Aw, you such a good girl.
Because you did that I have another rock to show you.
We went for a walk in the woods in search of rocks for my friends and I saw this one.
I think it weighs more than 70lbs. ☺ But It is a nice rock. See my little creek?
That is Pepper creek. That is Missy crossing the stream.
Here's a good one too.
Not a rock but I had to snap this.
It is not as large as it looks , but was just so pretty.
I was thinking of you all and wishing you could see it. You would love the
rocks and the woods. It is so peacful.
Well now, you all know I am in, if I can go wondering
in the woods looking for rocks for youall, you know
Wasn't that little waterfall beautiful, may have to try to do a video of it.
It was rainy, when I went down, but the wate was running and you could hear
the birds singing and even some crows , my dogs running thru the leaves.
It was a beautiful day.
RRM - check your digital camera. Some have a video with audio feature. I've used it several times and it's great. It's doubly great on a frosty winter day when you'd be able to hear the water and birds as well as watch the water running.
In my dry desert area there are no nice woods to walk thru. Have to drive several miles to find that kind of picturesque beauty. It snowed last night, a little more than 2", our first measurable snow. It is still dark so I haven't gone outside to shovel the paths and deck clear of the snow.
I picked up a rock near a lake some 25 miles away. It had rolled down the rock hillside and stopped at edge of the road. Had pretty lichens on it so I brought it home. Should have taken a picture of it but didn't and now it is covered with snow.
I must go sweep my floor and other things to get ready for my Tuesday bridge club ladies this afternoon. Donna
Okay, I'm making a new trade list. : ) We have more people wanting to join.
Don't forget to sign up. Here is the list so far. Please let me know if you want your name taken off the list. This is going to be such fun.
Add Sharon K. Winter from Las Vegas. Photo is some of my current landscape rocks. I think in the east you wold call these boulders. We need someone from Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Red rock from private land. Just cannot go up to Red Rock Canyon and pick up red rocks.
I don't believe I have ever seen seed,but maybe I can get you a start.
Oh, I love that skwinter. You know, we all want one too.? Have to look up that book.
Red Rock from Nev. how wonderful, Think my new Cactus garden is going to have some big rocks in it from our Rocks
we get from each other. Doesn't that sound wonderful?
skwinter, you are added.
What a wonderful picture of Nevada Red Rock, and the way you used it is wonderful.
Jada, that is a major case of fortitude. Congratulations!!!!!!! I send you a big hug for a job well done. : ) What is your degree in?
wha, I'm going to look that book up, really sounds interesting. I'm trying to picture a crane in my yard, and I don't mean the bird type. : )
RRM, I've been thinking on the same line as you. These are going to be such memory filled rocks/stones. Real treasures of new friendships made. : )
Probably closer to me. come on down, we go rock hunting in the woods.
Went walking today and brought in an armful. Woooo, was I tired, had to rest twice.
Poor old plump me!!!!! Got some more pic. There WAS a tree standing here at one time and you can see part of it.
Look at what was laying all around it. Rocks, beautiful flat flocks. I already spotted the ones I want to bring to the house, so these have to wait. I never walked back there before, but I can tell you, I'm going back. It is so Beautiful and peaceful, just the soundof the dogs running through the leaves. I love it.
A down right treasure pile RRM. Wish I had the time to visit all of you on that side of the states. It would be so much fun. Our son and family keeps trying to get us to come live with them. Not ready to give up my own place. : )
I may need that for mine, skwinter. If I keep walking and finding these treasures.
Sometimes the trees will grow and die, when they die they have stones under them.
It is a wonder there isn't more. These are the ones, I carried to the house. One of them
looks sorta pink.
Hey RRM - I know you from somewhere else. I love rocks too, just don't have any. Not that there are not any rocks in Oklahoma, just that I am too lazy to go fetch me some.
Thought I would let you know now that I am clearing my calendar for a visit to your place. How horrible it must be for you to live so close to a stream like that. I feel really bad for you; it just looks awful there so I am coming to cheer you up!
come on down, enid. You know I know what you house looks like and Honey, You need some of my rocks. You should show these girls what yo got. Mine is so cluttered and you nearly have a clean slate. I sure do see rockgarden at your place.
Yes, RRM, Nevada is on its way to put in a line to pump that water to Las Vegas. We are running out of water. How far is that away from your home. That would be so neat. I think I would have a very heavy bench, so no one could remove it, and just sit there and watch life quietly go by. Actually life going by is not a bad thing. Is it a babbling brook or a roaring brook? I have brook envy.
Then you better come on down, it is a brook. Got to figure how to run my
little cam corder. To get us some Effects. Wish we could load you some water but They are already fussing ove our water in Ala. and Fla. They both want it. All the rain we have been getting , it would be easy to share now. Comeon down, there is enough rocks for us to just sit and enjoy.
Crazy like a fox. : ) That's a good thing. That is some rock, would love to have that in my yard Linda. : )
Just wanted to let all of you know I will be gone for a couple of weeks. See you when I get back.
May Santa fill your stockings with rocks.
To late pirl. We have to go through New York then to DC. Both places have snow. I checked the weather for both places for Monday and Tue. Everything should be okay.
Looks like we will have a White Christmas after all. Certainly no snow here. : )
We are so excited about seeing the kids. Best Christmas present. : )
gonna miss you, lynn. write soon as you get back.
Linda, that first one look like a little bird head formed in the middle.
You all have fun and be very careful. Enjoy the kids.
Merry Christmas and Best New Years ever.
Glad you appreciate that rock. This part of Texas may not have the best growing conditions (to put it mildly) for plants, but it's got good rocks if people just look for them. Dry creeks are good are good to check for them. I notice the developers at least have the sense now to round up a few large rocks for the landscape when they are clearing land.
And last, this is how I display some of the rocks I pick up on the beaches. All of these are from our travels in the summer. I usually clean them really well and then spray them with a clear acrylic so their colors are bright.
That is an excellent resource, Jadajoy! Thank you! I could get lost on that side for hours. I am bookmarking it! I have already learned that a very cool rock I found downstream from Mt. St. Helens is a piece of scoria! It was obviously from volcanic activity, but I didn't know what it was called. I also found a nice piece of pumice, which I use on my feet!
