Last winter, I was planning a group fossil-hunting expedition for this fall. The coronavirus wrecked that plan, along with many others.
But, my original digging (so to speak) online, paid off unusually and late. The place I was originally planning to arrange the meet-up is still closed, but another fellow who owns a rock quarry eventually replied to my enquiry. They’re not hosting groups, yet, but an individual can come up and do some social distanced fossil hunting. So, tomorrow afternoon and evening I’ll be driving up to Rome, NY, then spending a day digging for fossils, and driving home. It’s funny how that, which would have been a normal day-trip for me a few years ago, now seems like a big project. It didn’t take me long to get unused to traveling. It’ll be nice; I’ll be going through Ithaca around dinner time and there’s good food to be had there. (I’ll probably go for thai!)
The reason I am particularly leaping at this opportunity, is because the quarry under discussion has pyritized trilobytes; the elusive “gold bug” of fossil-hunters. I suppose opalized fossils are rarer (in terms of minerology, not what they are fossils of) but pyritized trilobytes have a very high cool factor in my universe.
I don’t expect I’ll be posting much in the next few days.
I have some auctions expiring tomorrow; I’ll have to resolve them when I get home. I’m not going to sit in some diner and try to coordinate all that using my phone.