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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 15, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #7369142

Your wish is my command:-)

We came from here

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1060445/#new

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
1:06 AM

Post #7369184

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.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #7369194

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.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2009
2:21 AM

Post #7369426

SO pretty!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
2:48 AM

Post #7369558

Thank you Jada for the new thread. : )
That brought me a sense of peace just looking at the picture. I'm sure I could hear the water fall. Sigh
Thanks for that RRM

Okay, everyone interested in participating (sometime after the first of the year) in a rock trade, speak up. We are making a new list of names. : )
Lynn

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
12:32 PM

Post #7370335

Well now, you all know I am in, if I can go wondering
in the woods looking for rocks for youall, you know
I'm in.
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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2009
12:51 PM

Post #7370368

Count me in for the rock swap.

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
1:10 PM

Post #7370413

Thank you pirl, I do have a ittle cam corder, We don't get snow very much down here but wouldn't that be a beautiful picture??
I will try to get us another one.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 15, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #7370464

Lovely waterfall! Thanks. On our rock hunt we'll be stopping at your house after the stop at Pixies' :-)
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 15, 2009
2:02 PM

Post #7370591

don't forget i am in

here is a picture of mostly white quartz with some other colors mixed in made into a pyramid

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #7370621

Come on down.
You will love it.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 15, 2009
2:10 PM

Post #7370626

I always loved azaleas in the northeast but after seeing them in bloom in February, in Georgia, I was stunned at their beauty.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
2:13 PM

Post #7370641

Wait til you see an Orange one...

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 15, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #7370707

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
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #7370723

Is it fragrant RRM?

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.
Jadajoy
valleylynn
ridesredmule
CreeksideFarm
pirl
wha
the1pony
pixydish
critterologist
plantladylin
CreeksideFarm
LynnWeidman
postmandug
jmorth
froggies_girl
skwinter
MarciaGeiger

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 15, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #7371425

you may add my name to The List.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #7371450

Not really, but they are always pretty.
rutholive, the snow will melt, then you can get pic.

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

December 15, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #7371502

Please add my name to the list. thanks, julie

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
7:13 PM

Post #7371513

This is wonderful!!! We are going to
give the Post office people Hemmoroids...
isn't that wild?? ☺ I know I'm being bad but
it is funny...
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 15, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #7371566

LOL! Or they will grow some new muscles...

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #7371570

I didn't know how else to phase it and I wanted to be nice.
It is going to be wonderful. Even just to laugh at it , is good.

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

December 15, 2009
8:31 PM

Post #7371756

Oh, we are SO BAD! And we love it!
julie
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 15, 2009
11:49 PM

Post #7372322

You guys are so bad, but sure alot of fun. : )
froggie and jmorth added to list. : )

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
12:25 AM

Post #7372423

That's what it is all about. Being good while being bad.
That takes practice...☺
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #7372430

Lots of practice. I better go practice. : )

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #7372467

See! That's what I mean!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 16, 2009
6:26 AM

Post #7373288

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.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 16, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #7373632

I read an article about landscaping with rocks and from what they said:

if you can lift it, it's a rock

if you need a dolly or hand cart, it's a bigger rock

if you need a crane then you've really got a boulder.

Beautifully done job, Sharon.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #7373649

great book on stone/rocks/boulders in the garden "stone in the garden" by gordon hayward. it would be a great xmass present to someone or yourself - i got mine for me:)
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 16, 2009
1:36 PM

Post #7373665

RRM That orange azalea is bootiful!! You must save me some seeds.

Well, last night I took my last exam of the last class of the last semester for my degree and if the paperwork goes ok that means I am officially graduated!!!!!

I feel so relieved to finally finish this (started in 1974 out of high school) that it is a boulder off my shoulder :-)

At my age it was so difficult and seemed to take forever but it is something I wanted to finish before I leave here, to tie up loose ends. I wish I could celebrate with my friends here.
Joyce
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2009
1:39 PM

Post #7373677

congrats joyce!
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 16, 2009
1:43 PM

Post #7373693

Thanks wha. Going to amazon to look up that book.
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2009
1:56 PM

Post #7373721

that is where i got it - it really is a fantastic book - although a lot of heavy equipment was used on the projects - next vehicle here is a front end loader:)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #7373860

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?
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #7374072

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. : )
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 16, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #7374094

Thanks Lynn! BA in English. I'm thinking I might have time now to host this, if we decide to go that way...maybe...

