Category Archives: Rocks

Happy Valentine’s Day

February sunrise

February sunrise

A perfect February cover of Missouri Conservationist

A perfect February cover of Missouri Conservationist

The Spy's valentines for his classmates

The Spy’s valentines for his classmates

You Rock!

You Rock!

Microgreen (grown indoors!)

Microgreen (grown indoors!)

Perfect February colors!

Perfect February colors!

Baby's first time ice skating

Baby’s first time ice skating

Second time ice skating (his first time was about 5 years ago!)

Second time ice skating (his first time was about 5 years ago!)

Dexie says happy Valentines day!

Dexie says happy Valentines day!

Last year's valentine hahaha

Last year’s valentine hahaha

New swimwear! (trying it on over her clothes cause it's cold out!)

New swimwear! (trying it on over her clothes cause it’s cold out!)

Another old valentine (2013?)

Another old valentine (2013?)

Moss

Moss

Horse track

Horse track

Pink clouds

Pink clouds

Visiting the llamas (and alpacas)

Visiting the llamas (and alpacas)

Alpaca

Alpaca

I like the fur on this one

I like the color of fur on this one

Easter Bunny Llama haha

Easter Bunny Llama haha

This one looks like a camel

This one looks like a camel

Llamas

Llamas

Alpacas

Alpacas

This one's name is Buddy

This one’s name is Buddy

Alpaca

Alpaca

Snowflakes on a log

Snowflakes on a log

Moss dusted with snow

Moss dusted with snow

Happy Valentine’s Day!

From the Fourth

The fireworks started early!

The fireworks started early!

Ka

Ka

Boom

Boom

There's a saying about corn: "Knee high by the fourth of July." Ours is between 4-10 feet tall!

There’s a saying about corn: “Knee high by the fourth of July.” Ours is between 4-10 feet tall!

You can see the two types of corn in the picture above. The brighter green is sweet corn (“country gentleman”) and the darker, shorter corn in the background is ornamental “Wade’s Giant Indian” flint corn. The flint corn was planted three weeks after the sweet corn so that they won’t tassel at the same time (to avoid cross-pollination).

Baby ready for the festivities!

Baby ready for the festivities!

Helping to decorate!

Helping to decorate!

She said this is a drawing of a potato; she did it all by herself.

She said this is a drawing of a potato; she did it all by herself.

And I did this all by myself haha

And I did this all by myself haha

Woo USA!

Woo USA!

Some animals seemed to be celebrating too…

Festive Cardinal

Festive Cardinal

Skink

Skink

And...

And…

A fox!

A fox!

Then we were off to the…

Creek

Creek

Swimming

Swimming

Exploring...

Exploring the…

Creek Bed

Creek Bed

Baby found a vine.

Baby found a vine.

Rocks and Jocks

Rocks and Jocks

We found a lot of really cool rocks. I’m going to take a picture of each one and do a whole post on them (so get excited). Rocks rock.

Pitching and Catching

Pitching and Catching

Brrr!

Brrr!

Tomato Sandwiches: Summer's Greatest Food

Tomato Sandwiches: Summer’s Greatest Food

Snacking and Snoozing

Snacking and Snoozing

Zzzzzz

Zzzzzz

Zzzzz

Zzzzz

Beautiful Canopy

Beautiful Canopy

That X! Hope this huge tree isn't getting cut down!

That X! Hope this huge tree isn’t getting cut down!

Such a great place

Such a great place

But of course, the main event,

Our very own...

Our very own…

fireworks.

fireworks.

Light Show

Light Show

Glow Sticks and Fireworks

Glow Sticks and Fireworks

The Spy channeling Tron

The Spy channeling Tron

Sparklers!

Sparklers!

Woo MERICA!

Woo MERICA!

Baby's First Sparkler

Baby’s First Sparkler

We just got a couple bags of fireworks (about $40 worth) but they sure made for a good time and some cool pictures!

