Newport Oregon Agate Beach
December 19, 2006 9:32pm CST
My most favorite time is spent at the beach front in my old hometown of Newport. I'd take my friends there after school with their surf boards tied to the top of my VW and the guys would go surfing while us girls would do some beach combing near the ocean. There are many agates (chalcedony quartz) to be found on the beaches of Newport. They come in all sorts of colors, shapes and sizes. This is why one of the most visited beach is called Agate Beach. I would find these semi precious gemstones and give them out to friends as good luck rocks. Recently, after dating my boyfriend for two years, I figured something else to do with these agates that I had found from Newport. Since he owned a rock tumbler, I can now shine them up, make them round and smooth and sell them over a website. The fancy and sagenite agates are the easiest to find. The pink and blue ones are rare so if you find pink agates or blue ones you definately found a treasure worth showing off. The tunnel leading down to the picnic area of Agate Beach used to be for the farmers to lead their cattle to the waterfront. It is a great place to find some seashells and parts of driftwood. There are many kite flyers during the late spring but since I was a local there, a lot of surfers - old and new - like the waves during the summer to early autumn. They even have a great firework display during the 4th Of July. If I were to chose a location to visit more frequently, it would be Newport Oregon for the friendly locals and Agate Beach.