I know the arboretum nearby has signs about leaving nature alone, but we live at 6000' and the hills behind us are pretty uninhabited/unmonitored. Lifting a rock or two small enough to carry hasn't been an issue so far. Also, now that I think of it, I have seen many people collecting from the erosional "tumble down" on the sides of the highway before...perhaps there is safety in numbers. I guess they figure we are all taking rocks to put in our yards on the same mountain, so it's okay California has eroding coastline, eroding mountains and eroding deserts (a rock hound's dream!) so there's usually surplus. I'll look into the CA regulations though, just in caseDJRansome said:Check the local regulations about taking rocks...some places (California is one...Hawaii, etc.) you must leave the environment as you found it.
Agree about the fun of finding the perfect specimen. I've been lucky to find them on property I own. That's over because there are no rocks in my new location.