Today was an amazing day weather-wise so we went off on a 140 mile road/field trip to Keweenaw County. Thematically it was linked to both the geology of the area and its early pioneering history. We visited Brockway Mountain and talked about the Portage Lake volcanic series that created the various ridges that run the length of the peninsula. Then we stopped at the Copper Harbor Lighthouse to discuss “cuperiferous” veins and the legendary “Green Rock” that Douglas Houghton discussed in his geologic reports of the 1840’s. Stops at Eagle Harbor and Eagle River followed to talk about the importance of commercial villages and how they linked the early copper mines (like Cliff) to the outside world. You should have seen the fish in Eagle River lining up to tackle the waterfall there. You could have crossed the river on their backs. Our last stop was at Gay to see the impressive tailings (stamp sands) of the Mohawk and Wolverine mills.
Tomorrow is looking like more mapping exercises on campus followed by a trip to Cliff to lay out our excavation units at the mill. We should be breaking ground early next week.