I'm glad it was of some use. I am gathering mine for pics, now that I have some time. Now we can look them up and see if any are valuable or not before we commit to swap them.The pumice for the feet would be valuable to me with these feet:-)
jmorth, San Antonio is Bexar Co. and Medina county is just west of Bexar Co. I'm on the southern edge of what we call the Hill Country here...and I live on the side of a hill. Barely any soil, pretty much just caliche and rocks.
LindaTx8, I was checking if I had any resources to aid in identification of your recent pics, but alas, naught was found. Those are certainly some strangely shaped specimens you posted. I've collected some large slabs of fossils from new housing tracts west of Ft Worth, fool's gold north of Ft Worth, and giant clams from the Sulphur R east of Dallas but have never ventured into deep south central Texas. Pic is a fossil from the Sulphur River.
Sorry for failure to identify my pic, it's an Exogyra ponderosa, an oyster from the upper Cretaceous. It measures 6X3X3.25". It's 65 to144 million years old, probably toward the lower end. Pic shows stack of them.
In the Boerne area (NW of San Antonio) there are known dinosaur tracks. So yes, I wondered if mine could be a print from a prehistoric animal. I also have what I call shell rocks...I will have to get a photo of one of those. Interesting sites! I'll have to look through them when I have time!
A s I've been reviewing pics of rocks from my collection, I've found some interesting ones that I'll post occasionally.
If I recall correctly, the previous thread noted thunder eggs, here's a Thunder Egg with drusy of quartz crystals from Oregon (possibly McDermitt or the Priday ranch area).
I love those fossils! I remember finding fossils in Texas, outside of Austin, when I was a kid. Don't ask me exactly where. I just remember visiting some friends on their property and finding arrowheads and fossils. I loved it.
Beautiful thunder egg!
Merry Christmas, all.
Merry Christmas from the Rocky Southwest. Las Vegas is just one big rock covered with blow sand. Have a great day. My brother has an extensive collection of purple glass bottles and Indian arrowheads that he collected over 30 years ago while deer hunting. Now you are not suppose to pick up the arrowheads but I think the majority were picked up many year ago. The west is a fun place to walk through the mountains, looking down at your feet. You never know what you are going to see.
Just found your thread and be still my heart! I love rocks also and think I got it from ,uy dad as he was a rock hound in the 70's, Made the jewelry and tried running his own shop.
Well I went another way. We have 40 acres and rock piles and rocks in the fields and most of the time DH gives me first dibs on what he has picked. You know I can go to the same rock piles and find good rocks? This is what we have done over the last 7 years.
This was the first we did. Started as 2 levels and I took the top one and made another out of it. I think the hill is shifting. I would like to put another level along the bottom and make that one wider then the other. We now have better equipment and can maybe handle slightly larger rocks. Still have to talk to DH about it!
Welcome. We are all just a bunch of rock nuts. I was in my brothers front landscape a few years back and he had just had some rocks delivered to fill in one area. I asked if I could have some if I found anything I liked. I found one great one. Later in the week I will post. It is broke in half and I have one half and you can see so many different colors of green. Just hope the photo will show it.
I am just an old retired lady, who loves rocks.
There is nothing wrong with your rocks. That is beautiful i love the two stages.
You found us, that helps. Just keep hanging with us and after the holidays
are over everyone should be back to help you out.
Looks like you have rocks and That helps too. Love the Doorway too!
I believe you belong.
Most rocks I have I've painted. I LOVE painting rocks. Of course, I do find rocks that just make good for the garden design. My sister teases me that one day I'll get hit in the head by something because when I go walking I'm always look down for something interesting. A rock, drift wood, plants whatever.
Ves, welcome aboard. : )
We will be deciding how we will do the rock swap sometime in Jan. I think. We are taking into consideration all suggestions. Many heads make great plans. : )
I was hoping to bring some rocks back from DC but everything is covered in snow. : ( We don't leave until Tue. though, so might still be able to find some.
valleylynn, My daughter lives in Fairfax VA and commutes toDC every work day. She has worked in Dept. of Interior, mining and related. for 25 years. They had 21 inches of snow at their house just before Christmas, and predicted to have more, so I doubt you'll find any rocks.
I live in the desert area of Wash. state, North Central to be exact. Lots of rocky hills and mountains. Don't know if I can find a photo of good looking rocky hillside to send.
Looks just like Lincoln County, Nevada. I grew up there and I used to run up those small mountains or I think we called them hills. That was just a way to have fun in the old days. It would probably kill me know. I guess I will just have to watch you young folks.
It is beautiful. I have never been to Nev. Looks very promising to me.
We have Rocks down here andsometimes I want Hubby to stop and get me a rock , we just Breeze on by.
There is one up the road I'm going to get. One way or another.
What is Wrong with me, I'm getting too old to pick up mini-boulders??????
I think that is what I am going to do. Wouldn't it be nice for a bunch of us to get together and go explore? I know it is not really possible, but I think it would be great. That is what i have to do too. Use your knees not your back. But who can remember that in their excitement over a rock? Not me.
In the Santa Barbara/Ventura area there are so many river rocks on the beach from the ocean. Every time we are there, I get a bag full. My Grandchildren always bring me ones they think are great. Last year we were at a ed and breakfast right on the beach. Out the door and there were more river bottom rocks from the ocean than you could decide which ones you wanted. I always take a box of large zip locks with me on any trip just for my rocks. I asked if they could be removed snd was told, take them all. There are so many they are a pain.
Marti, did you ever go to a landscaping place that uses rock in their landscaping? I think that would be a good place to start.
I have no idea as to the price but i sure hope this helps. Lowes has a new book on painting rocks that has an inguana on the front and I sure do want that book. Has some neat ideas inside too. Do you have it yet??? I used to paint on rocks but it has been awhile. I'll have to go find that cat I did and take a pic.
Sharon, should we all go there and relieve them of their misery of rocks? ☺
If you go there, you might want to have a truck. It is amazing how fast the grandchildren picked up on it. I showed them a few times a wet rock and all the many facets of color. They were totally hooked. I was really disappointed when I found out the river bottom rocks near LaJolla beach were dumped there by the county maintenance employees to help with erosion. I had all they ideas in my mind the journey they had Made and it was not being dumped from a truck..
