Lake Superior Agates
Growing up my younger sister was quite a little collector. She would regularly come home with pockets full of rocks and proudly show the family her treasures. Unique colors, neat shapes and interesting designs was how she would deem a rock worthy of her collection. Some of these rocks really were quite impressive actually, so impressive in fact that they piqued my dads interest enough that he went out and got a tumbler and rock cutter. This support in a little girls hobby quickly turned into one that took over the whole family – we became rock hunters!
Agates were of course the most sought after. The 6 of us would pile into the boat and take off from Nipigon onto Lake Superior to the treasure trove – Agate Island. After combing the beach we would wet our stones in the Lake to envision how they will look once polished. Some were large and often unassuming but once my dad cut them open it revealed a dazzling quartz cavern inside.
You begin to develop an eye and touch for seeking out these unique banded stones. I could pin point an agate anywhere I went and would often come home with pockets full myself. As we grew older, the family’s rock hunting waned though my dad never lost his love for geology and the practice of taking seemingly ordinary rocks and transforming them into precious shiny stones. My siblings and I still have our own cherished collections to this day.