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Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:25:46 PM »

Gettin' bitten (by flying rocks that you've whacked with a hammer) is pretty common around here but I seem to be a gifted practitioner, I'm damn good at it.  Packlithic and I went down this piece of stream up in the mountains on our yearly trip to the spot and were stunned by the massive amount of scouring and channel-changing done by the floods last winter.  The usual jasper was hiding but I saw about 100 pieces of jade and about 5000 pieces of bizarre  serpentine.  We might have gotten some decent jade - we'll see when we cut it. But we had a great time, as usual.
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 07:27:29 PM »

The second shot is an underwater camera shot of a piece of jade.  The bright green piece I'm holding is fuschite - very bright green and fun to see but totally uncuttable due to the softness.  We even found a little bit of gold in quartz! 
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 09:13:56 PM »

SWEET!
One of these years I'd love to go exploring creeks with you! 
If I ever get up there again during a decent time of the year....
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 02:55:12 AM »

Great to see you out and about, despite of the bites.... :)
Admire you folks beeing able to recognize all that material.
I would likely pick up all the wrong things and leave the intended stuff behind. :)
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 07:00:34 AM »

Geez, Frank, maybe you need to get some shin guards or something!   :toothy10:

Great pictures - thanks for sharing the beauty of your world!
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 08:36:17 AM »

Hope you find /found some great Jade Frank!!! time to start wearing soccer shin guards :-)

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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 03:49:07 PM »

So it was worse being bitten!Nice area you live in! Hope to see your lucky find!
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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2017, 07:57:07 PM »

damn frank!!!
I think you need to wear some bullet proof leggings (or pants) or join a 12 step program for creek wanderers looking for purty rocks


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Re: Bitten to the bone by the jade bug!
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2017, 09:12:03 PM »

Stupid or stubborn I have never bothered worrying about the flying chips except for my eyes, I wear special hard lenses. I just ordered a pair of water shoes that canyoneers use. They have drain holes and special rubber soles that get a good grip on algae covered rocks. It is called c4 and is the stickiest climbing shoe rubber that I know of.Strangely sticky rubber gets stickier as the temperature gets near freezing. As a result most of the most extreme rock climbs in the us are done at around 40 degree temps. The cold water will not diminish the shoes effectiveness.
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