Hello my fellow rockhounds, rockheads, and pebblepups of all stripes! This is Mac writing you from Rock Your World in beautiful Lincoln City Oregon.

 

We are right in the middle of the summer and, my dudes, I’m not gonna lie, it’s a nice one out here on the Oregon coast. It’s in the high sixties, sun is shining, and the wind is blowing.

Perhaps that might coax you out for the day, weekend, week, however you gotta do it. It’s great weather for packing a cooler and lounging on the beach, flying a kite, and taking a walk.

As you walk out along the beach at low tide, you’ll see some fantastic tide pools along the exposed bedrock. Maybe you find a neat small agate or jasper, perhaps a shell or two. But what you won’t find are the patches of gravel that we look for when we’re looking for the bigger lunkers. Where did they go? What happened?

The simple answer is that those gravel beds are covered over with seasonal sand deposits. In the summer, the ocean throws up sand on to the shore more than it moves it off. What this means for us is that we have more sand than agates available to find.

Don’t despair! Dedicated rockhounds know that there is always treasure to be found, so keep on looking!

Click for a video of the beach at low tide on 8/3/2019

Catch you on the flipside!