Finale!

Finale!

Looks like Space

Looks like Space

Far Out!

Far Out!

Hope you all are having a safe and happy holiday weekend!

The St. Peter Formation

A warm and windy spring-day outing to Pacific, Missouri…Pacific is not too far from Spy Garden, but very different from the area where we live. The first sight you see when entering Pacific on historic route 66 is the St. Peter’s Formation:

St. Peter's Formation (and the sign for a car wash)

St. Peter’s Formation (and the sign for a car wash)

These huge rock formations with big, striking “caves” (really old mine entrances) have quite an unceremonious presence in Pacific. There are no signs, no information, no parking (we just parked on some gravel on a side road). I wasn’t quite sure we were even “allowed” to be walking around here!

Uhhh...let's not go inside.

Uhhh…let’s not go inside.

I didn’t know it was even called “The St. Peter’s Formation” until I looked it up when we returned. I knew it was a part of an active mine because a bustling U.S. Silica plant sits right along route 66 just a few “blocks” (rock blocks? haha) beyond where these pictures were taken. Train tracks run right up to the plant and the sounds of train whistles and chug, chugging are steady.

We learned that U.S. Silica is mining “St. Peter Sandstone” and that…

More than 65 million short tons of St. Peter, having an estimated present value of $2 billion, have been mined in Missouri from the 1870s to present.  In 2008, more than 700,000 short tons of St. Peter at a value in excess of 20 million dollars were produced from Missouri.  St. Peter Sandstone was originally used for the manufacture of glass.  Its dominant use recently has been as a proppant in oil and gas formation stimulation nationwide.  There is an estimated 3.8 trillion short tons of St. Peter Sandstone reserves in Missouri. (from Missouri Department of Natural Resources website, click here to read more about the properties of the sandstone)

Not a mile away, there is a little civil war memorial park that does have parking and signage/information. The description of Blackburn Park from Pacific’s website reads,

Home to Pacific’s Civil War replica cannon located on top of Sandstone mountain on 2nd Street off Osage. This is a breathtaking view of Meramec Valley and the civil war cannon are spectacular sites that you will never forget.

That’s a bit of an overstatement. It is a good vantage point, but I wouldn’t call it a mountain. Given, it was cloudy and the trees are still leafless, but still, this view of Pacific isn’t necessarily picturesque.

Though the Spy liked to see the...

Though the Spy liked to see the…

canon.

canon.

Plus it was VERY windy up there, which made it fun.

Plus it was VERY windy up there, which made it fun.

But…

I was way more interested in getting a closer look at those huge rocks down the street!

I was way more interested in getting a closer look at those huge rocks down the street!

Old mine entrances...and can you spy the Spy?

Old mine entrances…and can you spy the Spy?

I don't think we should stand under this over-hang!

I don’t think we should stand under this over-hang!

Can you spot him?

Can you spot him?

Lots of colors...

Lots of colors…

...and textures.

…and textures.

A tree in an old mine entrance, way up!

A tree in an old mine entrance, way up!

Rocks with Tree

Rocks with Tree

Rock face

Rock face

Our favorite part was this big sandy flat area below…Silica Valley, if you will. The kids collected rocks (never, ever underestimate the entertainment value of rocks!)

Silica Valley

Silica Valley

Collecting rocks.

Collecting rocks

Stripes

Stripes

Still collecting rocks

Still collecting rocks

I liked these pretty little (tiny!) weeds growing in the sand.

I liked these pretty little (tiny!) weeds growing in the sand.

St. Peter Sandstone

St. Peter Sandstone

Sharing their finds

Sharing their finds

See you later, Pacific!

See you later, Pacific!

It would be nice to go back on a day when the sky was a good clear vibrant blue (would make for an entirely different set of pictures), but I like how the gray/bright-white sky kind of gave everything a little bit of an otherworldly look today! Happy Friday everyone!