Storms are one of my favourite things in the world. I love being just hidden in safety from pouring rain and wind. I’ve been meaning to do some night rockhounding and these days that’s when the tide is lowest.
A visit to Dallas Road, the birthplace of Dallasite
Well, not the birthplace, but the place it was first discovered and after which it was named. Dallas Road is in Victoria on the south end of Vancouver Island. My girlfriend and I had a kitten-delivery trip to Victoria this weekend and made sure we stopped for a quick rockhound before the 5pm darkness.
Rockhounding: Things I’ve learned as a beginner
Through the course of rockhounding, I’ve learned a few things about rocks. I went from total novice to now having a decent understanding at least of some of the rocks that surround me.
Rainy day hounding on Vancouver Island
It’s officially wet season on Vancouver Island and I managed to get a couple good trips in to my favourite rockhounding locations.
North Island Flowerstone hunting
I work at an auto shop part time. My favourite part of the job is delivering cars and auto parts to far-away locations. This time I got to deliver an auto part to north Vancouver Island, past Comox, which was a great excuse to rockhound in a new spot.
Desire to landscape with rocks, rockhound trip to Squamish river/spit
I took a trip to the spit area in Squamish, where high tide still affects the mouth of the river area. There’s a gravel bar that’s easy to access and I love all the beautiful quartz that washes up. I picked up a few big pieces, I just need places to put them!
Tumbling away, short hound at the beach, defining “high grade”
Our special British Columbian rocks have been travelling all over the United States lately, and between that and my own tumbling, I felt justified doing a quick rockhound on the weekend.
Dallasite and Flowerstone slabs
It’s been rainy here on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. That and working has impacted my ability to take good pictures. So here are some not so great pictures of slabs I got from Tommy Lay.
Dallasite, inside and out
Here’s what Dallasite, our lovely British Columbian jasper of green, white and black, looks like rough on the outside and then cut up to reveal the inside. That’s all for today. These pictures and rock are thanks to Tommy Lay, who was generous enough to slab and cab some Dallasite for me.
Dallasite and Flowerstone cabochons and slabs
I received an early Christmas present from Tommy Lay, this fantastic lapidarist I connected with on a rock tumbling website. He was ridiculously generous. I opened the box with my mom and grandma and we were all oohing over every piece. I had inquired about getting some of my Dallasite and Flowerstone cabbed and slabbed…