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TIMBERWOLF QUARTZ

Unique Termination Prompts Intrigue
These tortured pine trees give an indication of how brutal the winter storms can be on Timberwolf.
Muzo habit crystals from Timberwolf have hexagonal bases with triangular terminations.

Washington State has a number of wellknown collecting localities for everything from petriThed wood to agates, geodes, and crystals of several diTherent types. One locality I have heard about many times over the years from members of my rock club in Yakima, Washington is called Timberwolf Mountain.Discussions about this locality would occasionally come up during our monthly club meetings, but for some unknown reason visiting the site never really made my to-do list.Several years ago, one of our long-time members, Fred Cannon, who is now deceased, showed up at our annual club rock auction with a box of really strange looking quartz crystals. He said he and some of his rock buddies had collected the specimens at Timberwolf.All kinds of rocks and mineral specimens are donated by club members for the auction, and the action is hot and heavy when the bidding starts.Club members and the general public are given time to peruse all of the items before the auction begins. The trick is to not seem too interested in anything in particular so as not to attract attention to the good stuff.Theveryone takes notes on the back of their paper plate, which serve as bidding paddles.ATher writing the lot number on my plate for the crystals Fred had donated, I backed of and kept an eye on the potential competition to see if I could figure out who I would be bidding against.This technique is an art form, or at least I think it is.When the bidding started, I went into predator mode and bought the whole box.ATher adding them to my stash of goodies in my shop, I still didn’t pull the trigger on trying to visit the Timberwolf locality.When Fred passed, so too did the exact details of where he and his buddies had found the unusual specimens.

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