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  1. Howdy folks. I just got back from yet another fossil hunting trip and am very sore, very tired and very beat up. Its always been nice to get back from any of my fossil hunting trips and get all cleaned up, have a nice dinner and sleep in a real bed but these last few trips, 2 trips this year to the GRF and now this last one to Washington, but this is the first trip ive done that I was wishing to be home before I even got to our first site! This last trip was planned for 6 or 7 days but I was back home at the end of the forth day! I sometimes was gone for 2 or 3 weeks but this getting older and being fat and out of shape, a bad back and this dang stroke has really slowed me down. My mind says gooooooooo,, but my body says, noooooooooo!!! Ha! Im supposed to go to South Dakota in 7 days but right now I dont have it in me to go? This last trip may have been my last. RB
  2. Fossil Hunting Locations

    Hey all! Im kind of new to fossil hunting, but in the 4 months I've been obsessed with it and have amassed a fair collection of local byrozoans, brachiopods, bivalves, and crinoids. But recently Ive been kind of short of fossil rich places and was wondering if you guys could give me some great locations within like 20ish minutes of Overland Park. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in trading trips to fossil collecting sites. I want to go hunt fossils in the Peace River next Feburary, in return I can provide a collecting trip to Sharktooth hill (or a bunch of STH fossils). Anyone interested?
  4. Future Fossil Trips

    Hello all. There are a few fossil finding locations I hope to go to soon. Number 1 on my list is some Cretaceous dig site in South Carolina, probably somewhere near or in a river. I haven't worked out an exact location yet, but I will be going soon. If anyone has any creek, river, or quarry they suggest I should go to, let me know. Number two is Texas. I will be going all around Texas, and possibly to the Grand Canyon. I will look for some creeks or quarries I can go to to look for fossils, presumably before the KPG mass extinction. If anyone has a good fossil finding location, let me know. Last on my list is Lake Huron. I went to Lake Huron over the summer, and while my cousin played in the water, I stayed on the shore to look for fossils with my grandfather, and boy did we find a lot of them! We mostly found shells and corals, but we did find a burrow of one of those coil-shelled worms. I also found a crinoid shell. Next time I go, I hope to find the actual worm shell! A geologist said he found a dinosaur tooth there, but it must have been the tooth of something else. I am also going to other places, but at the moment, I'm not sure where. I will keep you guys updated!
  5. So today Ive went down to the bay that I was planning to find fossils in for awhile, only to come back empty handed (I couldnt reach any of the shale quarries and just decided that its layers are too flat to house fossils anyways). Being a Palos Verdean, There are small pockets of quarries which are generaly unprotected by preserves (usually alongside roads, sometimes beaches). Palos Verdes has a rich history of Miocene-Quarternary fossils, but much of the fossiliferous zones are protected by preserves. Because I cant really go far just to find fossils, I can only hunt in the small pockets I can find. Ive studied some geological maps and do know where the according-to-theory fossiliferous shale are, I just dont know how exactly to find fossils without destroying the place and getting under a legal flat. Are there any tips and tricks for this kind of fossiling?
  6. Forwarding Luggage

    I was thinking about returning to Penn Dixie sometime next spring after I get settled into my new home this winter but it's a 28 hour drive away from that fine establishment. After some quick research I have come up with a scheme to ship a lot of PD shale encrusted with coral, pyrite, brachiopods, bryozoans, and trilobites from New York to Utah. I'll fly out via round trip from SLC to Buffalo for about $460 and then rather than spend a lot of money on luggage I could just purchase some two large used suitcases at a Goodwill in New York for about $50 (may need to also purchase some duct tape) then use the following service to ship stuff back: https://www.luggageforward.com/excess-baggage-fees/ So travel and shipping for myself and the shale would be about $460 + $50 + $150 = $660 That's not bad. To save even more on cost I could bring my tent with me in my suitcase, rent a car for a few days, and just camp out on the shores of Lake Erie or crash at @DevonianDigger place though I fear if I left any nice trilobites there for the night I may wake up to them missing. Not a bad idea. I'll probably end up preparing some of the trilobites and selling them online to cover the cost of the trip. Unfortunately it takes a solid 6.5-8 hours to fly out to the location so flying out and back will spend up a whole day. Maybe leave on a Tuesday and fly back on Sunday. What are your thoughts? Is this a crazy idea? After some research I'm confident that I can do this. In fact you can even load up your suitcase with rocks in the USA as long as it's a domestic flight. International shipments of rocks is prohibited due to foreign agents (i.e. parasites).
  7. My largest fossil trip I've ever done is underway, I'm going fossil collecting in the Black Hills of South Dakota! Could someone perhaps please tell me what I'm to expect? Thanks!
  8. Finally got my trip report to compress. Hope you enjoy it. 2015 trip report2.pdf
  9. Florida Question

    I am heading to Florida in a few weeks (Venice, Englewood, Sarasota) to do a little fossil hunting/beach combing. In terms of metal detecting, do you ever find anything on the beaches? I find a ton of sharks teeth, bones, etc but what finds often come up on the beaches in this area? Thanks