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NSR, April 3rd

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BudB
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I made a trip to the NSR today and had a blast. Let me say up front that I am a rank beginner, and this was my first real fossil hunting trip, unless you count a visit to Mineral Wells Fossil Park with a bucket a few weeks ago. It was a dark day, but I was afraid if I waited, the next round of rain would have the river too high. I found some cool stuff. I'll be starting a thread in the ID forum for help identifying things. I'd especially like to know about the femur and tooth I found, so if any NSR experts can help out, I'd appreciate it. Some random thoughts on today's trip:

 

1. NSR is one of the coolest places I've ever been. I get why it's so liked and popular. I'm going to visit it as many times as I can this year before it's a lake.

 

2. Those steps were made for someone who's 6'6". Lets see a show of hands of who can traverse them making steps like regular steps. I could to it, but I had to shift my (full) pants pocket to one side to make such a giant step. And they end before the river bottom. Getting up that muddy bank on a rainy day to get to the first step is no small task.

 

3. I would have liked to hike much further up the river than I did, but with more rain expected, it seemed prudent to not wander more than a mile from the bridge. I was happy I was still able to find cool stuff, even without a long hike.

 

4. It got cold! My forecast in Gun Barrel City didn't call for anything lower than 60 degrees today, and it was 60 something when I arrived, but I noticed it kept getting colder, and by the time I got back to my van at 12:45, it was 44 degrees. That's too cold for wading a river!

 

5. I brought home more insignificant stuff than I should have. Is that a beginner thing?

 

6. I'm an old guy (69 on Sunday), but fit (still average 100 miles a week on a bicycle, and have for many years). Fit or not, I'm too old to be making trips like this by myself. So, I'd enjoy joining someone else who's going to NSR. I don't mind separating and searching on my own in the river, just take a moment before you leave to make sure I haven't fallen and broken a hip.

 

7. If I find something bigger than this, I'm going to need a bigger bag.

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BudB
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Lots of petrified wood to be found.

 

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Lots of different kinds of shells.

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Not the kind of tooth I was looking for, but I still thought it was cool.

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The femur wasn't the only bone I found.

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This bark wasn't petrified, but it had obviously been there a long time. Look at the stuff attached.

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hadrosauridae

I think somethings wrong, I cant see any of the pics.

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BudB

Google photo links don't work here, I guess. I uploaded to imgur. In the future, I'll attach here.

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Mark Kmiecik
On 4/3/2020 at 7:27 PM, BudB said:

Google photo links don't work here, I guess. I uploaded to imgur. In the future, I'll attach here.

Uploading jpeg images directly to your post is good practice. If you want to know why just look at a few of the early posts in the ID section. You would like to see what the person found, but the photo link is to a location that no longer exists. It's frustrating and you don't learn much from the post. Doubly so if a positive ID has been made of something rare but you have no idea of how it looks.

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