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This year I pulled the trigger on heading to Penn Dixie for the Dig With the Experts weekend! Definitely would highly recommend . I drove up from Boston to the Buffalo area on Thursday and spent the day Friday digging with @Malcolmt and @JamesAndTheFossilPeach. It was a blast! Thanks again guys for giving me a lay of the land. Credit to @JamesAndTheFossilPeach for the find of the day with a giant Eldredgeops (pic below). Saturday and Sunday were spent looking for trilobites in the roped off Dig With the Experts section of excavated shale with some success. Monday I drove back to Boston, and stopped to stretch my legs in Glenerie, NY to walk a stretch of road looking for Devonian brachiopods and gastropods. Got a couple! All in all, a great trip... although I'm nice and sore . Here are my takeaways from the weekend. I tried to get a bit of the entire Penn Dixie Ecosystem keeping at least one of everything and as many trilobites as I could find. I wish I took more pictures Saturday and Sunday, but I was too busy splitting shale . Cheers, Barret
I know some TFF members will be at Penn Dixie for the "dig with the experts" weekend coming up. I'll be there with my oldest on Saturday and the other two kids will catch up with us on Sunday. Who else will be there? https://penndixie.org/dig-with-the-experts/
Yep! This is a few months late, but I figure better late than never! I had to retake and resize these photos today. So here they are. I arrived in town Thursday so that I could rest(11 hour drive) and hit a few places before the dig on Saturday. I hunted Friday at a spot I was told about last time I was in the area but, the weather and other issues did not allow it at the time. This site was beautiful with shale walls here and there with large concretions protruding out. I was told the concretions are where the complete trilobites were, but were extremely hard. Well, this was an understatement lol. I forgot my 5lb sledge in the truck and my little 22oz Eastwing was no match for these concretions so I moved on. I walked up stream where I found an area that had these little guys eroding out everywhere. (All measurements are in cm.) I packed some up and moved on. A little ways down, I found a small outcrop of shale exposed along the creek. I split a few pieces with nothing inside and then on my last piece of shale I revealed this. The other half fragmented and fell into the creek. I saw what was there and looked down and realized my other pieces were gone. My first complete Greenops sp. would have to wait. I packed up my trilobit and moved on. I walked for about 30 minutes without finding a thing, but I could hear what sounded like a faint on going roar. I kept walking and came upon this. It wasn't what I was looking for, but I did enjoy it and stayed there soaking it in.