1. Gotta give us more details. location? Other pictures? It is a toad, but i can't provide accurate name.

  2. Sorry for lack of description. It was seen in the Central Cascades of Washington state around 4,500 feet above sea level.

  3. I did a paper once on the effects of social media on ecotourism in National Parks and it was drastic to see how over-used these parks have become and the damage that relates to this; especially damage stemming from “social trails”.

  4. I would say grow a pair, but looks like you’re working on it 😂

  5. https://www.gis.cwu.edu/geog/documents/Becerra.%202016.%20The%20spatial%20distribution%20and%20origions%20of%20sandstone%20monoliths.pdf

  6. holy moly, do you know anyone's bouldering these? absolutely gorgeous formations

  7. They’re in a very remote location. I’ve found 10 or so of them out there. There’s no indication others are going out there. There’s one large formation that has a small cave with some precontact cave art inside. I work as an archaeologist and that is how I came to know of their location.

  8. Glass slag redtop mountain has a lot of history with iron smelting.

  9. Definitely not slag, I am an archaeologist working in a precontact site. I’ve worked around slag and work with all types of toolstone to be able to differentiate between the two.

  10. Snake guards! Bandanas for sweat. I was partial to Eddie Bauer cargo pants, but the quality and style of their pants has changed.

  11. Bandanas, yes! I forgot this. I use the Buff headwear everyday in the field. They’re great to keep on your head under your hard hat, also around your neck for sweat. You can soak them in cold water when it gets real hot to cook yourself off and they dry out quick!

  12. I’ve always used Kuhl clothing. They have held up great and are comfortable. Renegade

  13. Hmm what’s that contraption? Looking for gems? Hows that work?

  14. I’m an archaeologist doing shovel probes and screening for any material evidence of historical or precontact land use.

  15. Um that sounds super interesting. I’ve been exploring that region since I was a little kid. What types of artifacts have you found?

  16. Tons of lithic debitage, a few points, some scrapers, utilized flakes, grinding stones are some of the precontact items. I’ve also worked on a few historical archaeology projects. This are mostly old cabins and mining claims. I think it’s interesting, I love this job 😎

  17. I hunt redtop a lot. You found a blue my friend! Careful with those rock shops. I've been ripped off by a couple of them in the past.

  18. Thanks for the heads up. No matter what they say I’m keeping this one!

  19. Right?!?! I haven’t been able to find a definitive way to tell them apart. It was found on the Teanaway Ridge in a jeep track where snow had recently melted off. From what I understand, the ones that are found southeast of this spot closer to Ellensburg originated from the Teanaway basalts.

  20. Lewisiopsis tweedyi (Tweedy's bitterroot)! It's endemic to the area from Wenatchee north to Southern B.C.

  21. Looks like this a better match than the Lewisia cotyledon. Good call.

  22. Why do you look so familiar lol, do you have a tik tok because i follow a few rockhounds since my wife is a geologist

  23. No, the only social media I have is Reddit and LinkedIn.

  24. Looks something like the paintings found in the Stein Valley in British Columbia they were done during 'vision quests'.

  25. Thank you for the source. I haven’t read this one but it’s on my list now!

  26. Is it recorded? Or will it remain a secret from archeologists?

  27. Seems more like Morrow Mountain Straight Base point rather than a Wade point but I’m not super familiar with the points in your area.

  28. They look modern to me as well. Only exception being possibly the middle point on the third photo.

  29. Uniface knife/scraper or crude discarded preform. From these pictures I can’t see if it has a good striking platform but if it was meant to be a preform, it looks like the bottom left has too much material removed.

  30. Ok and let's look at the reasons why. It's all political. State don't want anyone to be able to profit without state getting a portion. What it all boils down too is money , not saving history or preserving artifacts for generations to come.

  31. Money is not a reason why it is illegal to take artifacts from federal lands. The FS does not profit from artifacts. It’s illegal because once an artifact has been removed it’s lost the majority of information it can provide on the past. The FS works very closely with local tribal nations with all artifacts that are found.

  32. That's a fair point but let me ask this. So if someone is out walking and stumbles across a artifact you guys think it's best to leave it lay to possibly be lost forever, or never be seen again by anyone, or to never be studied and could quite possibly be damaged as well. So do you circle it and take a GPS location and notify said authorities for them to recover? So basically it is ok for a state official to come along and pick something up but not a regular citizen only because the state official is going to work closely with local tribes? But not a local citizen cause they just want to collect? For me this is a fine line because on one hand I agree with working with local tribes. However on another hand I have personally found artifacts ( in a legal state on private land with permission) that was trashed by machinery or mother nature. I have also found pristine whole pieces that I know soon after would have also became victim to machinery so in a way I feel like I saved it. BTW I do not and will never hunt state land. I'm just tying to weigh the good and bad here So my point is if someone does find something on state land what do they do?

  33. Good question, and yes on federal lands it is best to follow the best practice I outlined. Not only because of the government working with the local tribal nations but also because trained archaeologists will come out and evaluate the artifact and the surrounding area to get as much information as possible. It’s not just some “state official” picking it up. It is someone who knows all of the protocols laid about by the state, federal, and tribal governments to insure that history isn’t lost. Someone just picking it up to take home and put on their bookcase may save that one item but they are taking the history of that item in that place out of context and taking that information from the tribes, archaeologists, and academics that would have the ability to provide a larger picture of its history and provide that information to the general public.

  34. Didn’t you already post this question?? Yes Native Americans made whistles. Example:

  35. After some more research, it seems as if it is a broad nose weevil, possibly Otiorhynchus raucus

  36. Not a stink bug, much rounder then a stinkbug. Also, this is very hard, feels almost like a small pebble. The bug is small, smaller than my pinky nail.

  37. Meh, I’m not convinced. Could be a rock with a nice edge, I don’t see working on both sides

  38. That’s the difference between a biface tool and uniface tool.

  39. Fine, I don’t see definite working on either side.

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