I used to find all kinds of good rocks for painting when I lived in Ventura/Santa Barbara. Everybody laughed at me because I always had rocks in my car I was hauling home. Now I wish I could of brought more with me when I moved here. At least they are free there, here I have to find a place to get them for free or pay for them. In the spring I'm planning a drive around the neighboring states to look for rock.
Here's my cat. I believe he does indeed need a touchup. Poor little
fella. Can't remember when i painted him -will have to see if I dated
it. I think I had to wash this rock down good before I painted him too.
It is sort of square, rectangle-ish
People just do not understand rock people. I will see a rock and I am raving and they see nothing and looking at me like I am nuts.
This photo is not a rock but a pier in San Diego Mission Beach. Same example. They had wrapped the pillars with canvas. The canvas had something stuffed between the canvas and the pillar. I was walking by and came to a screeching halt. I was in total awe of the beauty before me made by God and mother nature. The orange that had bled in is from a very large bolt and nut rusting above the pillar. I looked around to discuss the find with all the other individuals walking by. There were more than 20 individuals in 10 minutes and no one stopped.
I like your shell rock. That is neat. Wonder how they formed??
Yes. I look at these rocks in wonder and they are just incredible and you can't help but wonder
"how in the world did that do that?"
Thanks, I believe I may have to re paint him.
I like the "Pier ART " too.
Such a wonderful world of wonder...
It's to bad more people can't just stop and look!! There are so many wonderfull things in the world to see. Maybe if more people stopped and looked, maybe they'd stop trying to kill each other.
When I look around outside, I see interesting knots in trees, an interesting rock or plant or just an interesting cloud in the sky. I love just wondering around looking at things and wondering how'd that happen or what a color. Of course, people think i'm crazy, but than I tell them I'm not crazy just a little nuts. It keeps me from completely loosing my mind.
I have been following along (a bit sporadically..snow removal and all) ;
Would Love to be included in a swap.
I even brought a few up on the deck before the ice covered the snow..some that I had traded plants for or had gotten at yard sale...will clean and take photos and notes.
Will chat more later..it is a no sleep night..but need to try again.
LindaTX8-that sure looks like it could be fossilized scales from a dinosaur..
Will tell my tales later...sure glad that I found this and followed..I get kidded a lot about my little raised rock mound gardens :)
Donna, we are actually in Annandale, VA. The snow is almost gone. : )
My sister lives in Wentachee which isn't to far from you. We used to live in Wenas Valley between Ellensburg & Yakima. Tonasket is such beautiful country. Small world.
MarciaGeiger, welcome aboard, I will add your name to the trade list. Hope you got some sleep. Can't wait to see your pictures.
This was so fun to read when I got up this morning.
Love the shell rock. The cat rock is so cute. I might have to try that. One year when my neices were visiting a craft project we did was them painting on rocks. They had so much fun. Never took a picture of it.
Yes when I talk to people about rocks or gardening you can see their eyes glaze over!
My Brother did bring me this large rock rock from Mn. I just love it and have found 2 smaller ones to put by it. Will have to see if I can find a picture of it!
Love the kitty rock too.It looked like it was waiting to be turned into a cat by its shape.
Welcome to all the new rock buddies! Hopefully soon, we can get this show on the road and exchange some goodies. I was thinking swap buddies might work. Choose between 1-3 people and send them a package of what you have.This way it will cut down on postage and folks get what they want from that area of the country.
Rocks are not like seeds. Each one is different, so this way noone is disappointed. I can pair people up from the list or you can send in requests.
I was thinking of starting another thread just to post pics of what you got to trade so folks would know exactly what they are swapping.We can continue to chat here, but use the other just for pics of rocks to be traded.
Good morning rock hounds. For my little brother's 60th birthday I gave him this small Neiman Marcus box with a big bow. He was oh you should have not done this. Then he opened the box and there was my favorite rock. I had given it to him. He knew it was my favorite so it made him cry. He is one of those brothers that is always there if you need him.
What a great family memory story Sharon.
RRM, it is grand that our list is growing. : ) Rock people are so fun and intersting. Just like seed and plant people. I never met a rock person I didn't like. : )
Thank you. I love painting on rocks. I also did a barn as a Christmas present for a friend a couple of years ago. He has it sitting outside on his front porch. I painted a birdhouse for his wife. She loved it! Every year some little bird nests in it and she loves watching the babies grow and fly off.
Ves522, better wait til Spring. There is no great hurry.
There is no Time Schedule here☺ aren't you glad.
I love retirement, no time clock to punch, do as I wish.
If i get it done o.k. if I don't o.k. no one to worry but me...hehe
Me, too. But it gets better with each passing day. I will have been retired 1 year this Dec. Would not go back for anything. Learning to enjoy all my friends here at Dave's. I really do enjoy it. You will too.
Yes, but the first year is a duzzy. You go from 100 mph to zero. I really did not know what to do with myself. Eventually, I figured it out. My friend up the street failed retirement. She retired from the school district and was off three months. Does not garden, has no children. She had no idea what she was to do so she called the school district and they took her back. She is a physiologist. Takes care of the troubled children in school.
I started getting every thing back in order but still have a way to go with the house. Tomorrow is another day. Our temperature did not make it out of the 40s today so DH had to walk the dogs. I do not do cold...
I guess my problem is that I did not have anything to do when I got here. I was stressed out from working at a convenience store on the graveyard shift and putting up with the drunks and idiots that run round all night. Yes, we sold beer, wine and liquor as well as gasoline and groceries, soda, candy etc. I got so tired of telling drunks that I could not sell to them and than putting up with they yelling and cussing me out. Heck, I didn't make the law or the store policy, but I was the one that had to face these fools every day.
Now I don't tolerate fools at all. I could just slap some of the ones that I run into at WalMart.
Its funny that it takes so much adjustment to figure out how to relax. I actually felt guilty for staying home and decided to finish my degree. But now that is done and I am so relieved its like retiring all over again. There are so many things I want to do in my home and garden that I know I'll have no problem filling the days.
The last drunk I dealt with before I quit working was giving me a hard time and I was getting pissed off. Anyway one of the customers that has known me thru the store for 4 years came in and told this guy that he shouldn't mess with me. His exact words were.
