SAN FRANCISCO TO SUCCOR CREEK

We spent last week in Northern California in celebration of Kristen graduating from San Francisco State University with her graduates degree in Biochemistry.
Kristen almost single-handedly put together the graduation ceremony for the Chemistry and Biochemistry department, which was held at the beautiful Palace Of Fine Arts. And a couple of days before her graduation, Kristen’s boyfriend of  7 years proposed to her right under the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point! He had me and Joey stake the area out two hours before they arrived, so that I could take “secret” engagement photos. I wrapped myself in blanket so she couldn’t recognize me and pretended to take photos of the bay. She literally thought I was just some hobo hanging out. Hahaha I’m not kidding.
It was an honor to be asked to capture such a special moment for them, and I’m so excited for both of them – they’re absolutely perfect for each other!
Check out Kristen’s blog here. 🙂

While we were driving back from California, we decided to take a detour through Succor Creek State Park on the border of Oregon and Idaho. We had never been there before, but I read that it was a fantastic area to look for thunder-eggs – which made it top on our list of places to visit, ever since I first acquired an interest in rock-hounding. 🙂
We followed these coordinates (43° 28’31.48″N, 117° 7’22.36″W) as we drove in through the southern entrance. We stopped at the first place you’re able to pull-off as you’re coming down the top of the canyon on Succor Creek Road. You’re able to walk up a little path to the cliff-side and look over the entire canyon – the view is incredible. From there, we walked down the right side of the cliff where you can immediately see evidence of other people digging for rock specimen. We kept walking down until we came to an enormous rock-wall made entirely out of geodes! This was our first big rockhound find ever, so needless to say, we. were. stoked. Most of the crystals inside were clear, but some were bright yellow and orange. I’m still an amateur, so I have no clue what kind of rocks they are yet. We also noticed an abundance of agate nodules scattered everywhere. In fact, as soon as I stepped out of the car I looked down and found one lying right beside my feet. We only spent a couple hours digging around there before it started to get dark, but are planning on going back as soon as possible to take advantage of the beautiful campgrounds and hiking trails that the park also has to offer.