Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Lost a rock

So, my new hobby of flint knapping has made me a bit of a hobby geologist in search of lithic sources of obsidian, jasper, chert and whatnot. So I looked at my trip to AFCEA San Antonio as a chance to get out in the desert and find some good southwest material. It rained almost all week. Finally today I get to run around and dodge cactus and rattlesnakes while I gleefully examined rocks with he hammer I drug 2500 miles with me to do so with. Not much luck. I found a few pieces of Edwards plateau chert. I get to the airline and my collected rocks have pushed my check bag 5lbs over the weight limit and I'm informed that I have to pay 100$ for the extra weight. The look on the face of the desk attendees was classic as I reached in my luggage, pulled out a large rock and asked her to re-weigh it. It came in 0.63 lbs under the weight limit. It was only half a victory because I soon discovered TSA regulations classify rocks this size as blunt weapons and had to discard it in the trash. Back in DC tonight to nurse my cactus wounds...