Yes, memories of our friends across the states!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
4:51 PM

Post #7374194

Maybe should be a Heart-shaped garden, huh???
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #7374672

Awww, that's sweet RRM.
jada, I'm going to be in Annandale, VA next week. How far is that from you?
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
7:58 PM

Post #7374677

Never mind, just looked at a map. It's a long ways away. : (

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #7374716

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.

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wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2009
8:26 PM

Post #7374735

looks like they were just dumped there - i'd go get them too!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #7374762

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. : )
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 16, 2009
9:13 PM

Post #7374850

lynn
Annandale is Northern Virginia. about 400 miles from me :-( But I would have loved to have you over:-) Know what you mean about your own place. But being closer to family is a temptation too.

Be careful RRM! Don't want you spraining anything over those rocks.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 16, 2009
9:24 PM

Post #7374879

Great job but not on my part. The rocks were free but I had to pay for the flat bed and crane. Did not ask how much for the flat bed and crane. Next time I will for sure.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #7375005

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.

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 16, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #7375022

They are beautiful. I prefer the two on the right side of the photo but they are all great. I have many individuals give me very funny looks when I am standing in amazement over a "Rock".

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #7375041

YeH, WE would all be very comfortable with
each other because of our love for rocks.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:17 PM

Post #7375044

Those are beautiful RRM.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #7375054

Look in the stream...
that's a skinny tree in the middle.
I loved this tree trunk, but then noticed the rocks
in the stream.

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:28 PM

Post #7375082

What a wonderful, magical place. It must be so peaceful walking there.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #7375101

Couldn't you just see a little Elf Kingdom there??
I absolutely loved it.
enidcandles
Enid, OK

December 16, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #7375104

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!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:36 PM

Post #7375119

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 16, 2009
10:42 PM

Post #7375131

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 16, 2009
10:46 PM

Post #7375151

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.
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 19, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #7383026

I found this recently in the dry creek. I'll have to find a good place for that one!

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LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 19, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #7383034

And here's the other side. Am I crazy or what? To be fascinated by these rocks, that is.

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #7383054

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.
Lynn
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 19, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #7383209

Enjoy! Don't come this way unless you want snow.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2009
12:00 AM

Post #7383241

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. : )

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #7383256

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 20, 2009
1:11 AM

Post #7383462

You'll be better off driving since 1,000 flights were cancelled today. Enjoy the family!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #7383477

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!! pirl, your scaring me.
We leave Monday night (late), so maybe by then they will have caught up on canceled flights. Fingers crossed XXXXX, all of them. Tried the toes, got cramps. : }
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 20, 2009
1:57 AM

Post #7383579

Then you are flying? I thought it would be a very, very long drive! They said on TV that three days should get things back on track. For your sake, and for your family, I hope they're right!
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 20, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #7383699

Have a good time Lynn. By the time you leave it should be ok. Merry christmas!
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 20, 2009
4:58 AM

Post #7383959

We need at geologist on this thread. I have never seen anything like that white whatever but it is beautiful. Would be nice to know what it is.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 20, 2009
3:52 PM

Post #7384870

The first side of that rock reminds me of cauliflower. It's great, Linda.

I agree with Sharon - we need a geologist here.
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 20, 2009
5:22 PM

Post #7385077

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2009
6:27 PM

Post #7385223

let's do a tag to see if we can get a Geologist that likes to enjoy all you wonderful Rock lovers ...oh, and me. How about it Jada? Think we can find one, I think we had one on other thread. Did we??
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 20, 2009
6:57 PM

Post #7385282

Sounds good to me. Seems like I remember someone chiming in to give an id some time back. Need to go back over the threads and look them up.

We could also look up some websites and post them for id's.
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 20, 2009
8:36 PM

Post #7385518

This is the one I wonder about the most. To me, it looks like the print of an ancient animal.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2009
9:24 PM

Post #7385783

Maybe dinasours roamed there. It is interesting.
There is no knowing, Maybe some one will know..
Aunt_A


December 21, 2009
12:16 AM

Post #7386200

Maybe you could post the pics on the DG rock forum:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/crag/all/

Nice folks w/ beautiful rocks there also.


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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #7386216

Thank you Aunt_A. I added it to my forums.
You are right. Riticulated Quart, what a beautful word and stone.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 21, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #7386912

The rocks and mineral forum has some excellent specimen identifiers over there, altagardener stands out.
Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #7387100

I took a photo of the geode I found in Texas when I was 12.