"You don't want to mess with that grandma!" When the drunk asked why, he said "Cause, she'll kick you ass from here to next year and I'll help her." The customer that said that is a biker and was in full Hell's Angel gear. The drunk left. LOL.
And yes I do miss some of my customers that became friends. A couple even call me once in a while to see how I'm doing and if I need them to come out and kick "a" for me.
I love it!! I used to work in a Convenience store too. I know what you are talking about and that Graveyard shift is a tough one.
Regular customers do become great friends and the rest don't matter. Sometime: you gotto kick butt! Can't make them all friends.
but you do miss the good ones. flowers, rocks, and just basic gardening are very good hobbies to have and enjoy. You can always take your aggressions out on a weed or go get a rock.
That's what I love about gardening. If I'm upset or mad, I can go out and take it out digging up an area or beat up a weed. Than later I get a pleasure out of the wonderful flowers that grows in the area and it heals my soul. Working in the garden or just wondering thru one is the best way I know to be close to our Creator and find peace in my soul.
Brrrr It is cold ou this AM. Went to mailbox and the wind is blowing enough to let you know
it is winter time. Calling for Rain tomarrow, better watch out I may get those Snow pictures in the woods yet!!
Just a matter of time. Now that will be beautiful.
Hi all. I am back home, without any DC rocks. : ( To much snow.
Got home to snow. Wow. It is supposed to be gone tomorrow so will start taking rock pictures tomorrow and post them. Can't wait for the fun time trading rocks.
Will start posting pictures as soon as the picture thread is up and running. : )
Thank you so much Jada for doing all the tech stuff for all of us. Wish I could have met up with you while I was in VA. It would have been so much fun to meet you in person. : )
Now I am begining to see a real big trip across America to rock hunt. : )
Good idea RRM
I forgot to add, my husband is still laughing at the picture of all of us traveling across America in an 18 wheeler just to find rocks. : ) Makes me smile!
Yes, we would need a bus for us Rock lovers. I know my husband would just shake his head. He doesn't know about me sometime and I don't either, but it is o.k. This way I keep his life interesting. I bet we would have a lot of fun, getting those rocks.
My son is used to me and my collecting and he drives an 18 wheeler. Should we ask to to drive and I know some really good places in Calif. Ariz and Nev to get rocks, petrified wood, petrified palm root, etc.
My son is 41, very patient, esp around me and available whenever I need him. Of course, his wife doesn't like that part, but I don't care what she likes. And he's great at carrying rocks for me. He just shakes his head, says "Oh, well she's my mom" picks up the rock or driftwood or waht ever and hauls it for me. He is my son and my best friend.
I'm liking that young man of yours marti. : )
We can have a whole slew of shotgun riders rrm. : )
It has been pouring rain since yesterday, so no picture taking for me. The creek is really up also. Wow is it running fast. Been looking at plant/seed catalogues all day.
Well we need the bus for us, a very nice bus or maybe one of those fancy RVs. and the 18 wheeler for the boulders. We will also need a crane and a forklift.
My DH and children are the same. They just shake there heads and let me do my thing. Now that I am in the process of raising worms for worm casting for worm casting compost tea. I think they have called the doctor...I will have to keep my eyes open for big white nets coming up behind me.
Wow, we are ready. Utah has a bunch of petrified wood. We need a committee. What states have what rules regarding picking up rocks, etal from the bare land...LOL.. I think our first meeting should be in????? Sorry, I guess we will have to vote on that. Who is in charge here? How long are we going to be gone? Wonder if we could get Steve Wynn to sponsor us? Maybe Donald Trump, he hates Steve Wynn.
I'm supplying driver and fork-lift operator and rock hauler. Someone else has to be boss. I bet Donald Trump would make a good sponsor. Everyone from this end should ride together out west and pick up others as we go. What do you think?? I know places in Calif, Nev and Ariz for rock collecting and I have a rock hounds book that tells us other places. I'll bring my rock hound books along. OK?
In Wis. A bit further north then I live. In the spring when the fields are plowed there are rocks growing like pumpkins! The sun just shines on them and points the way. Of course you will stumble on some running across that field to get to the perfect one! LOL But it is true.
I have rock piles at my house if you'd like moss on some of yours.
I have none of those skills but I can bring chocolate!
Who is Steve Wynn? I'm having a difficult time picturing Donald keeping control of a bunch of excited rock collectors. Does he know CPR? I could see if Warren Bean would sponsor us.
I will start scoping out places in Oregon. Some fabulous rocks and stones here (mountains, desert and beaches) all within a 3 hour radius.
Maybe rutholive and pixiedish can scope out places in WA. I feel a huge adventure coming on. : ) Makes me think of when my parents would caravan South during the winter and camp out in Quartzsite. Hope I'm spelling that correctly. They would bring such beautiful rocks and stones home.
Think I'll see if my DH wants to trade the Toyota Tecoma in for a Dodge diesil extra large/wide bed, truck. Maybe rent a large uhaul trailer to pull behind it?
Ya, that would work, lynn. I never got to rock hunt in Oregon. Northern Calif has some great beaches to collect rocks at. Also out in the Mojave Desert. WE should go to the Mojave early spring or late fall. Temps run over 100 during summer. No shade. No water
I have never been to any of them, you'd have to put me in a cage! I want them All. Don't know where I'd put them but What fun to worry about having too many rocks from different states. YeeeHawwwww!!!!
There are places in the Mojave were you can get petrifed palm root pieces, geodes, all kinds of interesting rock shapes and sizes. I know where to find diamonds, opal, and agates. In Eureka, Calif you can go up to Trinidad Bay and pick up agates off the beach. Hey!! As long as we'er there lets add driftwood to our collecting. They have great driftwood there and they don't care if you take it. Some of it is redwood.
One thing nice about it up there is that you can walk the beach for miles and usually see very few people. Not like southern Calif where you can't walk the beach without stepping on someone and you have to watch out for gangs who claim that piece of beach is theirs and they will hurt you even kill someone for walking there. I don't like going to the beaches in Calif. To much problems.
We could start a website and ask for donations to sponsor our cross country trip. People do it all the time. We could be the "Grey Haired Rockies", trying to get to the Mojave before we kick the bucket! if we get enough we could rent one of those fancy tour buses like the movie stars use and go in style.
