I used to be a rock collector. I had pet rocks in all shapes, sizes and colors. My rocks were kept in a golden box, much like how a cat goes in a cat carrier. My mother would take me to the desert in Blythe, CA and we would chisel at the rocks, letting rock material get in our eyes and faces ’til we uncovered from all the dust and grime… sparkling GEODES.
Geodes are big rocks with gems inside of them. Psychics call geodes “spiritual forces”, the crystals somehow leading to wisdom and truth. If you go to The Crystal Matrix in Atwater, CA, you will see what I am talking about. People there are WAYYYY into the healing powers of crystals. My mom dug for geodes just because she thought they looked cool. I just liked to occasionally roll them down our hallway floor to see how far they’d go. I’d also hold them in my hand like the crystal in The Dark Crystal, all the while pretending I was some sort of fairy/nymph/wizard/muppet.
Collecting geodes, rocks and crystals is a past time much like stamp collecting, Breyer horse collecting or Beanie Baby hoarding. It was a ’90s fad. Well, in my world it was a ’90s fad, just like how building a doll house for ten years was a ’90s fad for my mother.
Regardless of my collecting habits, though, I turned out pretty normal. Much like kids fawn over collecting Justin Bieber posters and Miley Cyrus paraphernalia, I just had a thing for rocks. It was my Tiffany and Co. , my Skip-It (since I couldn’t afford any one of those things like everyone else at my Beverly Hills elementary school could).
Child development specialists DO say that store-bought toys are not always the best for children. In fact, cardboard boxes are just as educational and fun (yes, I know that sounds horrifying since homeless people are often found in those). But really, pots and pans are just as great as building blocks and toy kitchenware. Not that I’m justifying my childhood rock collection, I’m just letting you know it’s not THAT weird. And if you are somehow now interested in rock collecting one day, here are some spots in CA that are way fun to go to… haha… that was just my hippie side coming out to educate you about the natural wonders of California… I apologize if you’re not interested! If anything, please enjoy these miraculous pictures and enjoy whatever collecting you do do!