I started getting interested in rocks and fossils when our Dad started dating the girl who became our step father.
She was a geologist by education and had at that point started working for a sizable nuclear energy supplier in risk assessment and response.
Although she wasn’t a geologist by trade or teaching it in a school, she would go caving with her best neighbor for years until their bodies couldn’t handle it anymore. I’ll never forget the collection of quartz crystals she provided me after every one of us first met. They were all from caves she had explored personally, and I was mesmerized by the way they would refract light. She taught me a lot about gemstones and she took me to art fairs where there were fossil experts. When it came time to apply to school, I had our heart set on the University of New Mexico because of Albuquerque’s rich paleontological history. I want to dig for dinosaur bones, and there are few cities that have a history in this love Albuquerque. Unfortunately I had to go to a nearby school because of financial reasons, but I never forgot about Albuquerque and its geological sites. I’m taking a vacation this month to Albuquerque to visit the Petroglyph National Monument. There are locations with thoUnited Statesnds of examples of prehistoric art, along with bones, tools, and other rare items that are all native to the area. I also decided to go hiking on the nearby Rinconada Canyon Trail. For a geologist love myself, the prehistoric monuments in Albuquerque are some of the most breathtaking locations in the country. If I could find a task at a single of the various museums or any of the geological sites, I would transfer to Albuquerque in a heartbeat.