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Old 08-23-2012, 09:16 AM   #15
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Thomas,

As to Crater Lake, it may be the time of the year, we were there in July and saw no mosquitos while exploring the lake and park area. We did see some at the campground at night, though nothing overwhelming. It has been a particularly dry year in the west and that may be the reason.

I made a mistake in my last posting, there is a campground in Crater at the south entrance run by concessioners. The west entrance has a number of Forest Service campgrounds.

As to Craters of the Moon this is a unique spot. It is particularly worth while to take Ranger walks. There's a 52 mile long rift in the earth here where the lava came out, very unusual and lave tube caves to explore. Bring a walking stick and good shoes.
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Rainbow obsidian?
Without holding a piece in my hand, I think I'd aim more towards a "welded tuff". The pock marks on that make me think that. The surface was fused together by the intense heat of a pyroclastic eruption. Rainbow obsidian is, in general, a solid hunk of glass that has a rainbow sheen to it.

BTW... that 101 Geo Places book is VERY good. We picked up a copy of it this summer in a rock shop in Two Harbors, MN. Not surprisingly, I've been to a pretty high percentage of the places! Then again, I'm a geologist by training and both my wife and I are both hard-core rockhounds.

And a further BTW... Craters of the Moon should really be considered an "active" zone of eruption. The last flow was around 2,000 years ago. In the geologic scheme of things that was about 15 minutes ago!
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Active Zone

At a talk last night they talked about Craters as an active zone. If I were redoing my life it would study geology.

You may have picked up that we're headed to the Ruby Mountains for a wedding of two geologists. The wedding is down one of the Ruby's forst service roads where we'll be camping for 3 days. Appropriately the wedding reception features a pig roast and attire is jeans and hiking boots.

I am buying the book. Going to see if it's Nookable...
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I am working with the Trails, Tales, Tunes [google it] committee to try to organize an egg rally at the KOA for next May during the festival. As soon as I have anything definite I will post it here.
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Ruby mountains, eh? Check for garnets in the stream beds!
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Garnets for sure!

Gary,

The wedding couple own a home on a creek in Lamoille, NV. He's picked up a nice size Garnet from the creek though his home; he's gone 6 of 8 weeks every 2 months looking for gold in Chile for a large company.

His wife to be spent the summer doing the same thing in Alaska for another company.

Hope their marriage is and isn't Rocky......

At Craters a lot of the lava had a bright blue, shiny surface coating. Do you know what causes this?

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Crater Fact for the Day

Craters of the Moon is larger than Rhode Island and has a rift fault that is 52 miles long..... lava, in the pass came up thru the rift as well as thru some 60 cinder cones.

The thing that surprised me the most was that in Moose frequent the park.
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At Craters a lot of the lava had a bright blue, shiny surface coating. Do you know what causes this?

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My guess is that it's a micro-metre thick glassy coating (that aforementioned "fused" tuff). It's not really blue...just an optical artifact. Think of it like an oil sheen on the surface of water. The oil isn't coloured, it just looks that way.
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Newfie Rally

You may want to attempt to get the maileing list from the people who run the "lower" maritimes rally in July. I was surprised by the number who had not visited Newfoundland.
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For those interested in Newfoundland. I should also say that May-July is prime iceberg time in Newfoundland.


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Gary,

Attached is a picture of piece of the blue coated stone; there is square miles of it in Crater. It looks like a surface chemical reaction since it does not go thru the surface very far. It looks like a blue mascara. Your can double click the picture to get a bigger view.

Also is a picture of our campsite in Crater...high on a windy hill. The fridge did not like it and would not keep running until nightfall when the winds abating. Though we were at between 5-6000 feet the fridge worked well when the win d stopped.

Night fall was about as dark as I've seen in a long while. The nearest towns are more than 25 miles aways and both less than 1000 people.

Speaking of the wonders of geology, today we're in Twin Falls, ID and have learned about the geology of the Snake River gorge...anothr amazing story.
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Here is a photo of the night sky I took at Craters of the Moon last year, and a moonrise from this year's visit.
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Great Picture Jon, more rocks

Great picture, absolutely love the night sky. It was so smoky last night that the moon was a deep orange, very eerie but not with the brilliance of your picture.

More rocks, when camped on the Salmon River we went into Salmon to attend the Sacajewea Festival, held since she was born in the area.

At the festival, among other events, a man and his son were chipping arrowheads and spear points from obsidian. I was wishing I had some. Today I got out of the Honda to disconnect the trailer and my site's s ian stone base had half dollar obsidian chips all over the place. Lucky me.

The Sacajewea Festival had another interesting event. Their were about 20 booths with dutch oven cookers, each booth cooking about 2 dishes. When you entered the area you bought 6 tickets for $5. You used the tickets to get food, typically a ticket an item. Clever and good event with all kinds of different dishes not to mention the country music band playing in the background.
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I've asked my buddies on the Rockhound's Group for a reading on this.
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