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Posts Tagged ‘beach agate collecting’

Roads End

Posted by Jody on July 5, 2012


Here’s to finding agates and “hidden beaches” on the Oregon Coast! What could be more fun for beach lovers? Greg and I will be heading to the Oregon Coast in October, and Roads End will definitely be on our list. Thanks for the great tips, Oregon Coasty!

Originally posted on oregoncoasty:

The beaches of Lincoln City are frequently punctuated by access points. There is one access point that is so far north they call it Roads End. Well, they call it Roads End State Recreation Site, to be entirely truthful. 

I’m not sure about the particulars, but the area known as Roads End isn’t exactly part of Lincoln City. The houses in the area are something like 75% vacation rentals, which is a shame in my opinion, as it could be a thriving beach loving community otherwise.

If you are coming to the Oregon Coast to hunt agates, this beach is a must. The agate beds were out far into the spring this year, and come back in the winter every year. However, if you don’t like company you might consider a different beach. Those, 75% vacation rentals are filled with vacationers who go to the beach 100% of the time it seems.

I saw eight other dogs…

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Simply Decorate with Beach Treasures

Posted by Jody on February 23, 2012

You may have been to many beaches without bringing home any treasured seashells.  Me too!  Sometimes there just aren’t any seashells to be found.  Other times the seashells that are sparsely scattered about the beach are only broken bits of their former glory.

No seashells? No problem!  Just bring home the real estate!  We have found some beautiful beaches made up of tiny black pebbles (Yachats, Oregon comes to mind). Other beaches, especially along Northern California’s coast,  are streaked with rivers of colorful, tumbled agates. These lovely beach treasures can become a striking display when you get them back home.

Simply Decorate With Beach Treasures! Northern California Beach Agates on Display

Tiny fragments of seashells or coral can easily be substituted for these multicolored agates. With or without a candle, this is a striking decoration. As you can see below, we have our candle dish of agates displayed right next to a pitcher full of sea tumbled glass, ceramic, and seashells we found at Fort Bragg, California many, many moons ago.

Sea Glass and Beach Agates. A Lovely Combination.

There’s something very zen about running your fingers through a bowl full of tiny, smooth beach agates.  Beautiful colors and shapes just keep rising to the top. Try it. You’ll like it! ;-)

How do you decorate with beach treasures?  We’d love for you to share your ideas and photos with us. You can send  your photos to, and we’ll happily show them off for you!

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South Arizona Telephone Cove, Lake Mohave, Arizona (Lake Mead National Recreation Area)

Posted by Jody on December 2, 2011

Shhhhhhh. We have a really great secret that we are going to share with you.  The Lake Mead National Recreation Area doesn’t tell you on their website or in their general park information that there is an awesome swimming beach near the Katherine Landing entrance station. The National Recreation Area’s park newspaper only lists Boulder Beach on Lake Mead (northwest of Hoover Dam) and Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave (east of Searchlight, Nevada) as designated swimming beach areas.  But, have we got a super Friday Find for you!

We stumbled upon an awesome surprise beach while on a roundabout drive home to Albuquerque from Las Vegas, Nevada. Heading into the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) at the Katherine Landing entrance station in Arizona, we had no idea what we’d find.  Passing by the Arizona Telephone Cove sign, we started our “explore” at Princess Cove, the farthest mapped point of interest from the park entrance.  Doubling back to Cabinsite Point and then on to North Arizona Telephone Cove we certainly found the many boat launches and plenty of scenic, shaded picnic areas set aside for park visitors. There was something that caught our eye, though. In the distance, the vague outline of a white, sandy-looking crescent was visible from our North Telephone Cove vantage point.  What exactly were we seeing, we wondered?

South Telephone Cove, Lake Mead NRA, Arizona (©Jody Diehl)

When we reached South Arizona Telephone Cove we couldn’t believe our good fortune! We found ourselves at the end of a dirt road, approaching a paved parking lot. We had found an absolutely gorgeous beach in a truly beautiful setting, complete with a roped off swimming area. “South Telephone Cove” has plenty of sandy shoreline, clear placid water, amazing Arizona desert views, and solitude.

View from the Beach, South Telephone Cove, Lake Mead NRA, Arizona (©Jody Diehl)

The sand along South Telephone Cove‘s shoreline ranges from sugar white (closer to the dunes) to pebbly areas perfect for beach rockhounding.  *You will want to wear your beach trekkers to protect your feet from the sharper pieces of rock.* It will be hard to decide whether to look down for the beautifully colored stones,  look up at the gorgeous scenery, or just look across the serene water for boats crossing beyond the cove.

What will you find beach rockhounding at South Telephone Cove, Arizona? (©Jody Diehl)

This area comes complete with shaded picnic tables and restrooms.  No lifeguards are on duty here, so be sure to follow the posted safety advice.

We cannot wait to head back to South Arizona Telephone Cove on a warm, sunny day! Even on a cool, overcast afternoon we had an absolutely splendid time at the beach.

This Way to the Beach!

Take the scenic route and enjoy the ride!

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A True Beach Treasure: The Lake Superior Agate

Posted by Jody on September 22, 2011

Lake Superior Agate, cut and polished – Minnesota (Photo by Astynax/Wikipedia Commons)

Minnesota’s State Gem is the Lake Superior agate.  These beautiful red, orange, yellow, white and grey gemstones are generously spread throughout northeastern and north-central Minnesota.  According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:“The agate reflects many aspects of Minnesota. It was formed during lava eruptions that occurred in our state about a billion years ago. The stone’s predominant red color comes from iron, the major industrial mineral in our state. Finally, the widely distributed agate reveals the impact of glacial movement across Minnesota a mere 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.”  The Lake Superior agate can be found in virtually any exposed gravel or pebbly area throughout the state.  Minnesota’s rocky North Shore beaches of Lake Superior are especially good hunting grounds for agate hounds.

