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.

Opening the rock tumblers is like Christmas!

Opening the rock tumblers is always like Christmas. I waited almost a full two weeks to pop these three barrels and let my old rocks see the light of day.

The two Dallasite loads in my Lortone QT66 went amazingly! I was super impressed with how smooth and fracture-free these rocks came out. More time, good assortment of rock sizes and bigger barrels is the magic formula for me so far.

Dallasite rockhounding video

I stuck a GoPro on my head on a recent kayak trip to a local Vancouver Island beach.

My girlfriend and I hunted for Dallasite while the dogs swam, puked and played on the beach. There’s a giant Flowerstone we found on the beach near here that we will come back to later to haul home and put in her garden. We’ll have to put it in the kayak and transport it to a beach with easier access. It’s probably over 80 lbs. 

Agate, Jasper, Chalcedony, Chert – How to tell the difference

The difference between agate, jasper, chalcedony and chert is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for people getting into the hobby of rockhounding or mineral collecting.

I know because I was tripping over it for months, and I’ve seen other people struggle with it as well. The truth is, even the best rock identifiers can’t always be sure. That’s the thing about rocks – they’re a bunch of stuff mixed together. The same rock could have agate banding with a jasper body and druzy quartz cavities.