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Tidgy's Dad

I am in tears reading this. 

Oh, my goodness, Doren would have been so happy. 

Thank you so much, my friend.  

 

 

 

 

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Top Trilo

I really enjoyed reading about your time with Sara, thanks for taking us along by explaining and showing pictures of everything.

Its going to be difficult for JP to follow.

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Darktooth

@minnbuckeye Mike, you did a wonderful job hosting Sara!

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minnbuckeye
14 hours ago, Darktooth said:

you did a wonderful job hosting Sara!

@Darktooth, based on the stories she told me of being out on the town until 2 am every night, I would say you also were a wonderful host (if Sara is over 21)

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41 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

@Darktooth, based on the stories she told me of being out on the town until 2 am every night, I would say you also were a wonderful host (if Sara is over 21)

What happens in New York, stays in New York.:rolleyes:

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minnbuckeye
1 hour ago, Darktooth said:

What happens in New York, stays in New York.:rolleyes:

What happens in New York stays in New York AND Minnesota!

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26 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

What happens in New York stays in New York AND Minnesota!

:ighappy:

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Pagurus
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On 5/4/2022 at 3:04 PM, Darktooth said:

Yo, ho, ho and a bottle o' rum!

 

Yo, ho, ho, there be a battle ragin' 'bout Doren's Treasure an' Darktooth the Pirate. Two weeks yet till the finish. Captain Darktooth be lookin' fer new recruits!

 

 

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Aye, an' a mighty Thank-you to me dear friend @Pagurus fer soundin' thee alarm! An' fer those o' ye lookin' to gander at what Cap'n Darktooth be given as a prize, be sure to check out thee contest as I be posted pics in just a few minutes. And please remember that the prize is what the good Cap'n took from his good friend Sara the Ceratopsian's plunder, as her ship t'was ready to sink by the weight of her treasure!

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Tidgy's Dad

Does anyone have any idea where Sara is at the moment, please?

Mike? @minnbuckeye

Starting to get worried. 

Again. Gaah!.gif.b98353479fce262cfd91ed4b00edcf7a.gif

 

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minnbuckeye

@Tidgy's Dad    She is with @jpc. By the way, your Platteville Strophomena are on their way

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1 hour ago, minnbuckeye said:

@Tidgy's Dad    She is with @jpc. By the way, your Platteville Strophomena are on their way

Wow! 

Thank you, that's brilliant news. 

So, Sara has arrived safely with @jpc

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mr.cheese

I enjoyed reading that thank you for everyone who hosts Sara!

 

Wish I could have had a chat with Cal, he seems like a nice guy, I think he had just passed when I joined the forum.

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Tidgy's Dad

And Doren's legacy continues in many forms.

Tidgy won a competition launched by Dave @Darktooth to reduce the weight of the fossils travelling with Sara. 

Her prize arrived safely yesterday. 

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Tidgy is delighted! 

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thelivingdead531

@minnbuckeyeyour fossil barn is the stuff of dreams. You have a whole barn!! I’m so glad Sara had a great time with you!

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fifbrindacier
On 5/20/2022 at 6:07 PM, minnbuckeye said:

On Sunday, Sara and I took  part in an excursion with  the Cedar Valley Rock and Mineral Club of Iowa. We met up with "Marv", our club's commander in chief, early that morning and listened to the extensive instructions on safety protocol that needed to be followed to hunt in this area. Marv explained hardhats and steel toed shoes are a must to join in the fun. Sara looked so sad when she heard this, knowing she failed on both accounts. As can be seen, Marv and Sara had a long discussion about the issue.

 

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And as can be seen from the smiles on Marv's and Sara's faces, Sara was allowed in. It was determined her hoofs were as tough as steel toed shoes and her boney frill will deflect any falling rocks as well as a hard hat, if not better.

 

The fossils present at this site include brachiopods, Atrypa very common. Sara wanted this picture taken to show @Tidgy's Dad that she enjoys brachiopods too. I explained to her, we will fair better on brachiopods in the afternoon. But I relented and took these pictures for her (and Adam).

 

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Large spirifers are what brachiopod loves come for. My best samples are needing to be prepped. But here is Sara frolicking through some loose partials.

 

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Many Devonian fish pieces were discovered on this trip. This one is of particular interest. If someone recognizes what bone this is, feel free to tell!!! Maybe after some prep work, the identification will become more likely.

 

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Next up is a gastropod that I have yet to identify in the Devonian Cedar Valley Formation. I had posted one of these in the ID section a year or two ago and recieved no valid responses. So........... if anyone knows the genus or species of this, I would be thrilled!!!

 

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Trilobites are always everyone's favorite. Sara enjoys them too.

 

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Sara made many friends that morning and requested a group photo be taken. Sara is in there somewhere, but I can't find her.

