May 20-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: May: May 20-01
Holding the U.P. in our hands    ...scroll down to share comments
photo by Rose Riemer, IV

Charlie Hopper, Michigan's U.P. on Sunday, May 20, 2001 - 09:27 pm:

I've got to hand it to Rose - she just keep getting better and better. Our goal on the Pasty Cam is to bring a glimpse of life in the U.P., and with this shot she enables us to reach out and touch it.

One by one we have a growing lineup of great Upper Michigan photograpers contributing to this site, both professional and a host of wonderful guest shots. Rose Riemer started as a guest, but has definitely earned a spot among the regulars.

Today's photo brings back memories of prospecting along the shore, skipping stones, and coming home with treasures year after year from summer vacations. We collected jars full of Keweenaw rocks over the years, and when our family moved here in 1988 to live year round, those rocks came back with us.

I hadn't thought about that in years. Thanks, Rose.

By Tricia, OH on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 12:35 pm:

Nice picture!

I have a bowlful of those Keweenaw rocks here at work to remind me of beautiful, faraway places when things get too crazy here. (if they get too bad, I could always throw them at someone!)Also a great reminder that July is coming soon, when I get to vacation in the Keweenaw!

By Taka on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 01:46 pm:

You have long nails, haha^^

By Alice, California on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 02:12 pm:

Any agates or Petosky stones in the bunch?

By Bonnie Foss, WI on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 06:21 pm:

I have a 'few' Upper Michigan stones I've collected over the years. .they are most attractive when found on a sunny day in the UP because the sun shining on the wet rocks brings
out so many beautiful colors. When my daughter was a little girl, she saw me collecting rocks, so she started to fill her little pail. When she went to pick it up - she couldn't lift it! She just about fell over from the surprise of the weight. Just another wonderful memory of visits to the 'land' of my family's history! Thanks for the picture. . .

By The neighbor kid on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 07:41 pm:

I recall finding a "rock" on Superior's shore, a milky white stone with what appeared to be wire within it. Fascinated by the prospect of my extra-terrestrial find, I saved the rock, and many years after finding it, I had the chance to ask a bonafide geologist about my discovery. Turns out, my stone is actually a piece of wire reinforced window glass from an ore carrier, the sharp edges worn smooth by water. So much for E.T.
P.S. My spouse used to save rocks like these in her pillow.

By Keith Cadman, MI on Monday, May 21, 2001 - 11:38 pm:

No agates or Petoskey stones but I think I see a bit of thomsonite on one of them. Glad to learn we are not alone in bringing rocks home from vacations. We use some of them to decorate a 40 gallon fish tank.

By Paul - Davenport, IA on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 12:10 am:

i agree with taka ^^. Those rocks are neat-o.

i hope summer is agreeing with you rose =o)

By susan hooker on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 05:44 pm:

My mother was a great 'rock hound' and she had a polishing tumbler and we had jars full of polished rocks. The ones I now have in my bubbler fountain date back to the 60s and have been to Germany and Japan and all over the US. We Yoopers sure are a funny bunch :)

By Lisa Inks, MD on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 06:55 pm:

I just visited this site for the first time and I have to comment. I'm glad to see that I am not as crazy as I first thought. I am from Baltimore, Maryland, and have been working in the UP on a four month contract from February to June. I can't believe I got talked into coming here in February! But it is beautiful and since the snow melted LAST MONTH I have done a lot of weekend exploring. My souvenirs include about a dozen or so small rocks. When my mother learned I had packed some rocks to bring back home, she exclaimed "isn't your suitcase heavy enough? It already feels like you have rocks in those bags. Imagine the look on the airport baggage handlers' faces if your suitcase is opened and they actually find ROCKS!" It made me laugh to see that I am not the only one who finds these rocks beautiful and memory-stirring. Thanks to the Yoopers for four great months.

By Curt B. phoenix az on Wednesday, May 23, 2001 - 02:04 pm:

When we moved to the desert, we brought a box of rocks we collected all over Michigan. From Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior.
They are in a Rock garden we made in our back yard.
Seeing them in their natural habitat brings back a lot of good memories.

By Grandpa in NE Wis. on Thursday, May 24, 2001 - 10:06 pm:

Those pretty hands are attached to a younger sister of Rose, Rose's are busy taking the nice picture. Ths sister is also a Bioengineer, but near Toronto. Rose followed her Uncle Jack in Engineering at MTU, and then Grandma and Grandpa made many trips to Houghton, Eagle River to pick agets, copper bearing stones, and many trips to the beautiful Isle Royale Nat'l Park to hike and pick blue berry agets. All beautiful and of full enjoyment.

By Robert and Annemarie Fitzgerald, North Carolina on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 05:49 pm:

We just returned to NC after spending a couple of weeks in Michigan. On of the most enjoyable times was spent spraying water on stones while laying along the beach in Petosky. We were in search for the "Petosky Stone". We found a bunch and now we want to polish them. Any suggestions?????

By Bob Jewell from Farmington Hills on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 10:53 pm:

Look at for Petoskey stone info.

By TD on Monday, April 12, 2004 - 08:17 am:

hard to be living in arizona, when my heart is firmly back in michigan, laying on my belly looking at the rocks...

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