Looked at the forecast and decided to head to Lake Superior and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for a little running adventure on the North Country Trail. It definitely lived up to the adventure part. Lots of water, mud and downed trees to get through. Some years the trails would still be covered in snow this time of year so no complaints here. 11.5 miles total. Miners Beach to Grand Portal Point and back. No matter how many times I visit I’m always finding something new. I love this place.
Personal collection time–here’s an unusual find from the Oregon coast! It looks like two entirely different stones were glued together–but this is how they were formed naturally. The left side of this stone is your standard beach agate with some lovely pockmarking. The right side is basalt from one of the massive lava flows that make up a large portion of Oregon. Agate often forms while igneous rocks (like basalt) are cooling and crystallizing. So when the lava that created this basalt was beginning to settle, some of the quartz coalesced into a pocket of agate. As erosion wore away at the larger stone formation, this little piece broke off just so, and this is how it came out after a month in my tumbler.
Alright, I think I might as well do a little introduction post / life update post for everyone who is either new to my blog or has been following me for a while and wants to know what’s going on lately!
I’m Rebekka. My URL is a combo of my name + my birthstone/favorite stone (amethyst). Bekkathyst = rebekka + amethyst
I live in a rural, unincorporated part of Southern California, somewhere in the mountains. It snows where I live in the winter, but not much. I absolutely adore the snow- it’s such a treat!
I’m married and have 4.5 furbabies. (4 cats and a small dog that’s just in our extended care, but will eventually go back to his owners). I’ve been running my Etsy shop for just over 3 years now. I grew up around minerals and they have become an obsession passion in my adult life, haha. I also run a little crystal shop on Etsy with my husband called CrystalTonik. We’re both self employed and live off our shops alone! It took us just over three years to accomplish that. Before we were living in a really horrible area in central LA, and we were both miserable. We were very blessed to be given to opportunity to improve our lives the way we did. (Even though we plan to succeed even further!)
We currently live in a small house on a horse ranch property. Our landlord runs the ranch and she’s a super nice lady that is somehow okay with the amount of pets we have :p (maybe because she has way more than us, haha!)
Lately we have been working very hard in the rare free time we have to start a food garden. We can’t plant things in the ground until after April because it still freezes some nights, but gosh, I am already so excited! We get to use a very big plot of land on the ranch, and we plan on sharing with the other people that live on the property as well as our families. We’re also planning on getting some lovely pet chickens soon!
We also love to go prospecting for minerals… we often collect beach agate from our favorite beach and we’ve had the opportunities to visit both the Tourmaline King mine and Carmelita mine in San Diego county.
I love the nature where I live, and now that it’s spring time you can count on me posting lots of pictures of all the neat stuff that’s in bloom :p
So that’s basically all that’s been going on lately.. I’ve missed talking to you all. I’d love to know what’s been going on with you guys as well!
So… I guess the secret’s out! After Brightshine Jubilee I’m going to be transitioning to Water Flight. There’ll be a major overhaul of my clan lore (adios, Silver Entourage, I loved thee well) and this necessitated some fancy new bio graphics in a sundrenched, blurry vintage photo theme, because I crave that mineral beach. These probably aren’t the ones I’ll be using, but if you could use some fancy vertical bars for your FR bios, there’s an Imgur album here.
Feel free to use them, edit them, paste your dragons on them, do whatever you want to with them–no need to credit, although it’s appreciated (Anthelion, 8324). They are designed to not force a scroll in the desc box in standard viewing resolution *if you don’t put a line break between the nextcol tag and the image tag.*