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Rock shopping in Alaska

We recently returned from an amazing trip along Alaska's inner passage, stopping in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  If you'd like to see more pictures from the trip, I'll be sharing them on Mixed Media Artist.  Hit the link and it will take you right to the "Alaska" category of posts!  But there are several posts that I need to share with you here on Beading Arts, because they will more directly interest all of you.

Gold, diamonds, tanzanite, and ammolite are the big things pushed by the tourist industry in the towns where we stopped.  Although ammolite is gorgeous, it's not local, so I couldn't get too worked up about it.  However, by asking around, I found out about a locally owned and run shop filled with geodes, fossils, all types of agates, bear claws, fish teeth, etc etc.  Great stuff.

Back Alley Rock Shop
Literally located down a narrow alley between two other shops on Broadway in Skagway, Alaska.

I bought a polished and mounted agate and a polished and drilled orthoceras (ancient fossil mollusk).  What will I do with them?  Not a clue...yet!  The agate is ready to hang, but the orthoceras needs more thought.

Next week, I'll be showing you some of the fabulous beadwork that we encountered!

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