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hello all sorry no photos yesterday was my 19th trip to Big Brook and i decided to brave the elements despite the forecast (actually i look at 2 weather sites and their forecasts were completely different) No lightning and only 45 minutes of rain i have been looking at alternative ways to access Big Brook beyond just the Preserve. Yesterday i hit the Kovalski Tributary and a couple of even smaller streams feeding that. The highlight of my search was my first coprolite. A few shark teeth, crab claws, a fragmocone, and a bone fragment but definitely not good pickings compared to Big Brook within the Preserve. What i found the most of was garbage; metal, plastic and mostly glass and i must have carried out 10-15 pounds. But, bottom line, any day there is a good day. 7am til 12 noon and did not see or hear a single person. Perfect Covid activity. 45 minute drive each way, just me and the Grateful Dead. Just costs gas & tolls . And i get to forget politics or work or any other distractions and be "totally in the moment". Already looking forward to next saturday's trip and daydreaming about the great stuff i will find
AK hiker posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsWishbone Hill by Sutton, Alaska is an old coal strip mine area so unfortunately a lot of trash, motorized recreation and shooting. Did I mention shooting? On the drive in will pass where trees have been shot so much they have fallen down, I should have taken a picture of that as for about an 1/8th of a mile 50 trees have been cut down by bullets. My wife, dogs and I did an eight mile round trip day hike first with the strip mine visible in the background. There is road access to the mine area and fossil collecting is allowed. Wishbone Hill with the notch in middle for reference later too where the plant fossil pictures were taken. Above tree line Eska Falls Day Hike. Really a nice trail but need 4 wheel drive to access the trail head. This petrified log is on the west end of the cut Petrified log Back to the truck just in time! This is the upper part of the Chickaloon Formation, a Tertiary deposit. There area multiple papers online if interested in the history and geology. These pictures were taken in a 20 minute walk. The two bigger petrified logs are visible on the middle cut. If you visit sorry about all the trash, not proud of the shape this area is in. The last time I was there was 20 years ago and not any better then. If you like to shoot bring your guns, you will fit right in!
Crazy story... I recently started work with the Port of Miami in Florida, while at work and on a brake i was hiding from the rain that we usually get here every day, and walking around day dreaming about fossils since I haven't hunted in years, when all of a sudden I see this weird looking flat spiral shape in a puddle next to a garbage bin, I thought to my self that there's no way that it might be a fossil, I must be losing it and seeing things,must be some sort of metal washer or garbage but decided to give it a better look... and there it was , an ammonite in the most unlikeliest places, I snatched it pretty fast and put it in my pocket. I thought someone had it as a pendant and lost it but after 5 mins I decided to go back and give it another look.... and there it was, another one and then a trilobite and after that a horn coral, there were broken pieces scattered all over the pavement that led to a garbage bin so of course I had to look inside and there were more broken and whole pieces of different sorts of Moroccan fossils that were wrapped at one point in a Moroccan newspaper. I eventually jumped in and picked up as much as I could, handfuls of broken shark teeth, some minerals, orthoceras, etc. Most of them were completely broken and beyond repair or restoration, a.k.a dust. Some even ended up in the gutter but managed to get my hand in there and save whatever I could. I took a photo of the best pieces, hope this makes it in the " Fossil of the Month " ;).