Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

April 20, 2012

Rock Hound

Rocks are so cool, I love them.  I pick them up everywhere, but I've bad about writing down where they came from.  Unfortunately I don't know anything about rocks, what kinds they are or anything.  All I know is they are so pretty, and sparkle like jewels when wet, which is why I pick them up to save.  I either need a rock tumbler or some way of making them look wet all the time w/o leaving them in water. 

Most of these rocks (and shells) I believe are from my trips to the Cape in the mid-2000s, prior to my moving back.  I think it was 2005 when I brought my package to the post office to mail home to Washington, prior to my flight back.  (I always shipped my clothes & stuff ahead of my trips).  The woman at the post office, Paula, knew me and my family from forever.  She grabbed my box, not expecting it's weight.  She grunted with surprise then said, "My god Joanne! What have you got in here?  Rocks?"  I said, "Um....well..actually...yeah, from Sandy Neck and Spring Hill."  She looks over her glasses at me and says, "Don't you have rocks in Washington?"  I said, "Yeah, but not like these."  

From Ruby Beach, Washington.

These are all from since I've been here last summer; there's a dish of them on the kitchen table as well.  Some of them sparkle with gold and silver flakes!

Kalaloch, Washington.  The dark red piece with the 2 stones on it is actually a piece of wood, not a rock.

These are all from Willows Beach, in Victoria, BC.


  1. JoJo, I knew that you were a kindred spirit but the rock collecting confirms it! I've been stuffing my pockets with them since girlhood. Many people like figurines, etc. as decorative items. Give me some pretty bowls of rocks, and I'm a happy girl. :) You've got some really pretty ones.

  2. My daughter takes rocks home from everywhere she goes, you have some nice ones she'd love to get hold of

    Happy A to Z

  3. I used to collect rocks as a kid, but then moved on to baseball cards, and now it's fortune cookie fortunes (but just the good ones).

    Looks like you've got some good rocks in your collection, though. Not that I know the first thing about rocks. Wait, I take that back--I know the first thing. (i.e. They're interesting.) I don't know the second thing, though.

  4. In my student days I jokingly hit a fellow student over the head with my handbag when he made a cheeky comment...completely forgetting I'd picked up a large, interesting stone and put it in there!

  5. These are really beautiful, JoJo!! Just NEVER remove a rock from Hawaii! The Volcano Goddess, Pele, will curse you forever!! Trust me! I'm serious.

  6. I really like your rock collection. I like to put interesting ones in my houseplant pots. Some look like little critters. Thank you for returning the blog visit. Yes, I've crocheted those roses. I've been sneaking my latest hook work into the a2z challenge. :-)

  7. Purdy rocks! I miss being near the beach. Back home, it's easy to be near the beach and there were tons of treasures to pick up. Glad you're having a grand time when you go out.

    A Ladybug's Life


  8. I ♥ rocks as well!! Unfortunately though, my husband won't let me bring home as many as I would like to ;).

  9. Just passing through from the A to Z.
    Wonderful post greeted me.
    You have a new follower that's for sure,
    They reason being I look forward to seeing more.

    Great post.

  10. I love how they are all different shapes and colours all well worn by the sea.

  11. Anonymous4:59 PM

    Hi Jojo, I found your blog through my friend Petra. Beautiful photo of Mt Rainier! Such amazing clouds. Our friends from up your way (Puyallup) just left yesterday - they have a gorgeous view of this Mountain from their house.

    You have a lovely blog!

  12. You have a lovely collection with some really unusual rocks!! I think you need a rock tumbler to make them all shiny. :D Way to rock the A-Z.


  13. Wow, some of those are bee-yooo-tee-ful! Hey, the ones with holes in 'em, I think they're supposed to be lucky, somehow...

    Some Dark Romantic

  14. Anonymous6:58 AM

    I marvel there's any room in your house for you ;0)

  15. Dngrkitty1:00 PM

    I make my living from rocks! :)

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  17. Wow, that's quite the collection. Where did you get the large shell that sits on you kitchen table? It's massive.

    Sorry about last comment, don't know where that came from. :)

  18. New follower here, nice to meet you. Coming via the A to Z Challenge.

    What I like are your rock collections and the photos. I feature lots of photos too on my blog (for this challenge - it's all about Paris).

    DG Hudson - Rainforest Writing

  19. I've done this, collecting stones on a beach. It's terribly addictive. I'm searching for the most perfectly spherical pebble I can find. Why? I haven't a clue?

  20. I remember back in grade school going on a field trip to dig for fossils and rocks, LOL. I have a cool rock with an imprint of a shell in it.