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Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
7:22 AM

Post #7387101

Then I got carried away and photographed the other rocks I keep in my office. This one is petrified wood, again, from British Columbia

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Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
7:24 AM

Post #7387102

The white quartz I found in Germany when I was a kid. The yellow citrine looking one I got at a rock shop up in the Cascades.

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Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
7:26 AM

Post #7387104

I found the white quartz. This one, if I'm remembering right, came from Maine. I have no idea where I got the others. I've had the amethyst for a very long time.

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Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
7:27 AM

Post #7387105

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.

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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 21, 2009
10:08 AM

Post #7387174

Thats a wonderful collection Pixy! I like the idea of spraying them for brightness.

Here is an id site. Click on the name and you will see a pic of the stone.

http://geology.about.com/library/bl/blrockident_tables.htm
Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
5:46 PM

Post #7388183

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!
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 21, 2009
6:25 PM

Post #7388286

LOL!
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
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 21, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #7388455

LindaTx8, where in Texas is Medina Co.?

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

December 21, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #7389002

Jusp popping in for a minute. Will have to come back later and OOH and AHH over those beautiful rocks! love, julie
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 22, 2009
5:13 AM

Post #7389830

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.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2009
8:39 AM

Post #7390060

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.

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jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 22, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #7390239

nice jmorth! It looks prehistoric :-)
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 22, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #7390261

Here is a site for fossil ID. Havent seen anything like your specimen yet, LindaTX8.

http://bassexpert.com/servlet/FwTourPage?kingdom=&phylum=&class=&order=&family=&genus=&species=&from=Pre-Cambrian Eon&to=Pleistocene Epoch&discoverer=&action=Search&country=&state=&site=&desc_search=&first_to_show=0&start_tour=Start the Tour&show_order=recent
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #7390968

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.

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LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 22, 2009
6:25 PM

Post #7391015

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!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #7391042

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).

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 22, 2009
6:43 PM

Post #7391071

Dinosaur State Park is somewhere up there isn't it? It was featured in a special on one of the nature channels. I need to get my Texas road map out to pinpoint those Texas areas.
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 22, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #7391160

There is Dinosaur Valley State Park near Fort Worth somewhere. I haven't been to that one.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 22, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #7391488

That is a beautiful Thunder Rock. How do they form? do you know?
I love it...Did you find it like that or did you cut one in half? It is so
interesting to see them and wonder how they were formed.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

December 24, 2009
6:45 AM

Post #7395135

RRM, that particular thunderegg was given to me as a giftl. Regarding formation thereof, you might check out this link (scroll down to 2nd pic and read...http://www.summerfunandtravel.com/ghosttownsrockhunting.htm I liked the Indian legend explaination.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 24, 2009
9:46 PM

Post #7396536

I read it. It is beautiful legend. I think they are beautiful. I haven't seen anything like them.
It is always fun to learn new things. thank you J for the infomation.
Pixydish
Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

December 25, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #7397293

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.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 25, 2009
12:05 PM

Post #7397382

Merry Christmas to all my rocky friends!!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #7397821

And from me in DC (until next Wed), I wish you all a blessing filled Christmas and New Year. We have so much to look forward to. : )
Lynn
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 25, 2009
6:34 PM

Post #7397932

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.

Again, Merry Christmas.

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 25, 2009
6:52 PM

Post #7397955

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!

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 25, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #7397978

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.

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 25, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #7397987

What does the rock swap entail? I must admit I am intrigued!

Another of my little projects.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 25, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #7398014

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.
RRM

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 25, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #7398021

Yes we have a few rocks! LOL

Thanks for the warm welcome!
LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 25, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #7398264

Ves, welcome! All of us rock-lovers have much in common. Merry Christmas!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 25, 2009
11:52 PM

Post #7398276

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.

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #7399312

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.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

December 26, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #7399395

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.

Donna

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 26, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #7399753

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #7399835

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??????
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 26, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #7399933

I'm with you ridesredmule I just now pick up smaller boulders. Or try to roll them to my car and than lift them in.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #7399948

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 26, 2009
8:30 PM

Post #7399954

exploring sounds fun. I'm trying to find a place to get smooth river rocks. They don't have them here and need them for painting one.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 26, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #7399975

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #7399989

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? ☺
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 26, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #7400012

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..

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #7400031

It is amazing how Beaches can be made where there is no water, Mountains where there is no snow.
So I guess they can unload rocks and make whatever they want. HUH?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 26, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #7400127

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
10:16 PM

Post #7400153

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

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 26, 2009
11:36 PM

Post #7400306

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.

