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One of Jaina's "sparkly, stripey" rocks

GMS Field Trip
Ellijay, GA
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Once again Casey and Terri Sosebee invited us to play in their mountain creek! They went to great lengths to make the trip special. They put signs on the road to help everyone find the entrance, they set up a covered area with electricity for Charles to set up his cabbing units, they had a screened tent with comfy chairs and an oscillating fan where we could relax and cool off, they cleared a nice flat area for cherry seed spitting and bocce ball, and they even set up a private potty complete with hand sanitizer!

As soon as the group arrived, we jumped right into the creek and immediately began finding pretty rocks. Jaina got so good at finding sparkly, stripey rocks (schist, maybe slate) that she ended up helping other people find them too! Juniors quickly completed their customary dam and started an impressive menagerie of critters.

Charles stayed busy face polishing quartzite and jasper straight out of the creek. A quick polish let people know right away how pretty their piece was. Todd Nims and Lawrence Parker also stepped in to polish some rocks.

Junior Section chair Chrissy Nell-Dybdahl arranged a lively contest of cherry seed spitting. Juniors chomped on some cherries and launched those pits! Nik won first place, Shawn won second, and Stella and Ryan shared third place. The adults got into the contest too. Charles used his endless supply of hot air to propel a pit to an impressive distance that was unchallenged for most of the contest. Then Lawrence stepped up. One big puff and that pit sailed past Charles’ mark to a first place win! Charles was second and Larry Clere was third.

Speaking of Larry, he and Pam brought their bocce ball set. They marked out a bocce ball court and taught us how to play. It was a lively game until we had to call the game on account of rain. I’m sure the teams are ready for a rematch.

We can’t thank Casey and Terri enough for making this a memorable trip. They were incredibly gracious and accommodating. Their mountain creek is a perfect place for a field trip in the summer. The trees are not only beautiful, but they provide shade and keep us comfortable all day. Thanks to Chrissy for doing such a fantastic job with the seed spitting contest as well as Larry and Pam for the bocce ball game too!

Lori Carter
On behalf of Charles Carter, GMS Field Trip Chair
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Thanks to Casey and Terri!

Photos by Lori Carter

We can't thank Casey and Terri enough for inviting us to their beautiful place!
Casey and Terri went to great lengths to make this a great trip:
they put signs on the road to help us find the way in,
they set up a tent with electricity for Charles to face polish rocks,
they set up a screened tent with chairs and an oscillating fan for cooling off and relaxing,
they cleared the area so we could spit cherry seeds and play bocce ball,
and they even set up a private potty tent complete with hand sanitizer!

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Into the Creek!

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Everyone jumped right in!
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Juniors gathered rocks for their customary dam building
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Master dam builder
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Completed dam
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Looking for pretty rocks
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Beth found rocks right along the banks
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Joseph wanted to show me what he found
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The water felt so good and it was full of pretty rocks!
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New members had no trouble finding rocks...
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...just put your hand in the cool water and pull out a pretty rock!
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Jaina's sparkly, stripey rocks; some with garnets

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Jaina got so good at finding these rocks she was helping everyone else find them!
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Jaina's dad, Chad, found this weathered quartz
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Jaina found a nice weathered piece and Chad found a tourmaline specimen
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Close-up of Chad's tourmaline
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Eli was showing off the rocks he found
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Close-up of Eli's rocks

Face Polishing

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Field trip chair Charles Carter brought his portable cabbing units to face polish pieces for everyone
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Charles was very busy polishing!
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Zak was mentally taking notes about cabbing
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A quick polish revealed the beauty of this rock
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This quartzite glowed after a quick polish
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John was very happy with his find
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Another piece that Charles polished
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Some garnets from the area. Charles polished the one on the right.
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A raw piece of quartzite straight out of the creek and broken open to see inside
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The other half of the rock above after a quick face polish

Cherry Seed Spitting Contest

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Delicious cherries ready to go!
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Shawn launched a seed while other juniors watched
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Stella spitting hard while Junior Chair Chrissy watches to see where the seed lands
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Nik giving it his all
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Eli got in the game too
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Stella reloaded...
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...and launched another seed!
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Nik got first place!
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Shawn got second place!
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Ryan tied for third place!
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Stella tied for third place!
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Callie missed the contest but got into the game anyway!
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Ptooey!
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Larry loading up a cherry seed
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New members Tim and Jenny were up next
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Charles "blew away" the competition with this seed
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Diane was a good sport and managed a respectable distance
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Look how far it went!
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Then Lawrence loaded up...
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...wound up...
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...and blew past Charles!
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The Happy Winners!

Junior Fun

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Juniors found several crawfish, minnows, salamanders,
and an unfortunate worm that was consumed by one of the crawfish

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Photos by Lori Carter

Stella and Ryan became instant best buds

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Bocce Ball

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Larry and Pam brought their bocce ball set and taught us how to play!

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Beautiful Place!

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The creek is a beautiful place, full of fascinating flora and fauna

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Casey built this cute covered bridge with salvaged materials
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Terri said Dawn Redwood trees like this one were found in the fossil record before modern specimens were found!
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Boulders in the creek were covered with this pretty greenery
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One of the Nims' found this huge spider
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Casey found this cicada molt on the screened tent. He found the live cicada too
and kept it in the tent for us but it escaped before I got a good picture of it!
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Nice caterpillar!
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Crawfish and salamanders!

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Photos by Lori Carter

Some kind of modern trace, maybe worm?

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