I signed on to be a collecting assistant
for Arizona geologist George Polman on his 1993 trip to Ontario,
Canada. George provided the airfare but warned me it was going
to be a strenuous trip: we had to hit the ground running, collect
everything on his list with barely any time to eat or sleep.
I would be there to help drive, collect and for safety's sake
out in the wilds. George agreed to pay for my services in fluorescent
minerals. I was allowed to keep a good number of the best specimens
that I found. By the end of the trip, which included stops at
Balmat, New York and Franklin - Sterling Hill, New Jersey, George
and I had gathered up about 800 pounds of fluorescent minerals.
And I'd had the collecting trip of a lifetime!
So, there we were....two regional Vice-Presidents
of the Fluorescent Mineral Society landing in Detroit, Michigan
and driving into eastern Canada. First stop: