Before my first visit to the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum about a year ago, I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to lampoon the hobby so popular with my mother, her sisters and their significant others.
To me, wandering around a mountainside or stumbling through a field picking up rocks sounded about as much fun as dental surgery. When my stepfather bought a rock saw and polisher, I had flashbacks of biggest nerds I can remember from elementary school. (Full disclosure: I was a nerd too conducting experiments with my chemistry set and watching my ant farm evolve).
So when I visited the museum located just outside of Hillsboro (roughly 30 minutes from Portland) with my mom and many aunts, I was beyond skeptical. (more…)