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Justin
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« on: March 16, 2015, 06:11:24 pm »

I've been lucky enough to get an awesome job in Olympia and I am moving to Washington next month! While I have been assured that there are many new rock hounding opportunities for me up there I have to give up the ones I have come to know in Humboldt County.

So, I made a trip today out to one of my favorite beaches. This one has special significance because it is where I my rockhounding career started, and it is also where I scattered my Mother's ashes.

The day was great. I did not get many rocks, but I got to enjoy it one last time, and I scrambled up the peak at the north end (location hint!) to snap some good pictures.

The rocks that I did get were some nice beach agates, as well as a piece of what looks like brecciated wood. The other really cool thing that I go to see were baby mussels (I think growing on the rocks).


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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 08:42:55 pm »

Great beach and nice stones. Get your beach agates down south as they are much more rare up here but the jade and jasper make up for it. A warning though - Olympia has mud beaches.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 09:18:11 pm »

Thanks Frank. That was pretty much my last shot at beach agates. It's okay. I have a large fish bowl full of them. As much as I like beach agates, I have come to prefer the larger breccciated jaspers of the rivers. What you see there is about one hours worth of searching compared to the truckload of jasper I would have gotten from an hour at the Van Duzen. Another place I will miss.
I did spend a few days in Olympia after the job interview, and saw that the beaches were mud. I figure it's kind of equivalent. The beach closet to Eureka has no good stones. I had to drive almost an hour to get to the beach you see in the photos. I'm guessing it's the same up there. Drive about an hour to the ocean.

I'm looking forward to meeting up with you, when I get settled. I can hike a ways for jasper so I'm game for whatever you are willing to show me. Jade and Jasper definitely appeal to me.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 07:43:09 am »

 This will be an early year for visiting Mt. Rainer. You are quite close  and the access by car to  pretty far up the mountain is easy and safe. The wild flowers in mid to late summer stunning and as the talus fields melt off in late summer you can hike quite high without the danger of going on glaciers or snowfields. The last 4, 000 feet or so of the mountain is technical climbing and there is a guide service with equipment rental but it is  a serious place where many people have been killed in crevasse falls, avalanches , rock falls and plain old being buried in their tents when many feet of snow fall in a night. That place puts people in their place. Hood canal area first possibly , all according to the precipitation as the roads along the canal ( actually a fiord ) are under water many times a year. Good to have some new blood up here soon.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2015, 06:22:51 pm »

Thanks for sharing your photos!
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