When Franniemarie (Blood Fiction) walks into SMOKIN’ JOANS tobacco and rock shop she becomes reunited with Joan Hilton her best friend from high school. A good portion of Joan’s shop . . . “is filled floor to ceiling with rocks, polished rocks, cut rocks, carved rocks and fossils.” All of them found on the beautiful Oregon !coast. Franniemarie is soon combing the beach, discovering herself as well as magnificent agates in an array of blues, greens reds and more.
Below are some tips to get you started as a rock hound.
Safety is important while on the Oregon coast. Even though you may be occupied by your search, learn to also remain vigilant and don't turn your back to the ocean. Sneaker waves could creep up on you, so remain alert while also scouring the rock beds for treasures.
2. Keep focused on the task
It’s easy to allow your curiosity make you ignore what’s in front of you while you scan the horizon. Patiently assess the rocks underfoot and you will be shocked to discover that those special rocks are within reach.
3. Find beaches with exposed beds
Beds of rocks and agates are available on some Oregon coastlines all year-round. They are not always visible because they may be covered by sand. Only strong winds and waves will uncover these treasures so you can't predict when this will happen. Look out for areas that are known to have these beds of rocks.
4. Hunt the outgoing tide
Going to the beach during an outgoing tide is a safe practice. Outgoing tides are beneficial to rock hunters because the rock beds would have been uncovered making the special ones easier to find the outgoing tide actively stirs the rock beds, exposing a fresh supply of rocks and stones. According to the "Agates of the Oregon Coast" pocket guide, a successful rock hound haunts the beaches on outgoing tides from December through to March.
5. Know what you’re looking for
Many times it pays to know the type of stone you want to add to your collection. This will give you an added edge of sorting through rock beds really fast.
You can make your hunting experience more enjoyable by avoiding accidents or injury. While on the coast, your activities will usually be guided by the tide. Always be careful and remember that those beautiful waves can also be dangerous if it washes up on the shore with strong force.
You never know what you’re going to find rock hunting around Oregon’s coastlines, and that’s the appeal for most people. The coastline changes from day to day, season to season, year to year. So enjoy your experience, because no two hunting expeditions are the same! Read More