Polished Lake Superior Agate – Minnesota (Photo by Diana Stein/Wikimedia Commons)

What a perfect beachcombing find! It’s a lake shore discovery you can display, or with some polishing, wear as unique jewelry.  These richly colored Lake Superior agates can be found on the shoreline as far north as Lake Superior’s Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada.  They can also be found on the pebbly South Shore beaches of extreme northwestern Wisconsin and on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

It can be a  bit tricky to spot the Lake Superior agates in their natural setting. The State of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources offers many tips and clues for finding and identifying the official state gem. “Agate Hounds”, a very good full-color brochure on the joys of Lake Superior agate hunting, is available for “young naturalists,” though it has helpful  information for agate hounds of all ages.  Be sure to check it out on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

Additionally, Digging into Minnesota Minerals  includes sections on  the geologic history of the Lake Superior agate, distribution and clues to finding the state gemstone.

Happy beachcombing!  Have a gem of a day! -J-

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Oceanside Beach, Oregon – Thanks for the Memories!

Posted by Jody on September 16, 2011

When our daughter Kristie attended a conference in Portland, Oregon, I tagged along to play with the grandkids while she attended the sessions.  The breathtaking beaches of the Pacific Northwest Coast are less than a two hour scenic drive from Portland.  So, with only an hour and a half drive to Tillamook, plus a few more minutes to get to Oceanside Beach, we had our day planned.

Beach View of Oceanside, Oregon (Photo by Squelle, from Wikimedia Commons)

Even though I had been to the Oregon Coast on many occasions, I had never been to Oceanside Beach.   We pinpointed the little hamlet on a map, since it is very near the Tillamook Cheese Factory.  So, after enjoying the terrific self-guided tour of this wonderful world of cheese and eating our three course lunch of squeaky cheese (cheese curds), cheese chunks and grilled cheese sandwiches, we packed the kids back into the car and headed for the coast.

Photo ©Jody Diehl

Oceanside, Oregon (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

This was an exciting day!  My grandson Liam, who was 2 ½ years old at the time, had never been to the seashore before. I couldn’t wait for him to dip his toes into the Pacific Ocean! He was so excited when he hit the sand and was soon picking up pieces of broken seashells (He’s a natural!). He was pretty amazed at the expanse of the Pacific and tentatively approached the water.  After some encouragement Liam did indeed touch the ocean. WoooHooo! Oona was there too, but she slept through the seaside excitement, as only a 6 month old could!

The beach at Oceanside, Oregon is long and wide with good, clean castle-building sand.  We didn’t find many take home beach treasures that day, but I hear that the beach is wonderful for agate hunting during the winter, when the ocean currents take sand away.  During the summer it’s great for picnicking, windsurfing, surfing, and exploring the tidepools.

We didn’t come away from beautiful Oceanside Beach, Oregon with a bucket of seashells, but we did take home some very treasured memories!

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Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County, California

Posted by Jody on August 30, 2011

Redwood National Park (Photo: NPS, from Wikimedia Commons)

With 100 miles of stunningly spectacular Northern California coastline, “California’s Redwood Coast”  was able to select the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County.  Humboldt County, home to the world-renowned California Redwoods, is located about 225 miles north of San Francisco. Many of the beaches on the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County list are part of the Humboldt County Parks system.  Be warned:  “Because of lack of financial resources, Humboldt County park facilities are considered to be more primitive than facilities managed by other agencies.” You may want to check for specific park facilities before you head for any of the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County!

Little River State Beach joins with Clam Beach County Park to the south.  Farther to the south connecting to Clam Beach County Park is Mad River County Park.  All three of these beaches made the list of Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County. And all three beaches connect with a continuous ocean frontage of sand and coastal dunes.

The Mouth of Little River (Photo by Greg Kidd, from Wikimedia Commons)

Little River State Beach, with it’s wide sandy shoreline, is bordered on the north by the Little River which itself offers swimming and kayaking. Surfing and swimming are popular attractions at Little River State Beach.

Clam Beach County Park, one of the largest beaches in Humboldt County, allows camping right on the beach with its lengthy, broad stretch of flat shoreline. Clam Beach has the distinction of being awarded a Times-Standard (Eureka, California) “2009 Readers Choice Award” for being the best beach on the North Coast. Beachcombing, horseback riding and surfing are all popular activities here.

Mad River County Park is a popular spot for picnicking and beachcombing.  Here there is a boat ramp into the Mad River which is just right for paddling canoes or kayaking.

Location of Humboldt County, California (Map by David Benbennick, from Wikimedia Commons)

Agate Beach is located in Patrick’s Point State Park.  Semi-precious surf tumbled agates and more precious jade & moonstone can be found while beachcombing here. You might even find a fishing float on Agate Beach amongst the stones, shells and driftwood.

Centerville Beach County Park, with its nine mile stretch of shoreline, is the perfect beach for bird watchers.  Cormorants, sandpipers, gulls and pelicans are plentiful.  Watching harbor seals is a favorite activity too.

Rounding out the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County are Trinidad State Beach, Luffenholtz County Park, Gold Bluffs Beach Campground, Samoa Dunes County Park, and Black Sands Beach.

Be sure to check out all of the Top Ten Beaches of Humboldt County  beach links for additional access & safety information, and directions.

You’ll also want to have a look at the California National Monument Brochure -Trinidad Gateway. It’s both informative and beautiful.

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