I learned about geodes in a gift shop in the black hills of South Dakota and immediately fell in love. Kids love secrets, and what better secret than a lumpy unassuming rock lined with of ancient crystals? I got my parents to buy me a cut-your-own-geode sample that you were supposed to saw open at home, but I could never bring myself to break into it.

I learned about geodes in a gift shop in the black hills of South Dakota and immediately fell in love. Kids love secrets, and what better secret than a lumpy unassuming rock lined with of ancient crystals? I got my parents to buy me a cut-your-own-geode sample that you were supposed to saw open at home, but I could never bring myself to break into it.