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 26, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #7400314

Another angle.

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LindaTX8
NE Medina Co., TX
(Zone 8a)

December 26, 2009
11:39 PM

Post #7400315

Nice cat! Here's a pic of one of the "shell rocks". I really like those!

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 26, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #7400330

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...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 27, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7400811

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.
motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

December 27, 2009
9:48 AM

Post #7401213

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 :)
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2009
12:59 PM

Post #7401339

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.
Lynn

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 27, 2009
1:09 PM

Post #7401353

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!
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 27, 2009
1:54 PM

Post #7401422

OOH, that house rock is adorable, marti!

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.

What do you think?

Joyce
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #7401619

That sounds great Joyce. Good idea. I will be back home Wed. and will start posting some pictures.
Lynn
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 27, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #7401725

Great! I will start the new pics thread soon as I hear from others.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2009
6:35 PM

Post #7401965


Great idea. Glad some one got a good head on their shoulders. Mine just "rocks around" up there...lol
I am so happy we are getting a following of Rock Lovers. Isn't it Grand, Girls????
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 27, 2009
6:51 PM

Post #7401993

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #7402032

That is so Great!!!! I love it. You have a very
sweet brother, I am sure. Such a good sister.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 27, 2009
7:59 PM

Post #7402150

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. : )
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 27, 2009
8:34 PM

Post #7402227

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

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

December 28, 2009
1:58 PM

Post #7403693

Just have to find my rocks under the snow! LOL

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2009
4:24 PM

Post #7404000

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
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 28, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #7404246

Yes, I agree. Everyday is the weekend.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 28, 2009
9:16 PM

Post #7404685

I am new to retirement and still occasionallly feel a little guilty that I don't have my nose to the grindstone and my body out of the rat race, but am getting used to having my time to myself.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #7404919

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #7405068

Sharon - I just love your attitude! From now on I'll think your way.

Retirement is good for the soul.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #7405088

And you have more Peace of mind too.
No racing to get things done because you are on a time Schedule.
AWWWWWWWW!!!! Sweet Bliss...☺
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 29, 2009
1:18 AM

Post #7405351

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...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2009
1:26 AM

Post #7405372

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.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 29, 2009
1:34 AM

Post #7405387

LOL! I'm imagining a drunk getting slapped.

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.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 29, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #7405469

I've been retired since I turned 49 and I adapted rather well. Now that the gardens are done it's time to do some areas over again, which I find interesting and challenging.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2009
2:46 AM

Post #7405616

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.

This message was edited Dec 28, 2009 9:47 PM
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 29, 2009
3:48 AM

Post #7405770

LOL. Thats what friends are for :-)

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #7406560

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2009
2:21 PM

Post #7406579

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #7406617

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7411210

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.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #7411233

Hi Lynn!
Hope you had a good time! I will start the pic thread soon and post the link here. Can't wait to see all the goodies:-)
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #7411348

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. : )
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
1:49 AM

Post #7411537

Thanks Lynn. Your welcome! Its not a problem, really.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 31, 2009
5:15 AM

Post #7412179

My neighbor has a magnificent boulder. Think we could trade it without his knowledge??
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
5:37 AM

Post #7412254

I'll bring the backhoe. Does anyone have a large truck? Our little Toyota truck probably won't be big enough.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

December 31, 2009
5:41 AM

Post #7412272

I think I can borrow one. Maybe Bonnie and Clyde of Rock theft across the USA. I have my automatic machine gun that will kill 40 rats in a minute.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
5:54 AM

Post #7412314

Now that is impressive. All I have are two Rat Terriers that can do maybe several a minute.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #7413030

My BIL drives an 18-wheeler , will that work? ☺
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
6:56 PM

Post #7413641

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!


