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As always, my yearly Florida trip report will be picture heavy and cover a multitude of activities, some of the story line may be embellished with a few (actually many) exaggerations. To begin with, why would any sane person want to leave this countryside behind for the lush greenery that Florida provides? My yearly trip to Florida blessed me in many ways, most importantly, uniting me with our son for a few weeks. My son lives in Bradenton and we had a wonderful time together. Unfortunately, he had to work during much of this period, which left me with ample opportunities to explore what Florida has to offer a fossil enthusiast. Upon arrival, we started our vacation by meeting up with Jack @Shellseeker and his wife for a delightful lunch at a very nice restaurant on Sanibel Island. Jack even presented me with dessert (some wonderful fossils that he had recently found). From there we proceeded northward to Bradenton. The following morning, my wife and I had a shopping list to take care of. I am not a shopper, so when we arrived at Costco, I was ecstatic to see the grounds surrounding the building were not finished and talked Jeanette into leaving me mosey around outside while she shopped. As with most exposures in this area of Florida, fossils abound. In fact, I did find a Megalodon tooth next to the building. (true!) Beat up, but what a way to start this vacation!! In the mornings to come, I took the opportunity to explore various areas in Bradenton where digging had occurred. As always plentiful shells from the Tamiami Formation were discovered. MikeR has graciously agreed to ID them before I post my finds. So, it may be a few weeks before this can be accomplished. But on with the most exciting part of my trip. Jeff @jcbshark and Jack, two guys that I used to call “guides” but now call good friends, allowed me once again to join them in an adventurous Kayak trip deep into the heart of Florida’s interior. We met at the launch just as the sun could be seen shining through the old moss covered oak trees. The beach was beautifully white, the water calm and clear. All indications pointed towards a fun day ahead of us. Jeff on the left, Jack on the right led the way to a secret fossil site. My paddling skills are not anywhere near their level and I headed up the rear. Truth be told, they often had to wait for me to catch up. After having traversed a mile or so, the river began to NARROW.
Looking for like minded individuals who would like to meet up to hunt together and or take short trips to find new areas. I live in the NE Oklahoma area around Grand Lake. SW Missouri and NW Arkansas are both close so any one in those areas I am open. Reply to this thread or PM me and let's meet up. I know of a few areas around here but looking for others.
Hello all I am new to this site as you have seen in the welcome page. I am from Indiana and I'm trying to find spots here in Indiana that my girlfriend and I can go to thats public access. We are learning all this one the run lol. I have always been a fossil guy and I have finally decided its the path I want to take. If any of you have any spots or areas that you recommend please let me know.
This last weekend my wife and I met up with some great people that we met here on TFF. Laurel and Matt are great people who was nice enough to show us around some good spots to hunt and a lot of information that we were just not aware of. I am happy to say that not only did we find some cool stuff, but we met some great people along the way and had a great time. Pics of the finds are below. Note, my wife Melissa was the lucky one finding the 3.2 " angustiden. She always finds the good stuff! Thank you again Laurel and Matt for a great time, we look forward to returning the favor and having you both come to NC to share some of our spots. I could use a little help on the identity of a couple things. 2nd pic, whale tympanic bulla? Also, 2nd pic, below the bulla, bones of some sort?