Thursday, April 23, 2015


I figured I'd post some photos of my son (Andy) today. He's all grown up of course, but we still manage to find the time to go on trips together as our tiny family group. Some of our best vacations were taken as a family, including to the Florida Keys, and to Yellowstone National Park. And this year we'll head out to Glacier National Park together.

This was at Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mine in Franklin, NC. I can't remember why Andy was laughing.

Something  was funny, though.

One of Andy's hobbies is geology. He especially likes to hunt for gem stones. At this joint they let you mine your own earth from the hillside and take it to the sluice to find gems. Andy found a few decent sapphires.


Andy on a hike in Linville Gorge with his old man a couple of years back.


Colleen Yarnell said...

Great pics! My mom and I were just at Mason's for their second day of the season. She found A SMALL ONE AND i FOUND A BARBIE sized! LOL!

James Robert Smith said...

We enjoyed Mason's so much that we're going back. Hopefully this Fall. While we were there a woman found a 20-something carat sapphire.