So where is the reservoir bed. I noticed there is a lot of areas on this forum mentioned but not too specific. I also noticed there are a lot of members from all over. It would be fun to know where these are, because like me most of us probably don't have a clue where people are talking about when they use pet names??? Or is it just me?
A nearest city and state would be helpful.
(I shamelessly make up location names for my material because to my knowledge none of it is 'officially' documented or named.)
I would love nothing more than to drag all of you out for a grand T-egg adventure to the beds I have access to, but alas it is not to be. Private property, no public access, so I am deliberately vague with my location information. I apologize for that. I am trying to at least get permission to sell thunder eggs on line from these places but I don't have that yet either. Lawyers, liability insurance and land leases are to blame and my bosses have to navigate a lot of different layers of land use policy as it is; none of them want to tackle rockhounding in addition. I have access because I work for the organization that owns this land and I have a track record for respectful low-impact use and that's about all I can say.
However, there are lots and lots of other local public-access areas! Look up Donnybrook, Dutch Donny, Friend Ranch, Richardson's, Cougar Trap, etc. This website is great: https://thundereggs.jimdo.com/north-america/oregon/ashwood-area/
or just go to Richardson's, just outside Madras. They've been in the local t-egg business for a few generations now and have great beds of their own, as well as imported eggs from other sources. This summer's Prineville and Madras rock shows will probably have field trips to otherwise closed private property digs. Every cattle ranch south of Shaniko probably has an egg bed around it somewhere. The Ashwood road cuts through multiple egg beds. There's more in the Ochocos and Warm Springs is full of them.
I'm sorry I can't share more than pictures, but please do visit central Oregon sometime and see what great material it has to offer! If you stop by Donnybrook/Dutch Donny, you're already in my back yard. :)