Just talked to my son and told him I volunteered him for a job driving us around to collect rocks and driftwood. He says Ok IF he can bring my 3 year old grandson with him. I told him Yes! Ok with everyone?
There is a beach up by Port Angles, on the straits of Juan de fuca, that is called Agate Beach. It's in a State Park and the whole beach is tiny sea washed gravel with agates of all sizes all over. Just lay on the beach and search all day. One day a gray whale came in to see what we were doing. Lovely.
We lived there from 68 to 72. Next door to what is now a Bed & Breakfast. Not sure where the Nursery is, it wasn't there when we lived there. The Bergsagle's (their place is now the Bed & Breakfast) were our neighbors. Not sure I spelled their name correctly. It was such a beautiful valley to live in. Not much in the way of rocks in that valley. : ) Really good soil. We farmed it with horses.
The nursery is at the intersection of Bond or Big Valley Road and the freeway that goes around the back of Pousbo to Bainbridge Island. Valley Nursery. We used to race our horses on that freeway before they paved it.
Those Oregon Thunder eggs are really nice looking, I only have one small one (below) but the one in Jmorth's picture is awesome. I googled the names of those ranches and came up with a page of real Beauties many of which are from Oregon: http://rayerminerals.homestead.com/USA_agaten.html
I'm wondering if those areas are open for people to get to? I think I'll have to find some real Oregon rock hounds and see if I can get more details on actual locations to check out.
We live closer to the coast here in Oregon and so far I have only collected rocks on the ocean beaches, I think the desert areas have the more beautiful Thunder eggs. Will have to start researching...
Years ago, visited family near Stayton ,Oregon. Took a trip west-over the HooDoo (?) mountains to dry plateaus to look for thunder eggs on ranches that allow that. If you find one to keep, you paid by the pound. I think that they would break them for you and had other specimens on sale. I did't get any..being young and uneducated..but that kind of thing may still be available.
I am looking into possible Arizona red rocks, but not too many favors to call in for that kind of stuff. I will see later on.
No looking now at what I have. Was 9 out today with windchills of -20 tonight.
PS Anyone coming to Madison WI---don't miss Burnies Rock shop..gems, geodes, rocks, maybe arrow heads, jewlery etc/
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Okay, lets plan on everyone coming to my house, plenty of parking, bring your tents, we'll have to share the bathroom. Plenty of room for cooking (indoors/outdoors). We should go before it gets to hot, June? Big fire pit for evening and early morning fires with coffee/hot chocolate/tea? We've had family gatherings with 85 present in tents & trailers. I will have to rent portapotties, but we can share the shower. : ) Or we even have a camping shower. : ) I can hear the singing now, 'Rock A Bye Rock Hounds'. Oh the fun to be had.
I am getting so excited. I will get printed material from the BLM on exactly where we can rock hunt free. I will also contact the farms that charge a small fee, they use heavy equipment to expose the good stuff. : )
Everyone mark your calendars for June!!! All the fun things in one event. Camping, rock hunting, plants. We can even set up a tour of some of our really great Nurseries for all of you, and we do have some great ones.
Good info hunting Creekside. : ) The BLM has maps for rock hunting on their lands. The really great hunting is on private land for a fee, but most of them use heavy equipment to expose big veins of the great stuff. : )
More info to come.
I looked on a map and McDermitt, OR is right on the Oregon / Nevada border.
Sharon Winter, you're in luck! You'll be driving right past it on your way here!
If we decide we all want petrified wood maybe we could meet up there and caravan north through Oregon.
I'm thinking the petrified wood looks good in big chunks in our gardens. The Thundereggs are small grey plain looking rocks on the outside. They have to be cut and polished to show what is on the inside. So they would be more like rock collection cabinet specimens.
I'm not sure about the picture Jasper. I'll have to check out some photos of it as it is found in the wild. Not sure if it looks good on the outside, or if it has to be cut and polished.
Another type of rock that looks good on the outside are the tumbled ones you find on the Ocean beaches. I picked up some nice ones last summer on the beach in Brookings, OR (right on the OR/CA border). There were many beautiful colors. I should bring them up and take a picture to post...
RRM & marti, you two can gather rocks on your tip across the states. : ) Marti, it will take you a day to drive up from Ventura. My old stomping grounds. I grew up in Pico Riveria.
Remember, no hotel or motel rooms to pay for. Just camping & good old camp cooking. Unless you do better with a motel room? We do have a nice motel here in Dallas. It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to get to the Prineville area from here.
Day one, home base here, camping and camp cooking.
Day two, Prineville for one or two nights (more?), and back to home base here in Dallas. Camp fires, meals, sharing.
Day ?, Takes about 45 minutes to get to the Pacific Ocean for here.
Let me and Creekside know if you have a particular nursery you would like to visit in the Willamette Valley.
Squaw Mountain (semps & sedums)
Oregon Gardens (fee to get in)
And many more very interesting places. Search gardens & nurseries of Williamette,
Any ideas or suggestions?
Who up for the camp trip of a lifetime? : )
I don't mind camping out. Just need someone to help me get up off the ground. With both knees bad and a bad back I don't do the ground sleeping any more. The seats in my car lean back and that's how I slept on the trip from Calif to Kentucky. If I get back to Calif to see my son and grandson, my son is going to have me fly out. That means no car or I have to see if I can rent a car to get to Oregon. I'm working on it.
We will have to get campbeds. I can't see sleeping on ground, to many aches and pains. It sure sounds like fun and I bet we could manage somehow. You know what they say-- where there is a will, there is a way. You can get these little bed with legs on them.
I already have chairs from going camping with horses (mules) so that is no added expense. Got a coffee pot and Tea kettle , Instant coffee and tea. goodness gracious, I think I'm ready...may have to get two sticks to rub together...☺
marti, you can bunk with me. I don't do ground either. We have a pickup. I'm sure we will have enough vehicles that you won't need to rent one. Just need to get yourself here. : )
Army cots are great in a tent. : )
Starting tomorrow I am going to start walking every day and do some leg strenghtening exercises to get in shape for our big event. : )
My DH wants to come along, he is a great camper/cook and general all around helper. Great sense of humour. He will even play his flutes for us. : )
Oh, I forgot to tell all of you, we have all the cooking equipement. My husband was an avid hunter. Would be gone for weeks at a time (set up a base camp). We used to pack everything in on horses. Needless to say we don't do that anymore. : ) We have several tents (big enough for 2 to 4 people per tent). We don't have extra air mattresses or cots to put them on as we used to sleep on the ground in sleeping bags.