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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #7413674

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.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
7:39 PM

Post #7413739

I got Shotgun!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #7413777

Can I sit in the middle? Or maybe be the hood ornament pointing out rocks coming up?
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

December 31, 2009
8:13 PM

Post #7413819

Why Lynn, I thought you were driving :-) We need your expertise up front..lol
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #7413886

18 wheeler? Me driving? Now I'm not feeling so well.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
9:31 PM

Post #7414002

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #7414129

Okay marti, how old is your son, is he patient and when is he available? I up for it. : )
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 31, 2009
10:22 PM

Post #7414155

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #7414214

I guess, i"ll be shotgun for the shotgun. how about that???
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
11:18 PM

Post #7414343

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2009
11:27 PM

Post #7414369

Good thing to do on rainy days. We had rain early this morning and then Lots of FOG.
Hope you all have a safe Happy, Healthy, New year. Cause we want to be able to collect those rocks...☺
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 1, 2010
3:39 AM

Post #7415262

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
3:43 AM

Post #7415273

We're in luck. My son also knows how to work a forklift and a crane. Heck, We got it made.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 1, 2010
3:58 AM

Post #7415317

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
4:20 AM

Post #7415367

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?
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 1, 2010
4:30 AM

Post #7415395

Sounds great. Does Donald have any money left. See where his ex just lost her 40+ year old boy toy. Surprise. She needs to take up gardening.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 1, 2010
1:09 PM

Post #7415817

She's harvested quite a bit from the Donald, raked in big money and composted the boy toy. Another boy toy will come along, we can be sure.

ves522

ves522
Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 1, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #7415924

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!

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
4:11 PM

Post #7416427

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?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
4:47 PM

Post #7416558

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

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
5:15 PM

Post #7416651

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!!!!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #7416671

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
5:26 PM

Post #7416691

Sounds like a winner to me. Wouldn't it be great?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
5:31 PM

Post #7416708

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.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #7416726

Lynn, you are cracking me up!

The Mojave sounds like the place to go!

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 a dream for the new year...:-).

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
5:43 PM

Post #7416750

Lordy!!! Don't forget me, I want to go!
Bucket Trip-we want to collect the rocks before we "kick the bucket"
YeeeHawww!!!! Let's go!!!!
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #7416781

Of course your in rrm! If we get enough we could hire a driver too and make HIM pick up the rocks..HA!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #7416809

that is Right. We need someone to lift and move those rocks.
I may have when I was younger but the older I get, the weaker I get.
But it doesn't keep me from wanting.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #7416820

Hey!! My son is going to drive and handle the forklift. AND he's great at picking up rocks.
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

January 1, 2010
6:10 PM

Post #7416831

Great! Then we can give him the driver fee:-)
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
6:17 PM

Post #7416858

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?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #7416874

Boy, will that Kid be roten, by the time he would get home.
Nobody could stand him. Three is a good age. I love him already..
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 1, 2010
7:26 PM

Post #7417090

This is my grandson. He turns three the end of this month.

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Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
7:57 PM

Post #7417190

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 1, 2010
10:05 PM

Post #7417567

marti, your grandson is adorable.
Willow, I hear agates calling me. : ) We used to have an old homestead farm in Big Valley just outside Poulsbo, WA. Was originally cleared by oxen.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
12:09 AM

Post #7417964

That's near where Tillysrat lives. I lived in Poulsbo from 1941-1955. Your old place is probably still there. It all looks the same now as it did then. They have a beautiful nursery there now also.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
12:20 AM

Post #7417995

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.
Willowwind2
Union, WA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
12:25 AM

Post #7418010

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.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2010
1:27 AM

Post #7418190

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...

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
3:53 AM

Post #7418567

Well, there you are Creekside. : )
Been getting enough rain lately? I know I have. I think I'm getting cabin fever. : (
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2010
5:13 AM

Post #7418706

Yes, loads of rain! The pond is full and the creek is raging. When the dogs come in from outside, they are dripping, I have to towel dry them.

Good Day to stay inside and Dream About Rocks... Agates, Thundereggs, Sunstones...Oh my...

I'm about ready to join the local Gem & Mineral Society...

motts1
south central, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #7418723

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/
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 2, 2010
7:57 PM

Post #7420453

Steve Wynn is a Casino Owner in Las Vegas. He built the Belliago, the Mirage, the Wynn., Encore, etc. He just left his wife of many years and is "in Love" with a young Austrian divorcee. Has mega bucks. Now his ex-wife has half. And she is still on the board. He and Donald Trump are fierce rivals.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2010
8:01 PM

Post #7420465

Hurray for the ex-wife!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
8:16 PM

Post #7420504

Here is a little info on finding rocks in Eastern Oregon.
Sorry, I forgot to put the link. : (
http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/orsites.html
The next link has info in second half of page that is helpful to hunting rocks.
http://www.amfed.org/nfms/articles2.htm

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WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 2, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #7420561

Wow, that sounds great and with trout in the stream we could have fresh trout for lunch. Nothing better than trout right out of the stream into the frying pan or grill basket.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
8:46 PM

Post #7420567

Healthy eating while we are having fun!!!!!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 2, 2010
9:10 PM

Post #7420679

I have a tote container full of all my camping gear. I'll bring it along and my fishing poles and tackle box.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2010
9:32 PM

Post #7420755

Lynn, Thanks for that Link...

