Tuesday, August 18, 2009

How I Spent My Summer Vacation... (Part 3) Outdoor Wednesday Edition

For those of you
that have been following along,
you know that we have traveled
"up north" to the
Mississippi River Headwaters.

On our return leg of this vacation,
we stopped at the
Blanchard Dam
to search for
Cross Rocks.

Cross Rocks or Staurolites
or sometimes they are called
Fairy Stones can only be found
in a few places of the United States.
If you want to read more about it
you can click here.

It looks like Amanda is not afraid
to get her hands dirty!

Ask Jacob -
That water was pretty darn cold!

Here are some of the prisms
but not a very good cross in the bunch...
I guess we have to keep at it!


They were not ready to give up
until they found a cross!

Way to Go

Jacob brought these specimens home.
He wants to chisel away at them
this summer.

I think that a few crosses are imbedded in them.
What do you think?

Outdoor Wednesday
Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer
is just a click away.



Ebie said...

I enjoyed touring the outdoors with you!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Robyn,
Don't you just love the amazing Mississippi~ those rocks are cool. Door County is wonderful and I know you would love it ~(and Jacob too) Hugs, Cindy

Hootin' Anni said...

Excellent adventure you shared with us. I bet that water WAS cold!

Now I have to go back to your link about cross rocks/fairy stones. How very interesting, and I just know it's going to be something I learn today.

Come on over and stick your toes in the warm Gulf waters with me...I shared some 'ocean' photos today.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Wow! That is so interesting....and not to terribly far from my home. I would love to take my kids there. Thanks for sharing that! It remind me of Venice Beach, just below Sarasota-where I used to live. We would take the kids to the beach and sift for sharks teeth. You would find hundereds!Thanks for dropping by Bloggeritaville~

the wild raspberry said...

how fun...we love a good rock hunt too!!
have a wonderful day~

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

How fascinating, Robyn ~ it looks like everyone had a fun and memorable time.

I hope Jacob uncovers some crosses in his specimens!

Thank you for taking us along with you. :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great photos Robyn. We were within 60 miles of the headwaters and didn't go. Really regret not going. We stayed in Grand Rapids at fishing cabins. We were facinated by how narrow the Mississippi is there!

Wonderful post!

Lynn said...

Super family adventure...I'm sure there must be a cross or two or three in those somewhere.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl I have never even heard of cross rocks...this was an awesome post for me got to learn somthing new...May you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Mary said...

What wonderful photos, Robyn. it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday and being able to hunt for crosses was a perfect way to end it.

Anonymous said...

I am going to have to find out more about the cross rocks. I want one too!!! Great post.

Laura said...

What an amazing post. I am so glad you visited my blog so I could find yours.

Enjoyed visiting,


Martha said...

This looked like so much fun!

I'm Julia said...

Never heard of cross rocks, you taught me something today :-)

Libby Murphy said...

Wow, the cross rocks are new to me. It was like a fun field trip.
Happy Twirls

Sue said...

Cross rocks are a new one for me! I need to read your link. You've done some neat things on your trip, and you've shared so much w/us. Thanks- Sue

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Thanks for taking us along on this adventure with you. I have never heard of a Cross Rock.. what an interesting and fun post..
hugs ~lynne~