RRM I'm sure there are plenty of sticks for rubbing together, but that would take away time for hunting rocks. Good old propane. : )
I'd rather bring those little Firesticks that already have the propane in them. Just got to figure out what to hold down so you can use them. Love these child-proof things. I use them for candles all the time, Multi-purpose lighter is what it is called. Very handy.
We will manage We were raised to learn to be self dependant, Just got soft from all the necesseties at hand.
I do believe things are starting to gel. : )
Great idea Sharon, picking up marti.
I already have a house & doggie sitter for when we are gone. I will have to start thinking of what I can make starts of in the way of plants to send home with each of you. : )
Look up my zip code report and see if there is anything special you would like. : )
My trade list isn't showing very much at this time. Maybe I should go back and enable all of it. There are still things not posted on either zip or trade lists.
This is my favorite Oregon Beach for collecting rocks, they are not all oval and smooth like they are on the beaches up north, they are random shapes and sizes and in a rainbow of colors. These are from the beach in Brookings, OR
I did find out the I can get a plane with a layover in Vegas. I could just take the plane to Vegas meet up with Sharon or someone else in the area that's headed for Oregon and ride to Oregon and take the bus back to Ventura. Thats my sons suggestion.
Well I think we can do that Marti but no smoking and I control the music. No fear, very mellow. No politics and no religion discussions. Just thought I would clear the air. Marti, do not be afraid, my nickname is Mother Winter., All, i want to talk about is the beautiful scenery, gardening and ROCKS. Creek side, you had better hid those rocks, especially the last photo. They are absolutely beautiful. OMG, I have never see anything like that. I might have to trade in my SUV and buy a truck to make it back to Nevada. Oh I am IN. My kids think this is great. You go mom, we will take care of dad, as if dad cannot take care of himself.
Creekside, what lovely collections of rocks. Alooooong time ago we used to take the kids and go rock collecting here in WA state. There was a nice petrified wood area just above the Columbia R. near Vantage, but that area has been closed for many years. We also used to go looking for agates along the beach near Eureka CA. Now I'm and old woman and the kids are grown and scattered around US.
Good news!! I can't be anywhere near smoking as after 22 years of smoking I now throw up at the smell of cigerettes and develop a massive headache. Cure: total black out room for three to four days. And than I just feel horrible for a week or two. Doctor says leave it to me to do something weird, like being nicotine poisoned.
Music: as long as you don't play rap or heavy metal we'll get along. Plus I can bring ear plugs if I have to.
Discussion: I don't talk about religion or politics either. I love sightseeing and talking about what I see. I like gardening and about the rocks found that day or day before or day before that. You get the picture.
My daddy said , that is two things you don't talk about "politics and Religion" Yep, Daddy was right.
Old women and rocks just sort of "go together" with this group, throw in a few plants and we are happy campers.
Put me on the list, I stayed up until after 1am last night reading stories about rock collecting site in Oregon. There is a Gem & Mineral Society that might be helpful as far as talking to actual people who have been too and dug at these sites. They will know which ones to recommend. Lynn do you have those BLM maps yet?
No worries Marti, no smoking here either, I don't even like it when I'm in a check out line at the store and I can smell it on someones clothes in front of me. I can hardly wait to get out of there.
I have a little pile of Jasper, that I haven't taken a picture of yet. I'm going out to do that now, More later...
The funny thing is I still would like to have a cigerette. Havn't had one since Oct 1979. But even the slightess smell of one and I am very physically ill. Almost to the point of being hospitalized. Every time I think about trying a puff, someone walks by with it on their cloths and I'm on the ground throwing up and develop light blindness. Even after all these years. It's called nicotine toxicity.
If I was in the middle of the Mojave desert in 120+ heat and my car broke down, I could not get into a smokers car. It will be better if I stay outside and fry.
In Calif, they do not permit smoking within 25 feet of doorways. Here in Kentucky, they still smoke in restrauants and standing in doorways. I have to be very careful not to breath around them.
I've had a hard time trying to send a picture of a little rock that I picked up by a lake where I go when roads are good. It had collected moss on the bank beside the road. I brought it home and have placed it under a fairly large glass cloche that I have had many years. Doesn't get enough light, but I am hoping to keep the moss alive till spring. Now I will try to send it along.
That is so pretty. I got to go get some om my mossy rock for you to see.
Thank you, Donna. May have to get brave and go get you a pic. Temp is
30 degrees right now. Brrrrrr. But I got to go feed the critters, it is getting
about that time.
This is my Rose Quartz, which I love. I didn't pick these up myself. They were passed down from another rock collection, and the little round one, I bought. I don't actually know where a person could find these in the wild. That will be another research assignment.
Here are some that are out in the yard in piles. Red & Green jasper, quartz with crystals and something else, part of geode with crystal and some agate.
Creekside, I have contacted the BLM and will be receiving info in the mail. The below link is a very beautiful, interesting place. We could even reserve the Miners Meadow just for our group. Will look into what that costs and how many people. Gold panning, rocks (quartz, etc.), fishing. http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/files/brochures/quartzville_101708.pdf
We are by far not finished looking for wonderful places to go. Keep watching for updates.
I have friends in Prineville that I will contact for more complete info. : )
We can do ocean beaches, desert, mountain and valley. All very close. : ) The wonderful Willamette Valley, everything is close. : )
This photo was made into a framed pic in the computer room. I also sent it off to an internet site where they converted it into postage stamps that were worth like 35 cents a piece (few years ago). It has a couple of reticulated quartz, a triple phantom quartz, and a clear quartz.
The largest crystal came from a rock dealer friend of mine, Larry Castle out of Austin, Tx., the triple phantom from a rock shop outside Mt. Ida, Ark., the clear one on the left came from a rock shop in Fla, and the reticulated cut triangle from a dealer at a rock show held in Springfield, Il. (15 mi N of me). Here's a close up of the reticulated cut quartz. The reticulated crystals captured within the clear quartz are elongated crystals of rutile.
