We arrived in Tucson, AZ just past midnight on Thursday evening. It was such a relief feeling a cool breeze when we walked outside as opposed to the single digit weather we've been having in NYC.
Ben, my boyfriend who's traveling with me wasn't prepared for how large these shows are and how many very different types of people they attract.
There are main shows in convention centers and hotels that each specialize in different things. Then there are outdoor shows in tents on the side of the road literally all over the city.
Day 1 we hit up the tents along the road which are my favorite. Most of the vendors dig the stones themselves and have a genuine love for gemstones and minerals. We saw amazing fossilized rocks, dinosaur fossils, and more minerals than I could count.
My favorite finds of the day (pictured below) were these gorgeous aragonite minerals from Morocco. Rough fluorite which grow in the most magnificent shape. Big chunks of lemon calcite that have the greatest color. And the tiniest baby geodes I ever saw, they were so cute!
Today we will hit up the big show at the convention center. So stay tuned....