by Amalia Doebbert, President
On the graduate Geoclub’s 2008 annual fall outing, nineteen students (and one spouse) ventured up to the Door Peninsula guided by field trip leader Andy Leaf.
As always, the goal was to introduce our new grad students to some Wisconsin geology and for everyone get to know each other along the way. Funding for the trip was generously provided by BP. In order to work around the early GSA meeting, we scheduled the trip for mid-October and lucked-out with a weekend of perfect summer-like weather and spectacular peak fall colors.
Featured geology included the Niagara Escarpment, Silurian dolomite and associated karst features, the Maquoketa shale, giant stabilized sand dunes at Whitefish Dunes State Park, and the Two Creeks Buried Forest.
Some of the geology we sought turned out to be elusive, leading to a certain amount of driving in circles and hunting through bluffside vegetation for outcrop. However, we also discovered a fantastic “new” roadcut we hadn’t expected, so perhaps it all evened out in the end. Fantastic campfire music, a midnight hike along Lake Michigan, an orchard market, Sweetie Pies pie shop, and a brief stop at a lighthouse were some of the non-geological highlights. We all had fun, which was really the point, and even learned a thing or two along the way.
Originally published in The Outcrop for 2008, UW-Madison Department of Geology and Geophysics, p. 11.