Thought you might enjoy the tip of the iceberg for my family’s rock collection! We’re big rockhounds and members of the Tulip City Gem Mineral Club so we have some odd specimens here and there.

Pictured is a lightning stone found on Lake Michigan, multiple agates from all over, Herkimer Diamond, Blood Calcite from Mexico, Cubic Pyrite, Canyon Diablo Meteorite (That looks like the USA), Pyrite Brachiopod, Creedlite, multiple calcified clam shells from Florida that are hard to find anymore, opal, and a possible Lake Superior (or in this case Michigan) agate that we found years ago and still have yet to figure out what it really is.

We have a lot more, these were just the most accessible ones!


Thank you! It’s gorgeous.

So far this morning I’ve seen Sooty Shearwaters, playing sea lions, and a mola mola. Diablo Canyon is ten miles to starboard, but it’s too foggy to see more than a few hundred yards.

Update: It’s now somewhat clearer, though still too murky to see land as we close with the coast heading in toward San Simeon. Just saw a group of humpbacked whales! 🐋🐋🐋😍😍😍


The two meteorite samples shown above were partly responsible for the famous Barringer Crater (aka Meteor Crater) near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (shown in the upper photo),  where they are believed to have fallen about 50,000 years ago.

Watch on

Quick swing across Arizona’s Meteor Crater. Look at the sedimentary layers in the far wall and how disturbed they have become due to the explosion.

Here is a throw back to when the Meteor Crater case was being constructed. 

Meteor Crater is 1.186 kilometers (0.737 mi) in diameter and roughly 170 m (570 ft) deep. The site was formerly known as the Canyon Diablo Crater and fragments of the meteorite are officially called the Canyon Diablo Meteorite.

This case is still on display on the upper floor.  

© The Field Museum, GEO81645.

Woman painting finishing touches on the Arizona Meteor Crater painting. Entire Case Hall 35.

8x10 negative