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Behave Yourself! – Rockwatching Blogging Protocal


scan0001, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Well, Rockwatching has been up and running for a number of years now (5 to be exact) and I believe it has contributed significantly to the interest of people like myself who like caving, rocks, the outdoors, gems and minerals in Ontario.

We are just a few short days from 2011 and I believe it’s high time we made some resolutions -all of usĀ  (you my loyal fellow bloggers as well).

So in the interests of all involved a few ground rules to follow on Rockwatching from now on

1) Lets not carry a personal vendetta onto this site which is meant to be a forum where like minded enthusiasts can interact in a positive way.
2) Lets respect each other and try not to get personal when we are frustrated.
3) Lets respect the basics of conservation and eco-minded thought.
4) Lets not assume stuff we don’t know for sure (hence the survey at the bottom of the post).
5) Lets keep in mind that this is all about enjoyment.
6) Lets keep in mind that just because the topic is on the table, every single aspect that pertains to it is not an open book.
7) Lets respect people who are not on the site, private property, reputations etc. Just because there is discussion of a site or feature does not mean permission has been granted to go there.

8) Lets not get petty, self righteous or important. Stop correcting my grammar, spelling or use of terms. I am a writer at heart and so I believe I can use the language as I please (providing it’s in good taste, or if I choose, not in good taste).

9) Lets not waste my time by having to re-direct you to one of the above rules.

Happy and prosperous 2011 – Mick

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Looking for Lizards in the Valley of Fire – Sounds psychadelic – something Jim Morrison might come up with.

old pics 143, originally uploaded by Mic2006.

Maggie and I won a free trip to Las Vegas some time ago. We rented a car and drove up the side of Lake Mead into the valley of fire.

Amongst the more memorable experiences were my being chased by wild mules after mistakenly agravating them (Long story – my fault) and also trying to coerce Maggie from tipping over rocks and looking for lizards. She first spotted them at a road side fireworks, guns and alchol place. We had wandered out around the surrounding contryside with a bottle of tequila to observe the litter of old pyrotechnics and everywhere there were things that moved and skittered for cover under the rocks. My concern was her upending a rock and coming face to face with a rattler.

In the above photo Maggie continues her “critter spotting” practices in an area of worn red sandstone. It is this red hue that the area derives its name from – “Valley of Fire”.

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