Come here to stock up on agate, jasper, thundereggs, and wood.
Ashwood, Oregon (thirty miles northeast of Madras) is well-known for its agate beds, which include Friend Eggs, Friend Green Moss, Friend Apple Agate, Marston Multi-colored Wood Replacement, and McDonald Wood.
Some of these beds are open for digging all year, provided the weather permits access. All are located on working ranches so arrangements must be made in advance and a minimum purchase may be required.
For information, or to make an appointment, contact the landowner of the bed you wish to visit.
AREA RANCHER PASSES
Darrell Friend, owner of the Friend Ranch, went home to be with his Lord on January 29, 2009. He has battled heart problems for the past eight years. His condition worsened early last year, improved some during the summer months, and then became worse again last fall.
After twelve days in the hospital in November, he stabilized enough to return to his home the Monday before Thanksgiving. He remained there under the care of his wife, family, and weekly visits from a Hospice nurse.
He will be greatly missed.
The Friend Ranch thunderegg bed and agate beds will be closed for digging during the 2009 season. Thundereggs and other material may be available for purchase. For further information or to pass on your condolences to the family, please contact Cathy Friend at (541) 489-3252.
Ashwood Rockstock 2009
For information about this year's dig and availability of camping, please contact Alex McDonald at:
Phone: (541) 489-3290
(Note: Be sure to replace (at) with @ in his email address.)
All Rockhounds Pow Wow Club of America Inc.
60th Annual Gem and Mineral Show
Date: July 1st thru July 5th, 2009
Place: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madras, Oregon
Daily field trips to Ashwood area rock beds. All Rockhounds Pow Wow Club of America membership is required.
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