My lovely wife and I went on a guided tour of the Maine Gem and Mineral Museum. https://mainemineralmuseum.org/
The gems and minerals were interesting and all, but the meteorite collection really blew me away. There are bits of the moon and Mars that were knocked into space due to massive asteroid strikes. Some of those bits made it to earth and survived the entry into the atmosphere. The museum collection has more moon rock than NASA. How cool is that?
They even let you hold a piece of the moon and a piece of Mars. How often can anyone do that? What really blew me away was the meteorite that’s over 7 billion years old. Our solar system is 4.5 billion years old. It’s literally older than dirt. You can even touch a piece of it.
Good road trip.
I’ve an update on the friends and family in Florida. Most have gotten back to us. All in all they did very well. It’s funny how these things turn out sometimes. One of our friends had minor house damage from a fallen tree. One block over a neighbor’s house was completely destroyed.