Blackcloud870 wrote:I will say that so far, Woody's souvenir is the most unique and thoughtful that I've seen with a traveling decoy to date. I'm not sure how I can/will match that. I will let Woody tell you all what he sent along with the deek. It's actually pretty neat so, well done Woodrow
My addition to Ginger's collection of "party favors" was a "piece of Michigan" and her glorious shore lines.
An unpolished Petoskey Stone (the state stone of Michigan) along with a short article detailing the history/geology of Petoskey Stones. As far as I know Petoskey Stones are unique to Michigan, i could be wrong though.
For those who don't know what a Petoskey Stone is...
A Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in the northwestern (and some in the northeastern) portion of Michigan's lower peninsula. In those same areas of Michigan, complete fossilized coral colony heads can be found in the source rocks for the Petoskey stones.
Petoskey stones are found in the Gravel Point Formation of the Traverse Group. They are fragments of a coral reef that was originally deposited during the Devonian period.  When dry, the stone resembles ordinary limestone but when wet or polished using lapidary techniques, the distinctive mottled pattern of the six-sided coral fossils emerges. It is sometimes made into decorative objects. Other forms of fossilized coral are also found in the same location.
Polished or wet^^