I woke up early yesterday with only a few hours of sleep. It’s summer in British Columbia and the sun’s up before 6am and it’s hot not long after, so I decided to make the most of the morning and go down to my favourite local beach for some rockhounding.
I’m after Dallasite (a jasper breccia found only on Vancouver Island) and Flowerstone (a porphyry also found only on Vancouver Island) primarily, but there are lots of pretty rocks to get into here.
Also of interest are vesicular opal pieces and a banded green rock I have yet to identify, but I believe is serpentine.
I’ve got trucker’s arm already this summer – my left arm kills me to be in the sun, so I tried to spend much of this trip in the shade or out of direct sunlight.
Until next time! I’ve just made my first visit to the Nanaimo River – more inland rockhounding to come.