Agatized Thundereggs - Wow, what a term. Doesn't get more exciting than that!

Madras, OR - Here we come!

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
9:40 PM

Post #7420772

I got some muck boots and as long as they don't get full of water I can go fishing.
This is going to be great!
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2010
9:50 PM

Post #7420810

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 3, 2010
1:49 AM

Post #7421462

We will pool funds so we all can rent port a potties and a couple outdoor showers. Actually we could go on line and learn how to make the showers. I am going to Google and see where we are going.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
2:07 AM

Post #7421515

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. : )
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 3, 2010
2:17 AM

Post #7421557

I have a SUV. With twin air mattresses would sleep two. I am not that far from Oregon.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
5:48 AM

Post #7422154

I have an Aunt that lives in Las Vegas and one that lives in Pahrump. : ) I was there last year visiting them. Took my Mom on a road trip. Doesn't take long to get here from there. : )
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 3, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #7422165

We went to Portland and Gresham every year until I was 18 because that was where all our relatives were and are currently.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
1:54 PM

Post #7422600

Wow, what a small world. Come on up Sharon. : )
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
5:17 PM

Post #7423240

Here's the scoop on where to get rocks in Oregon...

If you want Petrified Wood, you go to McDermitt, OR

If you want Thundereggs, you go to the Richardson Ranch in OR

If you want Picture Jasper, you go to Rocky Butte, in OR

This is what I read from stories posted by "professional Rock Hounds"

Now I just got to look at a map and locate those places...

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
5:20 PM

Post #7423251

You all are neighbors. The world is small.
Hubby says it is a three day trip from here to Oregon.
What a road trip !!!!! and rocks too.. Heavenly.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
5:43 PM

Post #7423323

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2010
7:13 PM

Post #7423593

I'll mark my calender, but will have to wait and see. Depends on finances. And if I'm free to make the trip. May be in Ventura, Calif to visit my grandson and son.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
8:08 PM

Post #7423730

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...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2010
8:11 PM

Post #7423735

I used to have some picture rock from Wyoming. I made a belt buckle with a really nice piece. Problem is it's in my stuff at my sons and I can't get to it til I can afford to ship my stuff.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
8:18 PM

Post #7423750

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)
Dancing Oaks
Oregon Gardens (fee to get in)
And many more very interesting places. Search gardens & nurseries of Williamette,
Oregon.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Who up for the camp trip of a lifetime? : )
Lynn
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2010
8:24 PM

Post #7423769

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
8:32 PM

Post #7423796

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...☺
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
8:32 PM

Post #7423797

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. : )
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2010
8:37 PM

Post #7423818

That sound great. I'll keep working on things from my side.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
8:39 PM

Post #7423831

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. : )

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
9:04 PM

Post #7423942

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.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 3, 2010
9:11 PM

Post #7423967

Marti001, if you are in Ventura, I could pick you up on the way. A little bit out of the way but the scenery is prettier.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 3, 2010
9:16 PM

Post #7423991

I think this sounds fabulous.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
9:34 PM

Post #7424052

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.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
10:43 PM

Post #7424302

Here are my little piles of rocks that have been gathered in Oregon:

These are from the Beach in Depot Bay:

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CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
10:45 PM

Post #7424308

Here is my little pile of Petrified Wood:

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CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
10:47 PM

Post #7424318

Here is some Obsidian that I picked up, It looks better in the sun, and it's usually broken open like this, so it would look good for Garden Decor. It is also naturally shiny

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CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 3, 2010
10:50 PM

Post #7424328

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

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
11:01 PM

Post #7424366

Beautiful. i think I see some Turquoise in there too.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
11:26 PM

Post #7424430

Delicious pictures Creekside. Lots of jasper.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 3, 2010
11:26 PM

Post #7424433

OOP!!! Sharon will have trouble picking me up as I'm in Kentucky. I'm Hoping to be in Ventura in June, but that depends on if my son can find a decent price on air fare. Keeping my fingers crossed.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 3, 2010
11:53 PM

Post #7424520

I will keep mine crossed for the cheap airfare marti.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
12:02 AM

Post #7424566

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
12:55 AM

Post #7424741

Wahoooo!!!! It's working. I'm getting cramps in my fingers, is it okay to uncross them?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
1:02 AM

Post #7424763

I've half uncrossed my fingers, but I'll keep them partly crossed until I'm on the plane.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 4, 2010
5:10 AM

Post #7425499

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.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #7426330

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.

