Hello all, It’s been a good two years since I’ve posted on here, but people keep coming to this site, which is great. I’ve directed a few hounders to good spots for Dallasite and Flowerstone while I’ve been gone.
Goodbye, Dallasite and Flowerstone – Vancouver Island rockhounding tips
With great sadness, I am leaving the land of Dallasite and Flowerstone (Vancouver Island). Real work, the non-rockhounding kind, has called me to the northern end of the continent in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. I am going to keep this blog up as a rockhounding resource for Vancouver Island, BC, and everything going well, Northwest Territories…
Mexican agates from Puerto Vallarta
My girlfriend and I just got back from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and like diligent rock hounders, we made sure to patrol the local beaches to check out what kind of rocks they’ve got down there.
Stormy night rockhounding
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.