Late summer beach hounding

Between sending some rocks away and tumbling, I’ve actually managed to reduce my stockpile a little bit, unfortunately forcing me to rockhound more.

I went to a local Vancouver Island beach for Dallasite and Flowerstone again, though I found much of the former and little of the latter.

I didn't actually park this fat away.

I didn’t actually park this far away.

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Both rocks look great to me in rough form. The beaches are plentiful – I bet you could hound the same beach your whole life and always have enough stones to work with. It was hot and I found a bunch of small chunks of Dallasite.

Dallasite

Dallasite

Dallasite

Dallasite jasper

Dallasite jasper

Dallasite

How can you resist that? Like a fancy little turtle hiding in the sand.

How can you resist that? Like a fancy little turtle hiding in the sand.

There's the last piece out of the ground.

There’s the last piece out of the ground.

I'm worried my fingers look fat in this picture.

I’m worried my fingers look fat in this picture.

Dallasite and other beach rocks, mostly tumble sized.

Dallasite and other beach rocks, mostly tumble sized.

On the way home, I decided on a whim to check out another beach. This beach was all boulders. In about 10 minutes I had more Dallasite and Flowerstone than I accumulated in 45 minutes at the previous beach. Boulder beaches are the way to go for hitting your weight quota, but tumble-sized pieces are better for my purposes.

Bad lighting in these pics but these are some boulders of Dallasite and Flowerstone.

Bad lighting in these pics but these are some boulders of Dallasite and Flowerstone.

That big Dallasite chunk on the right with all the zig zagging is a really nice one.

That big Dallasite chunk on the right with all the zig zagging is a really nice one.

Rockhounding’s too easy here. If I want to spend more than an hour, I’m asking for a real workout.

Until next time, I end with a picture of a rock I still haven’t really identified. I like these guys though. Pretty soft for tumbling.

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