Alma Rose Rhodochrosite (Hillsboro, OR)

One of the most unusual crystal specimens I've ever seen on display is the Alma Rose rhodochrosite at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro. This extravagantly beautiful specimen boasts five large rhodochrosite crystals, speckled with yellowish calcite deposits.¬†Almost pure MnCO3, they have a deep pink, almost cherry-reddish coloring and are shaped... Continue Reading →

Floored by a Mexican Market in Hillsboro

Once in a long while, you stumble across a store so phenomenal that it takes your breath away. After lunch at Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's, four of us were trying to kill some time before the start of Star Trek: Into Darkness at a multiplex. There used to be a market attached to Ochoa's, but it... Continue Reading →

Lunch at Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa’s (Hillsboro, OR)

In this fifth largest city of Oregon whose major employer is Intel, among other high-tech companies, almost one fourth of the population is Hispanic. It's not surprising, therefore, that a commercial district has developed in the city's southeast portion to serve this demographic. One of the most popular Mexican restaurants is Taqueria Hermanos Ochoa's that... Continue Reading →

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