Life in our household is divided up. John is responsible for car things, meat and garbage. I am responsible for vegetables, day-to-day finances and planning stuff. So I am responsible for this vacation and activities. Today my planned activities included a trip to the Mineral Museum in Butte, MT at Montana Tech at UM. (The home of the Diggers.)
This was quite interesting. Weâ€™ve been reading our â€œRoadside Geologyâ€ as weâ€™ve been traveling along. It makes me wonder what people do on the east coast while riding in the car. Thereâ€™s no geology there. I guess they must listen to the radio or something. Anyway, Butte is known as the â€œrichest hill in the worldâ€ for all the mineral wealth taken out of it – copper, zinc, molybdenum, silver and gold. So a trip to the Mineral Museum seemed an apt choice.
We spoke to a geologist there about the museum. We proudly told him how we read â€œRoadside Geology.â€ He seemed unimpressed. But he explained about the rock exhibits, the flourescent minerals dark room and mentioned that they also had an earthquake tracking station. As we were in a brick building, that made me a little nervous. We perused the exhibits and I took a picture of the inside of a giant geode. Good times!