Friday, December 30, 2022

More interest in the club.......

There has been a flurry of interest in a rock club on Facebook in Oliver in recent days. I have about 20 names, including a geologist who have shown interest. I have asked that people expressing interest on Facebook send an e-mail to the club, so we can contact them as soon as we are ready to get things going.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Congratulations Katherine

We missed you at the campout, but I'm pleased that you were there to receive your awards. Best in Class, and Best in Show!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sunday October 2nd - Petrified Wood

Four members went to the usual site for petrified wood - we all found something, but Luis took it to another level, and we watched.

Luis Today
Jerry - same spot 2015

October 1st on the Tulameen and Similkameen

Five at the Campground, and four day trippers. Best dressed - Luis and Selena with their matching camo waders. Thanks to Morley for some gold panning lessons - he took home a few flakes.

Club members Sam, Luis, Selena, Morley and Susan welcomed new members Jennifer, Marianne, Jodie, and one guest.

Finds of the day - first agate - Jennifer - not rounded at all, so a freshly travelled one.

Luis found 3 agates.

Against one of the supports of the foot bridge.

This is a beauty - but big. Jodie packed it all the way back to the car.

Three members checked out a couple of fossil sites after, We each found something, and Luis got a volcanic boulder for the garden.

Massive amounts of material were moved during the Atmospheric River in November.

Fossil on coal with a touch of amber.

This was a fairly plain looking rock, with a small hole indicating crystals. The vote was smash, don't wait to cut.

Toyota, a rock hounder favourite.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Field Trips and Campout

Friday Sept 30th to Sunday Oct 2nd - campout at Riverhaven RV Park. Make your own reservations. 

If you wish to join us for a day trip, we will meet at the Princeton A & W at 10:00 am.Saturday. TBA Sunday .Please let us know if you are coming. You can e-mail the club e-mail the night before, and we will give you a cell number to call in the morning if you are on the road and a little late.

Samples from confluence of Tulameen and Similkameen this week.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Campout and Field Trips

Camping at Riverhaven RV park 20 minutes east of Princeton. Full Hook-up RV sites, tent sites and motel roooms. Sept. 30, Oct 1&2

Details about time and meeting place for day trippers TBA.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Kelowna 1120 Club - Invitation from Rob

Rob Webster, a member of our club, is also a member of the Kelowna club and regularly attends their meetings. He has extended the following invitation to our club members to attend and upcoming Kelowna meeting.

The date, September 28th may conflict with our camping trip, although that is not firmed up until we get more response from those interested in going.

"Any members of the Penticton geology and lapidary club wishing to attend are cordially invited to the next meeting of the 1120 Rock club, KelownaI discussed this item with 1120 club leadership, can you please post this to the Penticton club website, thank you 


    Place: Kelowna seniors center 1353 Richter St Kelowna B.C. corner of Richter and Fuller Ave.

     Date: Wed Sept 28th

     Time: Meeting starts @ 7:00 PM sharp, arrivals start @ 6:30 for set up and socializing.


Meetings are always lively and well attended, usually 25 to 30 people of all ages.

Business portion of the meeting usually lasts 10 minutes followed by show and tell and a draw, then a presentation

All participants are encouraged to bring 1 item for the draw.

An interesting presentation starts at 8 PM, this months’ subject to be announced

There is usually at least one geologist on hand to answer questions or identify specimens.

Buy, sell and trade is permitted at the meetings though not a focus.


Heading north, cross the bridge then turn left on Harvey Ave, go 8 blocks, turn right on Fuller Ave, the parking lot is behind the venue.


See you there and bring your rocks!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday September 11th - Outing in Osoyoos

Fear not Luis, we did not find your secret agate spot - we found lots of colourful rock, but no agate.

Get well soon Luis and Selena.

The lake was warm, one member went for a swim. A very low turnout - Duane, Katherine and Sam welcomed new member Jennifer.

Jennifer is enthusiastic, has a geology background, and good online researching skills for field trips.

The door/attendance prize draws were awarded to Jennifer and Katherine. These trays are part of a donation to the club. There are more trays for future events.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Sept. 11th Gathering and Update - Cool Door Prize Rock


Penticton/South Okanagan Rockhounds

Gathering Sunday September 11th, 2022 – Lions Park, Osoyoos, B.C.

You are invited to join us at the north end of the park around 3:00pm.

(Weekend after Labour Day, and Weekend before the Rock Creek Fall Fair)

We will be looking for agates along the lakeshore, and there will be a draw for some “door” prizes around 4:00pm.

Considering the lack of club activity in 2022, your 2022 membership will carry forward to the end of December 2023.

Please bring your own chair, food, and water shoes.

Please bring your calendar and ideas – we will be discussing future field trips, and recruiting members interested in participating as a director, to help with the running of the club.

We would like to develop a calendar of events. At this time:

September 11th – Osoyoos Lions Park

September 29th-October 1st – Camping weekend in the Princeton area with meet up times for members wishing to go for Day trips.

April 12-14, 2023 BCLS Gem Show - Chilliwack

June 9 - 11, 2023 – BCLS Rendezvous – Quesnel  (update on date)

Monday, August 22, 2022

Tailgate and Future of the Club Discussion

It was a nice day at Pine Park in Keremeos Sunday - many members increased their collection with sale tables from Morley, the Club, and a great selection of spectacular product by Rob and Eileen.

The consensus of the group was go keep the group going with a focus on field trips, and meetings coinciding with fun activities. Only one club member put his name forward to be a director. A group of the tired regulars agreed to help organize some upcoming events, and reach out to prospective new members.

Some members entered the river after the gathering.

Info will be coming on a proposed agate in Osoyoos Lake gathering Sept 11th, and a possible camping/day trip in the Princeton area at the end of September.

 Thank-you Rob and Eileen for bringing an elaborate display to the Tailgate in Keremeos Sunday.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

KVR Princeton to Brookmere by Bike | Assessing the Damage (BC, Similkameen)

I didn't watch the whole thing, but you can sure see how much devastation there is on the trail starting at the bridge over the Tulameen.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Tick Repellent

Last year I read that spraying one's boots with Listerine was a good tick repellent. Today I read that Rosemary is good for Ticks, and basil for mosquitos. Next outing in tick country just might have Rosemary twigs taped around my ankles!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Rendezvous 2022 Coombs

Five club members attended Rendezvous in Coombs. Three members attended the BCLS AGM.

Lot of photos below - I may add more words as I have time. Great event.

BCLS Rendezvous Coombs Part 6

Event was great, weather was a little on the wet side, lots of interesting rock - thanks to the Rendezvous 2022 team.

Several good workshops including this one making stone bowls.

Outdoor BCLS AGM in a calm moment between wind gusts that picked up the tents.

Rendezvous Team Leader Cynthia with BCLS President Andrew, and Retiring Executive Secretary Georgina.

BCLS President  Andrew with BCLS Treasurer Craig

Just around the corner from the venue.