Donna
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
2:41 PM

Post #7426358

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7426367

rutholive,

I hunted agates along the beaches in Trinidad Bay which is just north of Eureka, CA. It was great fun and beautiful rocks, polished by the sea and just alover the beach. Good driftwood also
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 4, 2010
2:46 PM

Post #7426384

Sounds like we will do just great.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
2:47 PM

Post #7426391

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #7426579

We don't smoke either. Who would want to talk anything but rocks and plants at a time like this? We like music, not the loud/mean stuff though.
Okay, so who is on the Rock Hunt list so far? : )
Me

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #7426809

I'm a wanna be. That is for sure.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #7427131

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...
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 4, 2010
6:37 PM

Post #7427172

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.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2010
7:12 PM

Post #7427297

Here is my little pile of Jasper:

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2010
7:26 PM

Post #7427347

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.

Donna

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2010
7:28 PM

Post #7427352

Well I still didn't get the picture I wanted, that one is of the rock under the cloche. Donna

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #7427364

It is not bad. If you want to gow the moss, Spray it with rainwater.
I have read you can put the moss and buttermilk in a blender and grow your own
moss on Rocks. have you tried it?
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2010
7:33 PM

Post #7427368

Here is the rock out of the cloche. Donna

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rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 4, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #7427375

rrm, thanks, no I haven't tried the moss & buttermilk.

I just wanted you all to see the pretty coloring of the rock. Donna

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #7427394

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.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 4, 2010
8:09 PM

Post #7427505

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.

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
8:28 PM

Post #7427567

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

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
8:49 PM

Post #7427621

That is so neat!!! got to show hubby.
Everything sounds great.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 4, 2010
8:59 PM

Post #7427656

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. : )
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 5, 2010
3:06 AM

Post #7429091

Count me in.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
3:32 AM

Post #7429186

Okay, so far here is who wants to come to Dallas, OR in June.
Creekside
Valleylynn
RRM
Marti
SharonWinter
Rutholive did you want to come?
Am I missing anyone? I don't want to leave anyone out.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #7429582

Creekside Farm,
There's a few places in south central Colorado where rose quartz is so abundant one could haul truckloads out; likewise white marble.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 5, 2010
7:05 AM

Post #7429595

Wow, Truckloads?

I'm on my way;^)

Love that stuff!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
7:59 AM

Post #7429644

Here's a good sized piece of Mica from Colorado (about a foot long, 10" high and wide):

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #7429646

Chunk of Co. marble -

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
8:03 AM

Post #7429647

Reticulated Quartz from my collection.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #7429653

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.

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
8:31 AM

Post #7429661

jmorth, those are stunning. Where did you get those?
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2010
9:18 AM

Post #7429689

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.

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #7430062

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.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 5, 2010
3:33 PM

Post #7430302

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

Donna

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #7430314

You better be careful out there.
I'll send you some rocks from Ga.
You just let me know. I'm a little younger I am 63.
You take care.
Charleen
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7430559

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. : )

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #7430606

I would like to see the looks on their faces if they ever
found out they were carrying Rocks, wouldn't you??

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

January 5, 2010
6:55 PM

Post #7431065

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
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #7431194

Welcome aboard froggies. : ) I love you name. We have plenty of time to plan outings. : )
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 5, 2010
7:42 PM

Post #7431207

Julie, my husband is from MS. : ) I spent 2 1/2 years there in the early 60's. It's such a wonderful place.
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2010
3:06 AM

Post #7433080

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.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 6, 2010
4:03 AM

Post #7433280

Nice to hear from you Lynn W, we would love to have you. We don't have any dates set in stone yet, so we are flexible so far on that. Is there a date set yet for the Montana PNW roundup?

If we knew when that was, we could schedule around that.

Pixydish? are you out there?

How about the1 Pony? You should come over and get your big rock...

It's still waiting for you

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LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2010
4:09 AM

Post #7433305

I believe it is going to be the 3rd weekend of June in Kalispell, MT.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
2:34 PM

Post #7434292

Hey Lynn,, what are they rounding up?? Horse, mules, plants?? I will have to Google to find out.
I want to go to Mule days in Columbia, Tn. Guess what they got? ☺
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
3:06 PM

Post #7434428

Rocks? Gems? Oh, a mule round up. The one in Bishop, CA is really great (Mule Days).