 

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Unfortunately, we only could hunt for 3 hours since the club was to change locations and spend the afternoon collecting agates. Sara was not interested in this. In addition, I had to stop on the way home, at a group of Mennonite greenhouses that we frequent, and select plants for the garden. Coincidently, the Rockford Fossil and Prairie Park was only a few (25) miles out of the way. Guess what, Sara wanted to detour to the park. And she didn't need to twist my arm! The park visually is much like the badlands in states such as South Dakota or Nebraska.

 

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I was disappointed in Sara when we arrived at the park. She forgot all of the safety instructions learned at our first stop. Here she is dangerously close to the cliff's edge.

 

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After a refresher course on safety, we were off to hunt fossils in the Devonian Cerro Gordo Formation. Brachiopods erode out of the hill sides and are in such great shape. Sara can be seen showing off her finds in this picture.

 

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Sunday was a long day for us and we were a bit tardy arriving home. But had we not been late, we would have never taken in this fabulous moonrise on our way home.

 

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Unfortunately, Sara's time in Minnesota is coming to a close. I did want to share one more fossil piece with Sara that is very special. It was given to me by a Fossil Forum member the first year I joined the group. It represents the special friendships that can develop with members of this forum. But it also brings tears to my eyes knowing the sender was no other than Doren, better known as caldigger.  Rest in peace!!

 

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So tomorrow, Sara will be on her way to visit a special person in a special location. I have not told Sara where she is going so that it will be a suprise for her. But here is a hint.

 

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I Hope this will help you.

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fifbrindacier
On 7/21/2022 at 4:28 PM, mr.cheese said:

I enjoyed reading that thank you for everyone who hosts Sara!

 

Wish I could have had a chat with Cal, he seems like a nice guy, I think he had just passed when I joined the forum.

Yes, Doren passed in April 2020.

More than two years now !

I feel time is running so fast !

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Tidgy's Dad
On 7/27/2022 at 1:55 PM, fifbrindacier said:

Yes, Doren passed in April 2020.

More than two years now !

I feel time is running so fast !

Not fast enough. 

I still have waking nightmares of him suffocating under that rockpile. 

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4 hours ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

I still have waking nightmares of him suffocating under that rockpile.

I’ve always hoped that it was instantaneous and he was clutching the best fossil he had ever found there…….:(

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Tidgy's Dad
On 7/28/2022 at 10:44 PM, Randyw said:

I’ve always hoped that it was instantaneous and he was clutching the best fossil he had ever found there…….:(

The coroner's report says suffocation was the cause of death. 

But, yes, he was happy that day, loved his new car, was enjoying life, collecting and his friends on TFF

Maybe he'd just found that great fossil though........................ 

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On 8/1/2022 at 1:23 PM, Tidgy's Dad said:

The coroner's report says suffocation was the cause of death. 

But, yes, he was happy that day, loved his new car, was enjoying life, collecting and his friends on TFF

Maybe he'd just found that great fossil though........................ 

I'm sure he had.

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Hello all and forgive my quietude.  Sara arrived just as summer gets underway.  She is in good form but she caught covid and has been bedridden.  She had it bad. (or maybe I was negligent in showing her around).  She was on a ventilator but has survived.  She is still wearing her covid mask unless it falls off.  

 

She got here a few days before my wife and I drove to Yellowstone.  Of course she wanted to come along.  We tried to talk her out of it, what with jet lag and all, be we were happy, in the end to show her the park.  Or part of it. 

 

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Sara wanted to go see Old Faithful, but that was not on our agenda... sorry kiddo.  But she was also excited to see some of the animals the park is known for.

It was a cold rainy day so she wore her mask and hat for much of it.  Her first animal spotting was of a yellow-bellied marmot and she was so excited that she could not stay in focus and the marmot ran away.  

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We got to Yellowstone Lake which is huge and, on this day, almost frozen.  We gave Sara a royal bollocking for not wearing her hat in this wintery scene.

 

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There are bison everywhere.  Sara was thrilled to see critters that were, sizewise, worthy of the Ceratopsian family

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Sara had a keen eye so I let her drive.  Unfortunately, my wife and I got very few pictures of the animals with her in them because the sightings were mostly out the passenger side window.  She saw a momma black bear and its little brown cub.  The pair quickly dissolved into the forest. 

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and a sandhill crane

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and trumpeter swan

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and American avocet on its nest

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Then she stopped the car and said..."What's that onthe rock in the river?"  Time for the binocs.

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Oooohhh...this is the reason I like to go to Yellowstone... harlequin ducks.  The three of us watched these little whitewater ducks for a good long time.  I even met a birdwatcher form my old stomping grounds in Massachusetts.

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But wait... this is a fossil forum.  The next installment will certainly feature fossils. 

 

 

 

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IsaacTheFossilMan

I do love animals! Glad to hear Sara is doing better!

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