In this time of Covid I think being silly, having fun and finding fun things to do helps to keep us on the sunny side of life. So what does an avid rock lover do now that they aren’t any rock shows until further notice? We are forced to find ways to support our rock obsession. One of our fellow rock lovers must have made this day up – Collect Rocks Day, celebrated on 9/16. Now that we have a day supporting our need for rocks what can we do?
There are local groups that can help you if you need human/rock interaction. If you Google gem and or mineral club you will find your people. I have attended one of the local gem club meetings. The avid collectors bring in their wonderful finds because they already have too many totes filled with gorgeous rocks and they need to make room for the next dig. They will explain in detail the composition, where they found the rocks and what techniques were used to pull them out of the ground. They even have to wear a hard hat, who knew. This group has a premier rock-hound who has a barn filled with equipment to cut, grind and polish your beauties. They are so enamored with all things ancient stratified mud they are always willing to help in any capacity.
Friends have gone to local beaches where there are so many beautiful rocks they came back with garbage bags filled with their finds. I was jealous! So am I a little rock crazy? Instead of getting a t-shirt or some touristy item, I bring back igneous rocks as a momento of the trip. So for those that know me if you go out on a rock expedition you better call me.
And just to have a few giggles here are some pictures you may have seen.