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Summer Field Trip August 3-5, Mt. Blue State Park

The annual GSM summer field trip will be held at Mt. Blue State Park on the weekend of August 3rd – 5th, and the trips will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday we will hike Bald Mountain (Washington Plantation) led by Doug Reusch to exa

mine the outstanding bedrock exposures along the ascent. Recent detailed mapping projects in this area reveal the presence of multiple faults that offer clues to the origin and deformation of the Seboomook Formation at this location. The Sunday trip will be to examine a few gravel operations along the Sandy River between Phillips and Strong, which is within the upper most extent of the late-glacial marine transgression of this region.

Mt. Blue is one of the busy parks with many visitors during summer, and because of that we will not be camping at an official group campsite, but rather at the park headquarters where there are some open fields; there is potable water available there, and outhouses, but no showers. For those who would prefer to camp at Webb Lake (where there are bathroom facilities and showers), reservations must be done at least two days ahead of your arrival. Please call in your individual campsite reservations early to the park; call 1-800-332-1501 in Maine; if outside Maine call (207) 624-9950, or reserve on-line now at www.campwithme.com for the weekend. If you are travelling a long distance, be aware that you must arrive at the campground before 10:00 PM to enter.

We will have a group bar-b-que at the Kawanhee Inn (http://www.maineinn.net/) on Saturday night, August 4 at 5 pm. Dinner will include pulled pork, hamburgers, hot dogs,with green and pasta salads, at a cost of $10/person. A cash bar will be available at the Inn. Meal reservations must be made with Tom Weddle (Thomas.K.Weddle@maine.gov) no later than 7/21.

We hope to see you at Mt. Blue State Park in August!