Those are just beautiful!! The ones you said had been stamps look like Crystal Palaces, the Pryamid is great too. Do they shape those by hand? or are they machined? I used to work at a place that could machine metal parts on CNC's But I can't immagine them doing the crystals like that. They are so fascinating. Love them all.
Yes, I would love to go on a rock collecting jaunt, but at my age 83, I have to be careful in my travels, and Oregon is many miles south of me. Let me know what the plans are as the time gets closer. I sure wouldn't want to drive much of any place right now. Snowed all day yesterday, heavy wet snow, about 5 inches. I still haven't gotten all my paths shoveled clean
Younger here also, 66. : )
Creekside and I talked it over yesterday. We are scoping out places that only take at the most 2 to 2 1/2 hours from here. Nothing rugged. We decide not to go to the far part of Eastern Oregon as it is very rugged, you have to have 4 wheel drive and immune to heat, dust, and there is no shade. We have some places in mind that have water (ocean, creek or river), trees and lots of rocks. We won't be going until June sometime. It seems most of us are retired age, so children in school shouldn't be a problem with scheduling?
Any nurseries you all would like to visit? Good thing about the Piority Mail is if it fits, it ships (nothing over 70 lbs). Think of all the rocks you could just send home through the mail marti. Don't have to lug them on the airplane. : )
OMG! You are tempting me to visit Oregon in June! I've always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, the Pacific, go whale watching, and now I can go rock collecting all in one trip! OH, my! I'm really going to have to sit down and plan for this trip! Maybe I could work it out! Will let you know later. love, julie
I would love to go with you gals, if I am free in June. I LOVE ROCKS, and I would love to meet some of you, RRM, Marti. Soferdig is hosting the PNW Roundup in Montana this year, and we are trying to make plans to go there, also.
I know!!! I would love to go to that one. Have you been there??
Sounds like you have. I would absolutely love to go to that.
Get's my blood surging to even think of it. Love mule shows and that one is
the Top #1 mule show of all time.
RRM, My experience with mules in my childhood was that they were stubborn and only good as pack animals. Now before you go off on me let me tell you what changed my mind. At age 19, I began riding as an exercise girl at a private club stable. The owners were lawyers, cpa's, judges etc. Most only rode their horses, mules during a 5 day ride once a year. It was up to the two exercise girls to keep the horse, mules in shape the rest of the year. Not long after I started work, I was asked to ride "Polly" a mule. I was used to riding jumping horses and cutters/ropers, so I felt that I was being asked to step down my skill to ride a mule. When I told the barn manager that I did not want to ride no stupid mule, he made me saddle her up and take her next door to the cutting horse trainer and tell him that mules were no good. Smart alec that I was I did just that. Carl made me take Polly out in the arena where he had an electronic calf. He took my reins away and said "Hang on!"
I was busy LMAO, when he turned that calf on. I picked myself up off the ground and joined him in a chair. I learned 3 things that day.
#1. Never take a mule for granted!
#2 Mules do make great cutters.
#3 Mules are great to just ride.
MULES!! It is the mule capitol of the world. Mule day is April 8-11. It is a collection of Crafts, mule shows, just like they have for horse shows. If a horse can do it, so can a mule . Mules are too smart sometime. That is what gets them into trouble. They are a Thinking Animal. so if you tell them to do something, it beter be right or they are not going to do it if they think it will hurt or endanger them.
I love mules; and Mary, I hold no ill feelings. I try to love everyone. You are included. Yo can check out this site. You will be surprised.
marti, that was a great experience story. My husband grew up with mules on the farm. The closest we had to a mule after we got married was a Giant Jack named Shotgun. He was someones pet and had never been ridden. Our 8 year old daughter wanted to ride him, so I told her she would have to train him. After 2 days of getting him used to the saddle & bosal she got on to ride. She spent all day out there trying to get him to move. She finally came in crying out of frustration and called him stupid. We sat down and talked about how every one, including animals thinks different. That was the day she learned you have to be smarter than the animal in order to train it. Takes lots of patience and understanding how that animal thinks. She spent many hours out on the range land riding him, he was very gentle and took good care of her. I like to think that was a milestone in her growing up. She still remembers it after 33 years.
Your mule stories are great, makes me wish I had a Charley.
The Roundup is the name for DG Get togethers. It confused me at first, also. We co-hosted the PNW R/U here at our house last August. It was a fun weekend, potluck, garden tours, seed and plant exchanges, gifts, prizes, lots of good company.
My dad used to make me go rock hunting with him and he would get so mad at me, because I would pick the junk rocks and pitch the good stuff he said.
Here we have so much obsiden and petrafied wood in the field that one year I shipped a friend in NE a box that cost 10.35 at the time for large flat rate box and he was in heaven asked me how long and how many rows in the field I had to do to get it and I said 2, so no biggy for me and he was just so happy.
I do have a couple of dads briefcases filled with cut stones that I will always keep one day will get a ring made.
I would love to come as well to WA but depends on DH health, and how rugged as had knee replacement in Oct.
Thanks for joining Dee. You are not heavy, you are my buddy. Hey guys and girls. This is my buddy from Oregon. She is a very important individual in the Iris whatever. Sorry Dee. Anyway,she is a judge, grower and also a wonderful person. And she lives in Oregon so it would not be out of my way to pick her up. Maybe I should get a bus,. I have the President of the Rose Society waiting to join us if the dates are right. Her DH just died and she still has his humongous truck we could use. He was so ill that his death was a blessing. The were married for 47 years. She probably needs a drive across Nevada, Idaho and then Oregon. We may go on to Washington, Alaska and then Russia. According to Palin, it is just beyond her patio. Sorry, I am Republican but not a Palin fan. Right now I am not for anyone. We need a king or queen. I am mad at all of them but we are not suppose to talk about this on DG so I am not. Love you all. Dee welcome. Took you long enough. DG finding a forum lacks an easy road.
Dee, you are not far from me here in Dallas (maybe an hour away). : ) My DH had both of his knees replaced 3 years ago. Was tough going during the healing process, but he golfs every day now unless the course is closed. : ) We are trying to choose places to go that would be relatively easy to get around.
Look forward to meeting you.
