This is a brand new blog that I just started (two whole minutes ago). It’s about my nerdy crew and our family rockhounding adventures. It’s our thing. We take it to the extreme (isn’t that so surprising) and have had some awesome moments as well as some epic fails (again – more surprise). It’s a completely different type of blog but these memories and photos (usually) make me smile. Maybe they will make some of the other rockhounds and adventurers out there smile, too. 🙂 Joanna

Rockhounds, Bird Nerds, and Nature Fans


Rockhound is the friendly term used to describe a geological packrat (a person who collects rocks).  That’s my crew.  We can’t resist picking up driftwood, shells, and twisty intricate sticks wherever we find them.  But above all, we love to collect rocks.  Either you get it, or you don’t.  It’s fine by us either way.

Most of the families in our area take their kids to Disney, Universal Studios, and other big name entertainment, and that’s awesome.  We take ours to mountains, quarries, and mines, and that’s pretty epic, too.

Over the past couple of years, we started rockhounding in earnest.  We went from casually picking up lovely rocks we walked past to actively seeking places with beautiful geological formations.  Helmets and pickaxes also joined the family at that point.  You know the old saying…  The family that pickaxes together…  Nevermind – I can already see why that phrase never…

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  1. foodzesty
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 14:42:06

    🙂 I think thats great..seeking beautiful geological forms of rocks….:)


  2. welcometothenursery
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 15:55:17

    I love it!!! My mom is a jeweler, but she primarily works with semi-precious gems. She’s been to a few sites … but to do rockhounding as a hobby … that’s cool! My dad actually had dreams about doing it after he retires to help my mom. I’m going to show him your blog for inspiration. Can’t wait to read the stories!


    • MoJo
      Aug 07, 2017 @ 15:10:56

      That is so cool! I love that she works with the sparklies. Everyone needs a mom who is a jeweler! I hope that your dad decides to do that someday. If he ever starts to look into it, send me a note and we can chat all about it!


      • welcometothenursery
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 09:31:07

        Excellent, will do!
        I must say, the benefits of having a mother who makes jewelry are very, very good… 😀

      • MoJo
        Aug 08, 2017 @ 15:22:20

        By chance would your mother be interested in adopting a fully grown daughter who lives in Texas? We wouldn’t even need to do legal paperwork. It would just be a matter of her dropping something lovely and sparkly in the mail and then the recipient would wear it. Please let me know if she would like to adopt me….errr I mean “the recipient.” 😉

      • welcometothenursery
        Aug 09, 2017 @ 21:55:56

        Hahahaa!!!! She probably has her hands full with her two legal daughters, but I’m sure it’s tempting! 😉

      • MoJo
        Aug 09, 2017 @ 22:25:34


      • MoJo
        Aug 09, 2017 @ 22:26:08

        It sounds like my new sister doesn’t want to share the jewelry! (You are a smart one!). Lol

  3. wakinguponthewrongsideof50
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 15:55:19

    I love this idea! But how do you involve technology when you’re rock hunting……


  4. James J. Cudney IV
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 16:15:23

    cool! will go check it out


  5. misifusa
    Aug 07, 2017 @ 20:49:21

    Great post! I love the hard hats! They are sooo cute!! Rockhounds unite!


  6. larva225
    Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:25:43

    Dammit! See, I’m actually a professional geologist working in a state with ZERO rocks. It’s some kind of cruel joke. My kids have never even seen a mountain. 😩😩😩


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:27:04

      SHUT UP!


    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:29:35

      You may be my long lost nerd sister. I wanted to be a geologist. Of course I also contemplated being a vet, accountant, teacher, and rap video dancer. Naturally I landed in finance but my passion will always be rap video dancing. And all things rocks. 😉 Someday when we have known each other for many blogging moons and we agree that neither appears to be a nutball, we will exchange info and I will send the coolest rocks to your kids. Nothing makes us happier than sharing the rock love with other rock nerds.


      • larva225
        Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:31:33

        Yes!! And I can send y’all dirt. Mississippi River dirt, precisely. Trust me. It’s as dull as it sounds.

      • MoJo
        Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:34:48

        Hey that’s some serious silt! Also I may let you keep it since the closest beach is Galveston and the water looks dirty thanks to all that Mississippi River dirt. Now if you catch any of those bull sharks swimming around your way, I wouldn’t mind some teeth. 😉

    • MoJo
      Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:36:28

      Just tell what state y’all are in pls. We are in Tx so we have hiked over to Arkansas and New Mexico. If you are anywhere near the Mississippi, maybe you aren’t too far from a good spot. Our kids love it – even the tidbit 2 year old. She’s more of a tidbeast but we can’t help but love her.


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