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#1 John Hamilton

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:21 PM

I called George at the Aurora Fossil Museum last week to ask when the new spoils were going to be delivered. He told me that five piles had been delivered to the main pit and more was on the way. After I got off the phone I decided I would make the trip to Aurora on Saturday, 1/29/2012 which couldn't get here quick enough. I had mentally prepared myself for for dealing with the sticky mess that goes with the fresh material. But nothing could prepare me for quagmire that the heavy rains had created on Friday. Needless to say I sucked it up and had fun getting muddy with my wife and children. Here are a few pics of our finds. We found a little bit of everything from worm: worm tubes, barnacles, verts, coprolite, makos, hemis, tigers and sand tigers. I also brought home ten buckets to screen on rainy days.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:45 PM

yay!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 05:48 AM

If it's wet it's no fun!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:08 AM

Road trip!

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:33 AM

Looks like you had a great time... i never been to Aurora do they let you bring back a pickup load of material ??? always up for a road trip.... to a new place...

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:17 AM

Definitely road trip!
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:34 AM

Looks like you had a great time... i never been to Aurora do they let you bring back a pickup load of material ??? always up for a road trip.... to a new place...


I usually bring back a few bucket fulls. A truck bed full would be frowned upon.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:39 AM

Ha ha, besides, do you know how long it takes to screen, wash and dry a truckload of pungo!?!? Ha ha.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:43 AM

I've often dreamed of bringing my own water source so I could sift/wash right there on the spot. Of course it would make a mess, but I still think about how I could do it. I'd have to have some sort of reservoir holding tank with a 100 gallons of water or more, and a hose, and...well, maybe its not a practical idea after all.

I also wondered if they could get the Fire Dept to go over and wash the pile down, but I guess the rains do that naturally after a while.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:50 AM

Hey Daryl, I saw a guy walking the piles one day with a pump/jug of water with a hose, like those you use to spray ant poison. But it was just water. He refilled it a couple times. Not a bad idea really, but then again, is the work worth the hassle of hauling all that around... I once thought about bringing over a Bin, filling it up with water, and screening in the bin. My first day ever in Aurora, was on a "pouring down rain" day in February. I actually started screening away in mud puddles... The rain was a little annoying, but being in a gore-tex coat and wearing waders probably looked pretty odd as well. At least I stayed dry!
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:07 AM

I thought on the 4 hour plus ride back i would let my wife screen in the bed of the pick up ha..... :Bananasaur:

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:08 PM

I thought on the 4 hour plus ride back i would let my wife screen in the bed of the pick up ha..... :Bananasaur:


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:12 PM

You got the wrong idea! Let the wife drive while you screen. :D
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:00 PM

I thought on the 4 hour plus ride back i would let my wife screen in the bed of the pick up ha..... :Bananasaur:


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 02:04 PM

Hey Daryl, I saw a guy walking the piles one day with a pump/jug of water with a hose, like those you use to spray ant poison. But it was just water. He refilled it a couple times. Not a bad idea really, but then again, is the work worth the hassle of hauling all that around... I once thought about bringing over a Bin, filling it up with water, and screening in the bin. My first day ever in Aurora, was on a "pouring down rain" day in February. I actually started screening away in mud puddles... The rain was a little annoying, but being in a gore-tex coat and wearing waders probably looked pretty odd as well. At least I stayed dry!


Mike, I considered the small tank sprayer idea too, but figured I'd run out of water to quick, and not be able to wash much surface off either. I'd love to dive down to get some more material, but I still have a ton of buckets from last year to wash and sort through.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

I was down there on sunday and there were still just 5 piles in the front. The back is empty. They have been empty for a week. I sure hope PCS and the town get on the same page and get that place filled up. Just seems like PCS has forgotten all about us collectors whose hard work and calls and petitions helped them get the permits they needed.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:24 AM

Are these spoil piles brought to the museum?

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:02 AM

Yes these piles are placed just accross the street from the museum. They are available for anyone to stop by and look through or to get a few buckets to take home. Of course patronizing the museum is always appreciated. :)

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:23 AM

Yes these piles are placed just accross the street from the museum. They are available for anyone to stop by and look through or to get a few buckets to take home. Of course patronizing the museum is always appreciated. :)

Thanks, obssesed1. I would love to make that trip and bring a little gravel home with me.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 11:22 AM

One word of caution.... if you are hauling the gravel inside a car be sure to use buckets with tight fitting lids. Once a bucket full of that gravel gets dumped in the intierior of your car you will never get it all out.




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