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
3:19 PM

Post #7434485

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.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 6, 2010
3:44 PM

Post #7434570

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
3:47 PM

Post #7434579

My mom & dad lived in Independence, CA. There Fourth of July Celebration is to die for. : ) Maybe a better way of saying it is 'Something to really look forward to.'. : )
Okay, so what is in TN?

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #7434609

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.


http://www.muleday.net/

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valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
3:59 PM

Post #7434617

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
4:04 PM

Post #7434646

Beautiful...That's what I'm talking about.
I told you all, I love you... and I really do.
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 6, 2010
8:48 PM

Post #7435646

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.
PNWMountainGirl
(Sharon)SouthPrairie, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 6, 2010
9:27 PM

Post #7435787

Here is the link to our "roundup":

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1042646/

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 6, 2010
10:18 PM

Post #7435976

Very nice. Loved the eagle in the tree and the pictures were all beautiful.
Yes, I was completely confused when you said "roundup" Don't take much
to confuse me sometime- thanks ☺
irisloverdee
Lebanon, OR

January 7, 2010
3:21 AM

Post #7436867

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.

D
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 7, 2010
5:13 AM

Post #7437197

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2010
7:28 AM

Post #7437396

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.
Lynn
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2010
3:19 PM

Post #7437993

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?

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 7, 2010
3:32 PM

Post #7438048

NICE!!!!!!
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2010
6:19 PM

Post #7438693

If DH comes with us, we have a 35' motorhome, so someone can bunk with us.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 7, 2010
6:46 PM

Post #7438778

Tell DH he doesn't have a choice. He's being count in on this.
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 7, 2010
6:54 PM

Post #7438797

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?
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2010
3:37 AM

Post #7440468

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.
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2010
5:11 AM

Post #7440701

I'd be interested in going, depending on finances and timing. Pencil me in as a "maybe".
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2010
5:37 AM

Post #7440754

Maybe you could ride with me? (us?)
the1pony
(Pony) Lakewood, WA
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #7442660

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!
irisloverdee
Lebanon, OR

January 8, 2010
7:58 PM

Post #7442739

Going to be in West or East WA?

D
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2010
8:02 PM

Post #7442751

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.
irisloverdee
Lebanon, OR

January 8, 2010
8:05 PM

Post #7442758

Neither could I. Hope the nose gets fixed to your liking
D
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 8, 2010
8:14 PM

Post #7442787

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2010
8:15 PM

Post #7442791

He is a brave man. More fires in winter I think than Summer. Pray he stays safe.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 8, 2010
8:55 PM

Post #7442922

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.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 8, 2010
11:09 PM

Post #7443350

Diana, I just looked this up about the book 'Gem Trails of Oregon'. I will look further into it.
http://www.orerockon.com/dont buy Gem Trails.htm
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

January 9, 2010
1:51 AM

Post #7443907

"Gem Trails of..." - is a pretty good series of rock and gem collecting areas. I've got five or so, but nothing on the Northwest.
Soferdig
Kalispell, MT
(Zone 4b)

January 9, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7445859

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

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ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2010
7:36 PM

Post #7446108

Need a new thread!!! That was beautiful Steve.
Know it is a fun happening for all.
CreeksideFarm
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 9, 2010
7:47 PM

Post #7446153

Hi Soferdig,

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.

ridesredmule

ridesredmule
Barnesville (Charle, GA
(Zone 8b)

January 9, 2010
7:56 PM

Post #7446181

Sounds great. I wondered how they knew what was inside.
They must have a particular look to them. Someone knows.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

January 11, 2010
4:01 PM

Post #7451733

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

froggies_girl

froggies_girl
Ocean Springs, MS

January 11, 2010
7:54 PM

Post #7452507

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.
love, julie
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

January 11, 2010
9:37 PM

Post #7452876

RuthOlive, neither one of us is 83 and we do not like to travel by plane anymore. It is truly a major hassle.

I will be driving to the rock hunt because I am picking up several people on the way. Anyway at this moment, that is the plan.
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2010
10:32 PM

Post #7453042

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. : )
Lynn
valleylynn
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2010
10:39 PM

Post #7453064

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. : )
Lynn
jadajoy
Newport News, VA
(Zone 11)

January 11, 2010
10:44 PM

Post #7453076

Here is a new thread

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1068717/

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