Photo of boulders dug out of a construction site in Toronto but too big for rock hunting souvenirs

I’m going to go rock hunting this summer. “What’s that?” I hear you asking, “rock hunting? That sounds random”.  My brain is sometimes like a flea on a mitt – hopping from one interest to another. So many fascinating things to explore and so little time on this world to do it. One can never have too many hobbies. 

Lately I’ve been lurking around rock hound sites, admiring the diversity in … well, the rock world. ‘Rock world’ – not sure if that is a thing, but we’ll stick with it. I’ve been picking up random pebbles and stones for a long time, wondering what they are.  “Oh here’s a grey one. And here’s another grey one. This one has a pink seam. OHH this one is black. No, wait, it’s just muddy”.

I’ve been staggered by how varied rocks are and now I’m eager to learn a bit more about what’s here in Toronto. The ravine system is a short stroll from my place so that should be a good starting point. I can wander for miles poking around the mud and rocks, looking for anything interesting. As a bonus, I can take my camera along and get some decent photos of the ravine. I’ll have to get a pair of gloves though, because I really hate getting my hands dirty. 

Another choice spot might be along Lake Ontario with it’s rocky shores. It might spit up a fossil or two, as well which would be cool. I remember days spent looking for trilobites while growing up.  We called then ‘stone bugs’ because we didn’t’ have a clue what they were. I’ve often wished I’d saved some of the better ones, but we chucked them back out into the water when we finished oohing over them.

If all else fails, I can go to the ROM – their rocks and minerals are all carefully labeled so ID-ing them will be easy.

I’ve been using Mining Matters rock identification guide to spot some of the more common rocks around here.  Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario has a good YouTube video titled Rock and Mineral Identification that is fun to watch. 

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