 2018, 01:34:31 PM »
Great Sal glad you are getting out!  I thought we might have an early year getting out this year but it looks like winter has come back to stay ( damn ground hog ).  We have several inches of snow and the temps have dropped down at night to single digits.  So hounding is a couple months off at least.  Markphoto3
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Crystal digging trip
« Last post by lizziebird on February 21, 2018, 09:02:25 AM »
Sounds like a fun trip - I'm sure it was nice to get out and do a little hounding. 

I'll look forward to seeing some of the pictures, and in the meantime, it's time for you to be feeling better!  :)
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Crystal digging trip
« Last post by HeySal on February 21, 2018, 07:38:47 AM »
So, I've been pretty sick and am living with my sister in CA right now.  My niece decided last week it was time take me out to get some rock and dirt.  So she and Jay loaded their 2.5 year old kid and me into the car and we were off to Copperopolis for the afternoon last saturday.  The toddler, Alice, is just wickedly intelligent and being on her first hunt was a super thrill.

Our honey hole there has been sold out but there's a little public land there and last time I was here we found a spot that deserved more time.....and it was close enough to the road for me to play at for now.   

The weather was gorgeous - the view was delightful - and the kid was a hoot and a half........especially when she found the nicest crystal of the day!  It's no wonder that when we packed it in, she was not happy about leaving. 

So - we did find a nice amount of crystals for a casual afternoon dig.  THey're water clear and pretty but not the huge hulking things we were able to pick up at our honey hole just down the road (which is now sold and has a trailer parked right on top of it).

Waiting for a few pictures from my niece for y'all.
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: New from Tri Cities area
« Last post by Markphoto3 on February 20, 2018, 12:39:14 PM »
Welcome also from NE Oregon ( La Grande ) Sal is right about a little west of you in the Roosevelt area there is a lot of Petrified wood.  Markphoto3
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ROCK AND GEM HUNTING / Re: Dan, Rick, and sunstones
« Last post by lizziebird on February 19, 2018, 11:16:06 AM »
I actually did tumble mine, just sunstones in a small Lortone tumbler, and I just used the final polish, no other grit, and after a couple of days, they still looked pretty "natural" but slightly smoother and shiner, it was a nice effect and I am happy with it.  Best of all, they didn't get tumbled down to nothin.  :)
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: New from Tri Cities area
« Last post by Optodoc on February 19, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
There are some great rockhounds in your area. There is a gentleman in Kennewick with a museum-quality collection who you should meet sometime. There is also a local rock club there that is pretty active. You are near to Mattawa, WA where there is a treasure trove of beautiful agatized wood, and the Columbia river has some good finds as well. I am just down the road from you in NE Oregon but travel to your area once a month. Enjoy the region.
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: Greetings from NE Oregon
« Last post by Optodoc on February 19, 2018, 10:17:39 AM »
Thanks, Sal. Looking forward to it. Thanks for running this forum -- what a great opportunity to meet others with common interests.
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: Greetings from NE Oregon
« Last post by HeySal on February 17, 2018, 06:37:59 PM »
Welcome to RHS1, Optodoc.   

I don't live in NE OR, but I've hunted a few times with Mark and he and Terri are really pleasant people to be out with.  You should have some fun together.
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INTRODUCTIONS / Re: Greetings from NE Oregon
« Last post by Optodoc on February 17, 2018, 02:46:17 PM »
Let me know. Maybe we can meet on a weekend.
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