Panorama Gem

Rock Hounding in Northeast Washington


January 3rd, 2010
Joe Barreca

Joe Barreca

Joe Barreca edits the Panorama Prospector newsletter and this website, so in fact I am writing my own bio here. The picture is me working in my vineyard. You can learn more than you want to know from my own website, One of my pet projects has been to assemble “Rocks-in-a-box” These little collections of local minerals come with their own guide book, Kettle Country Treasure Maps, which can be purchased on the MapMet website.



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  • Greg Stockner says on: May 28, 2014 at 2:30 AM


    I was wondering if I could get the directions to Adams mt to dig for crystals

    • panorama says on: May 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM



      Access to that site has always been a problem. All good roads are either burmed or gated. I’ll be in Fruitland this Saturday and ask about it.


  • Greg Stockner says on: June 26, 2014 at 11:25 PM


    Thanks for writing me back. So I managed to find a way in. I found the mines up there. Was the crystal dig on the up hill side of the road right before the fork to the mines? Found an area that looks like it had been dug out. Please feel free to email me at or just reply here again and I’ll check it sooner thanks for your time Greg

    • Joseph Barreca says on: June 27, 2014 at 12:04 AM



      Yes. That is it. The right people to talk to were not at the store (see Germania Mania) in the last news letter. The dig tends to cave in over the winter but once you get the overburden cleared away, some nice smokey quartz has been found along with a lot of often broken clear crystals.

  • Steve Fox says on: June 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM


    Hi Joe. This is just to let you know that I am planning to be up there for the picnic in August. This year I will be bringing some Arizona fossils to trade. I am looking for some thulite. People down here don’t believe it exists. Also the Prescott Gem and Mineral club rock show in Prescott Valley is coming up the first weekend in August. If you can make up something about the next Panorama rock show (pamphlets) I will put them out at this show. The rock hounding season is over here so I will be looking to do a little rock busting when I get there. See you in August.

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