We ventured out on a recent wintry afternoon in search of rocks in our own backyard. We didn’t find any right away. We did see a few, red clay covered lumps or stones.
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We had peeked at the nature study grid by the back door before we headed out. So we had several things in mind. But what we did find was even more fun. Ice. Ice in the wheelbarrow. Ice on the ground. The girls braved the cold and showed me just how sparkly the ice was in the sunlight.
Another day we had the pleasure of accompanying Nana to our state capitol. And it was there we found the most rocks of all!
Displays and displays of arrowheads, Georgia marble and more.
I remember finding arrowheads in the backyard as a child!
We saw large columns of Georgia marble and read the story about the different types. Can you see the pink marble?
All these rocks at the capitol reminded us of the really large rock that is quite famous here in our home state. Stone Mountain. We went there to celebrate Lil’ Buddy’s birthday a little over a year ago. It was a perfect birthday trip for a train loving boy – to ride the train around the base of the mountain. The giant rock is a “a quartz monzonite dome monadnock.” But to us it is known as a wonderful place of history. That carving in the side. And tales of Civil War times. (You can see an up close view and read more about it on this Confederate Memorial carving page. Wonderful photos of just how HUGE this stone carving is).
So, just stepping out in our backyard and looking to see what we could find led us in several adventures. A capitol field trip and a trip down memory lane on a train. Who knew that rocks could take us so many places!
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