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Old 06-12-2020, 06:28 PM   #11
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I've been through a few of those areas, and if you are at all interested in gems and minerals, there's the sunstone mining areas near Plush, and obsidian near Glass Butte. My son and I had a great time at both areas.





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Old 06-13-2020, 10:41 AM   #12
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I'm confused now. Were you able to open this link?.
It worked this time, thanks. I had intended to explore some of this area just prior to the lockdown, but instead chose to head home. Hopefully, I'll get back this fall, great report. Thanks again.
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Old 06-13-2020, 11:01 AM   #13
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Great pics. I love that part of the state.
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Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-13-2020, 12:25 PM   #15
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I've been through a few of those areas, and if you are at all interested in gems and minerals, there's the sunstone mining areas near Plush, and obsidian near Glass Butte. My son and I had a great time at both areas.
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My buddy did a trip to Plush with his family some years back and did the sunstone mining. He still talks about how much fun they had doing it.
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Old 06-13-2020, 01:22 PM   #16
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My buddy did a trip to Plush with his family some years back and did the sunstone mining. He still talks about how much fun they had doing it.

Some pics of a few of the sunstones we found, and after they were cut by an amateur gem cutter (who is a member here).





Here's a pic of the one on the left above, after it was cut:



Here's another cut one:



One with schiller




Another "before" pic



And "after"





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Some pics of a few of the sunstones we found, and after they were cut by an amateur gem cutter (who is a member here).

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Wow! Beautiful!
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Old 06-14-2020, 01:13 PM   #18
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This looks to have been a spectacular trip! And inspiring to try in my 2WD SMB. Our one visit to SE Oregon was on the way back from Yellowstone...we went southwest from Boise and made our way thru Burns and then south on 395. Our night camping south of Burns during a new moon was the absolute darkest sky we’ve ever experienced...enough to lay on the ground and fire up “Dark Side of the Moon”. Need to get back there!
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Just came back from there yesterday. We ended up a little deeper and went to 3 forks. It stormed hard saturday and the roads became "technically" impassable. Brutal getting out.


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^^^ exactly what my van looked like after getting stuck down in three forks. Amazing how slick that dirt gets out there isn’t it?

How was the flow? We’re you able to drive over and camp on the sandbar?
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