Friday, May 27, 2016

Info on Zone Campout



TO:                         1120 Rock Club                                                                  Raft River Rockhounds

                                High Country Rockhound Club                                    Shuswap Rock Club

                                Interlakes Rockhounders                                             Thompson Valley Rock Club

                                Penticton Geology & Lapidary Club                          Vernon Lapidary & Mineral Club

                                Princeton Rock & Fossil Club


FROM:                  Shuswap Rock Club


WHAT:                 You are invited to attend the INTERIOR ZONE CAMPOUT, hosted this year by the Shuswap Rock Club.


WHEN:                 June 17, 18, 19, 2016 (Friday to Sunday)


WHERE:               Chase Lion’s Club RV Park, Chase, B.C.

                                625 Mill Road

·         14 full service (power, water, septic) sites = $40.00/nite

·         Dry camping, tents/campers = $25.00/nite

·         Restrooms with showers (no charge)

·         Check-in = after 11:00 am; checkout = before 11:00 am

Reservations = Phone 250-679-8470 (please handle your reservations directly)


(See “Other Accommodations, at bottom”)


REGISTRATION:  Commencing 3:00 pm, Friday, June 17th.

                                Registration Fees:  $6.00 single, $8.00 family (includes 2 adults with or without

                                children, or single adult with children).


SCHEDULE:         Friday Night – hot dogs, starting 6:00 pm or so

                                Saturday Morning – field trips (locations to be determined)

                                Saturday Evening – pot luck dinner – 6:00 pm

-          Bring a dinner item, and your own plates & utensils

-          Coffee & tea proved by Shuswap Rock Club

-          Silent Auction – from late afternoon, closing after dinner (8:00 pm?)

Sunday Morning – Pancake Breakfast – 8:00 am



SILENT AUCTION:  Please bring a rock-related donation for the auction.



CONTACTS:         Pat Boden      (250-675-2849)   (

                                Lorne Morris (250-675-4461)   (


                                Please let one of us know if you plan to attend, so that we can order enough supplies.





The Lion’s Club RV Park is smallish and can fill up quickly, so make your reservation as soon as possible. 

There are two other dry camping possibilities in Chase should the Lion’s Park fill before you have the opportunity to book. No reservations required, just go ahead and park.

The two sites are:

1.       Chase Curling Club parking lot. (in the downtown area)

-          Asphalt covered. Only about 1 km from Lion’s Park.

-          Access is from Shuswap Avenue (the main street running through Chase), with a turn onto Wilson Street.

-           Parking lot is on the left, shortly after the turn onto Wilson.

-          Make a left turn off Shuswap, if coming from the east. Make a right turn off Shuswap, if coming from the west.


2.       Near Safety Mart grocery store.

-          A grassy area, with some picnic tables. 

-          About 2 km from Lion’s RV Park.

-          Access from Shuswap Avenue.  Turn left onto Brook Drive if coming from the east, or turn right onto Brooke Drive if coming from the west.

-          Proceed 250 – 300 metres and park on the grassy area to the right of the Safety Mart store.


For those who want to attend, but aren’t able to camp, there are two motels in Chase:

1.       CHASE COUNTY INN – 576 Coburn Street, Chase

-          21 rooms, single/double, with and without kitchenette

-          Phone: 250-679-3333 for prices and availability

-          Email:

-          Website:


2.       OVERLANDER MOTEL – 181 Shuswap Avenue, Chase

-          12 rooms

-          Phone:  250-679-8633 for prices and availability

-          Email:

-          Website:


We’re looking forward to a good turnout and a fun weekend.  See you there!




Shuswap Rock Club



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Seems there is always a spoiler when you go into the bush..........

Hope Slide, private quarry...

BCLS Rendezvous 2016 Hope B.C.

Sixteen Penticton Club Members enjoyed a busy weekend in Hope at Rendezvous. A little cool and damp, but lots of interesting things to see, and material to collect.

Thanks to the Abbostford Club for a well run event, "juicy roast beef" and a great pancake breakfast.

The Keynote speaker Friday night Geology Professor Dr. John Clague gave a most interesting talk, great slides, and he lead a field trip on Saturday.

Hope Slide:

Piece of the original Hope Princeton Highway - pre-slide.

Lunch Time

Club Display in Hope:

Visit to Yale:
One group panned for gold and garnets in Yale, some of us went for Nickel Silicate. The Yale Historic Site was well worth the price of admission. I was impressed by the number of artifacts - apparently they have lots more, with not enough room to display them,

Bucket Raffle:
Penticton Club members did well in the bucket raffle.


Penticton Library Club Display

Photos courtesy of Sharon Ewin.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Club Campout and Exploration Trip

Thank-you Jerome and Sandra for hosting a club campout and exploration adventure this weekend. Thanks also to Jason for always knowing exactly where we were, although his maps and images didn't tell him where the brush was over grown!

Tick count when I left was three on clothing, and one attached.

I rode in the lead vehicle, and a highlight of the trip was one huge black bear running away from us, and a mother brown bear and her cub in the middle of the road, mother eating, cub attached, unaware that we were there, but the sound of the truck going in to park so that the driver could take my camera was enough to scare them off.

Eleven club members were out on Saturday, with 9 camping and out the second day.

Sasquatch Rock

Not what we were looking for but stumbled upon a quarry.


When waiting to figure out which way to go, there are always wildflowers to photograph.

Monday, May 2, 2016

BCLS Scholarship

Do you have a child or grandchild heading for Post-Secondary education? Check out the eligibility criteria and application for scholarship on the BCLS website.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tick Alert

Posted on BC Rockhunter today - group camping up Saccum Creek FSR this weekend had great finds, but more ticks than they have seen before. One rockhound had 10 on himself in 2 days.