Vermont Concretion trip, Sept. 23 rd

It was another beautiful weekend for mineral collecting with 10 CVMC members making the trip to Sharon VT for clay concretions. The day started out cool and a bit overcast, wearing long sleeve shirts and quickly changed to wearing T-shirts, bright sun and temps approaching 80 before noon. We went to 3 of our regular locations with everyone having good luck finding specimens. One of the places is a town Highway department gravel pit that has gotten quite a bit of use this year and has greatly affected the amount of available specimens at that location. The other locations are well known to many collectors and had a noticeable amount of collecting activity by the amount of available specimens. The thing about concretions is that they are easy to collect and usually so abundant you don't think that they will ever run out and you take more than you need. I am guilty of this myself and this is a prime example of how using responsible collecting habits benefit everyone but only if everyone uses them. I think this trip would be better in the spring before the locations get swamped with collectors. The day was great the people had fun being in the field together and plenty of specimens were collected, you can't ask for anything better than that!

Report & photos by: Andrew Brodeur, Trip leader