Dee, I'm with you. I have a back injury and both knees are bad so I'm always looking for the easy walk. If I can put things together and make it to Oregon for this trip, I'll bring along someone to carry for me. This is my son and grandson. My son says he'll come along to help drive (he drives 18 wheelers for a living) and to carry rock. My grandson who will be 3 years old the end of this month will come along to keep me company. How's that?
He would have a lot of fun. The only thing will be timing, and getting a "sitter" for his mom. She is 87 and lives with us, her own daughters won't even help out. It would NOT be a fun trip to bring her with us (she has dementia and BM's herself (FULL load) frequently, and I have to clean her up.) Thanks for letting me vent!
DH is a firefighter, so it all depends on his schedule. If it is a 4 day off, it would work, or the end of June, when he already requested vacation time. (We thought the Roundup was going to be then, and it is too late to change his schedule.) This is going to be so much fun! PNWMountain girl, do you want to travel with us?
Good night all. My computer is going in for a clean up tomorrow. Hopefully will have it back by Monday. Our computer geek says he'll spend the weekend on it. Seems that sisters grandson may have picked up something surfing the web. He goes on strange sites and he was here last weekend. Computer keeps shutting down on me.
That could work, Lynn. :) I'm pretty sure Tracy won't want to go, so it would be nice to not have to drive all alone. And I know I get along well with you and Joey in person, so we don't have to worry about brawling. LOL!
My brawling days are over. Just got my broken nose fixed and am in the process of getting my old broken bridge replaced. (Accident years ago, not a fight! LOL) The surgeon said she doesn't normally find a nose so severely mangled on a woman. I hope she didn't think I was a bar room brawler!
I haven't talked to Joey about it yet. He had to go to a fire last last night, so he is taking a nap right now. He had to go to a fire on his last shift, also - that fire where they found the woman dead with multiple gun shots. I couldn't do his job.
Thanks, Dee. They didn't change the shape, just repaired it so I could breathe. It had been like that for most of my life, and I didn't know it. She said the one side was completely blocked, didn't know how I could breathe through it.
Lynn W & Pony, Welcome and we hope you can join us. We have plenty of room for you and your motorhome. I am out of town in a rural area on 14 acres, ValleyLynn is in town but also has a big roomy lot next to her so we both have plenty of off street parking.
I am really studying my Oregon Rocks. Last night I went to a Gem & Mineral Society meeting, and learned about all the Lapidary equipment they have and the class that I am going to start next week to learn how to use it all.
They also have been to many of the rock hunting locations in Oregon and seem abundant with knowledge, so I'll try to soak up as much as I can between now and June.
Maybe by then I'll be able to pick up a rock and have an idea of what it is.
A book they recommended is : "Gem Trails of Oregon" , I don't have it yet but I will try to locate a copy soon.
Hey guys I too just found this and I am the one hosting the Montana RU for Rocky Mt, and Pac NW gardeners.
Beautiful collections of rocks. How do you know if you have a geode? We have so many rocks here it is a mecca for rock hounds.
This is a collage of just some of the rocks in our garden. You are all welcome and look at the RU for details of what is available. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1042646/
Lots of time to do what ever. Steve
Nice variety of rocks you have there. I've been to Flathead Lake, what a beautiful place. What I remember the most is we stopped down at the south end near Polson. We walked along the shore and there were colored rocks everywhere! Both on the shore and out in the water. You could see the colors of the rocks out in the water since the water was so crystal clear. It was about 10 years ago when we went. If I lived there, I'd have a rock garden for sure!
I just got my first lesson on Thunder eggs. They are bumpy round things that are imbedded in a bigger base matrix. You have to pick axe them out, unless they have eroded away enough to fall out. You don't know for sure what is inside until you cut them in half. You hope for a clear core of Agate or a hollow core of Crystaline formations. I'm not 100% sure, but I'm thinking the Crystaline filled ones are called Geodes. I could be wrong, maybe there is a more elaborate explaination. But I am new at the scientific stuff.
Montana is rich in minerals and old mines, as I'm sure you know. I bet that would be a fun rock hunting state.
Steve, I wish it wasn't so far from here to there. I know you travel all around but you aren't 83 years old either. I would love to be able to attend the RU but don't think it is in the cards. I don't travel very much any more. Told my son to cancel the trip reservations they had made for me to fly to Baton Rouge for my oldest grand son's marriage, in Mid Feb. Too many flight changes and all at night. Donna
Looks like I'll have to visit Oregon/Washington another year. Just looked it up on Google and its 2500+ miles one way trip. That's at least 10 hours a day for 4 days with 3 children in the car! We'd need hotel rooms for the trip and that would put me way over budget! : (
You all seem to be rock wizards! I really need to get a good book on types of rocks and start adding to my collection.
Well here we go.
The date for the Rock Hunt here in Western, OR is scheduled for
June 25, 26 & 27.
We don't have any hook ups for RV's but self sustained ones are great.
Plenty of room for tents.
If we have very many that are coming we can rent a port-a-potty. : ) If just a few will be here they are welcome to use our one and only bathroom.
Cooking facilities will be set up outside, we can also use the kitchen in the house if needed.
If weather turns bad we have one extra bedroom and plenty of floor space.
Let me know who wants us to set up a tent for them. We do have two available if you don't have one.
We have a fun campfire area for morning coffee w/breakfast and for nighttime visiting/story telling.
Depending on how many plan on coming (we need a head count), my husband & I can provide the meat, say Chicken for Fri. evening, Hamburger for Sat. evening, Sausages & hot dogs of different kinds for Sun. evening. Suggestions are welcome. Then if those that come can provide things to go with the provided meat. Kind of like a pot luck. What do all of you think?
Any suggestions on menu are appreciated. Breakfast & lunches.
We are still working on a couple of sites to see which will be the best for hunting rocks. We want to make sure everyone goes home with all the rocks they hoped for. : )
Now is the time for input so this can be a great time for all that come. : )
Now, to get the Rock Swap going.
How does it sound to have a Hostess.
Everyone send their rocks to hostess, plus return postage.
Date set for packages to be sent in. We need to keep in mind when setting dates that some states are under snow.
Each person post a picture of what they sent.
Each person send a wish list after closing date and seeing what everyone sent in.
Hostess will then divide rocks up between the participants using their wish lists.
We need to choose a Hostess and check on DG rules for doing this. Has anyone had experience?
Any other ideas? All thought are welcome. : )