Weekend at the Cottage and the Rockhound Gemboree

Posted on Aug 02, 2005
I have just returned from the annual Murphy family weekend at my uncle's cottage north of Bancroft. Not that I was ever in doubt, but Nicole fared well against my rather large (and at times overwhelming) extended family on my mom's side.

Nicole and I brought her 4.25 inch telescope and enjoyed much darker skies than we're used to in downtown Toronto. My favorite sightings were the ring nebula, M4, various other globular clusters I can't remember the name of, and one of the brightest shooting stars I've ever seen.

On Saturday, we went to the annual Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree. Basically the event is just a bunch of rock, gem and fossil collectors and businesses gathering together in an arena to trade and show their goods. I took pictures of some of the more interesting rock sightings. We got a neat piece of ulexite (T.V. rock) and an interesting snail fossil (ammonite) that had been cut in half and polished.

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Mike at Chance Cove, NL - photo by Angelina Friskney, http://angelinafriskney.com