Where should I start? The 10 day August trip to Thunder Bay and back again was a blast. We all returned with enough minerals and memories to last through the winter (or at least until our trip to the Adirondacks in September!).
But first and foremost: Just as the 1959 stamp Issue in the header was a joint issue of the USA and Canada, this trip was a two country trip with WCGMC and the Niagara Peninsula Geological Society (NPGS) of St. Catharine’s, Ontario. Those of us from WCGMC thank NPGS for allowing us to join them, and in particular to their field trip leader Ashley Pollock, who planned the itinerary and set up the many visits requiring permission and outside leadership.
The NPGS portion of the trip included five plus days and more than fifteen great sites from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to just west of Thunder Bay. Amethyst in Thunder Bay was the highlight, but we collected fluorite at two locations, silver at another, Mary Ellen jasper, banded iron formation (see featured image), and all sorts of neat rocks at wonderful Lake Superior stone beachs. We were led to an old mine site by Jerry White of the Ontario Geological Society where we even found visible gold. Matt Weiler found a piece with both gold and brightly fluorescent scheelite.
WCGMC members took our time getting to and from Sault Ste. Marie adding several stops along a northern route through Sudbury, Ontario on the way and in Michigan (yes Petoskey stones) on the way home. There is way to much to report on in one note in one newsletter so you can expect to see stories and pictures from the trip throughout the winter.
Retired, collecting minerals and stamps, growing flowers and vegetables, and when the spirit moves, toying with technology