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  1. This trip started out in Tacoma Washington. Our first stop was Centralia WA. Supposedly there were marine sediments 35 million years old that encompassed bivalves, gastropods and some other small marine life. Of course I have another spot near my house with a similar variety of fossils so I was less interested. None the less I spent 2 hours there looking through clay and checking if I could see any siltstone or shale. Unfortunately I did not find anything here. The next stop was near Portland Oregon in Butte Creek where there have been numerous whale teeth and some other vertebrate fossils. I of course was certain that collecting vertebrates was also illegal in Oregon so I skipped out on keeping anything I found. I came up dry again in Butte creek after an hour of looking. Next I searched Myrtle Creek Oregon briefly as it was getting dark. I didn't see much there, however there could have been plenty that I simply missed in the dark. (also I only looked for 15 minutes) The next day, I went to Riddle Oregon, where supposedly Jurassic Leaf fossils could be found and also some Bivalves, Gastropods and Ammonites. I skipped looking around the town and went straight to Cow Creek (goes through Riddle) and saw fossils across the water, however during February, there was no chance of me swimming across. The current is quite strong too. It also was loaded with private property signs and we even saw a guy looking back at us with a rifle over his shoulder. That is when we left. We heard about Ashland and the great cretaceous formations off the road at I-5 near Klamath Mountain. We traveled up there but found Nada. In California we searched along Gazelle Road and found a few possible corals. Gazelle Callahan Road is Silurian. I got permission from a land owner to search along his property. On the way back we stayed at a motel in Medford. Planning for the day tomorrow I read on PDFs that I was checking the wrong spot along I-5 for the cretaceous fossils south of Ashland. I plotted exactly where they were on maps and got ready to go the next morning. When I arrived at the mountain pass, it had snowed at least 2 - 3 feet. There was no way I was finding anything. Disappointed, we left to go back to Riddle, When I arrived in Riddle, I decided to search the town for Jurassic - Cretaceous fossils. While searched a road cut near town, I found some Bivalves called Buchia (according to the formation species guide) This was the only spot where I did end up finding fossils unfortunately but I did want to share what I found. I still have a whole whiteboard full of fossils I have yet to go through so I couldn't upload all my finds. Riddle Oregon was actually packed with fossils if you look closely. Thanks for reading : )
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