When it comes to family traditions, the Moore family shares a keen interest in rocks and gems.
In fact, Alan Moore, and his two daughters Dian Grant and Lynda Moore were among a few hundred in attendance at the annual Fraser Valley Rock and Gem show in Aldergrove this weekend.
Alan has been a rock hound for the past 15 to 20 years.
He bought a rock tumbler, and before he knew it, he was immersed in rock and lapidary community.
And, while his girls have always been supportive of Alan's hobby, more recently Dian - a Fort Langley resident - admitted to having dabbled with a few rocks.
They made up just one of many families in attendance at the annual show held in Aldergrove's Old Age Pensioners hall this past weekend.
Aldergrove couple Ron and Sue Vauthrin have also been sharing their love of gems and rocks for the better part of 30 years.
They were at this weekend's show as exhibitors, displaying many of their pieces of jewelry, and also selling individual rocks and gems.
Then, there was sevenyear-old Hayden Klassen, a Surrey youngster, who attended the show with his mother Moira.
This child took up the hobby a few years back and was probably the youngest rock hound in the room.
He scampered between the dozen or so exhibitors, proudly showing off a garnet he'd found while gold panning with his mother and grandfather the day before in Yale.
But it was the contents of a tiny specimen jar that had this young boy beaming and rambling excitedly with fellow rockhounds. In his first ever gold panning experience this past weekend, he found gold - albeit a small flake.
Hayden - who credits his grandfather with igniting his interest, and thanks his gold-mining uncle in the Yukon for helping fuel that passion - loves talking about rocks and gems. So much so, that last year he started a mineral club in his school in Newton.
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