John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Through The Gate

None Get Loose

Looking For Thunder Eggs?

Follow That Road




Easiest Dig

South Blue Bed

Wrong Place To Dig

How About Here?

Nope - Look Near The Edge


We Stop To Pick Up A Rock

Road Out


Find Any Eggs?

Mt. Hood

It is hot. We go to Richardson’s Recreational Ranch. We are at their store by 7:00. We sign up to dig Thunder Eggs.

We drive seven miles on a gravel road to get to the digging beds. Notice that I do not say “good gravel.” It takes about a half hour.

Along the way, we have to open and close a gate that keeps the cattle in. We see what we think is a falcon. We see some California quail and some rabbits. We have a map and find the South Blue Bed. This is the easiest bed to dig in.

We have no idea what we are doing and waste the first hour or so. A family shows up with a knowledgeable Rock Hounder. He gives everyone a lesson in Thunder Egg hunting.

He looks at what I have collected so far. “You’re close.” He is being polite. I throw my bucket of rocks out.

John now “gets it.” He finds egg after egg. He is really doing well. I just get a bigger blister on my finger. I cannot believe we spend so much time digging. It is addictive!

Back at the store, we pay for our collection. We have ten or twelve cut. The good thunder eggs are the size of a baseball and have seams just like a baseball. Agate is inside. John found some good ones!

We will be here one more day. I do not know how we are going to get the RV clean!

Campground: Mountain View RV

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