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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

My World Tuesday - Rocks in my head, rocks in my pockets Fossil hunting in the Kaibab National Forest


You probably think this is just a bunch of rocks.  Maybe even leverites, as in leave it right there.  But you’d be wrong.  Read more about these fossils here.

39 comments:

George said...

Very interesting. I never think of an ocean once covering that part of the country. I hope you'll show your finished project.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh WOW!! What a super interestng post Gaelyn. I would LOVE to go fossil hunting there. It is so exciting to find something but of course you have to know what to look for. Things like spear points are often missed because they look like a chip of stone which of course they are. LOL!!

That necklace is going to be terrific!!

Moannie said...

What a rich full life you lead,Gaelyn. Fossil hunting is the most fun you can have that includes walking. I have some scattered around the house which we found up in the mountains of the Haute Province and somewhere I have a sea urchin that I found on the beach years ago. Amazing to think they are millions of years old.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh what a great collection. You have really brought back the memories of my childhood looking for stuff that I wouldn't find here..LOL...

Arija said...

Nice one Gaelyn, I like the worm castings.
I've personally not found much except a petrified oyster and some opal chips and smoky quartz crystals.

Indrani said...

Ooooh! Great collection and work. So interesting.

Sylvia K said...

Fascinating, Gaelyn! What a great post and terrific shots! What a beautiful world you live in, too!

Canarybird said...

You do have a great life Gaelyn, living in nature as you do. And I can imagine that it's like a treasure hunt linking you to the past when you find a fossil. Very interesting post and photos!

James said...

I wish I lived close enough to go to there and see all of the beauty and wonderful fossils. Someday maybe.

Martha Z said...

Great post, I seem to recall taking a fossil walk down the Kaibab many years ago. One of the most interestin and informative ranger hikes I can remember.

erin said...

a good monday ms. gaelyn...did enjoy the fossil post very much. and do share your work of art when you get it strung!
have a lovely evening.
hugs

Diane C. said...

Wow, fascinating fossils post! How lucky those visitors are who get to hear your geology talk and look for fossils on the walls. Your turquoise and crinoid project looks cool.

Janie said...

You had some great finds! The crinoid/turquoise necklace will be lovely and meaningful. I didn't know the Native Americans would string these fossils as beads. Interesting post with great photos.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: What neat finds you have made, go girl.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great post. We have fond fossils (brachiopods I think, but not sure) in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. Very cool.

ewok1993 said...

How cool is that. I remember my nephew when he was little he loved to collect rock and always talked about being a geologist/archeologist. He joined the Navy instead. Now, he's out.

Kathiesbirds said...

Very fascinating post. Gaelyn. It looks like you had fun. I know what you mean aobut getting off the computer. I haven't even eaten my lunch yet! Yikes!

Greyscale Territory said...

Totally loved your guided fossil walk! They are certainly a unique piece of Nature's artwork!

Sally in WA said...

Fascinating, Gaelyn. I bet these are really cool in person. :-)

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Beautiful pictures and very interesting. I'm sure you get tired of the computer now and then so I look forward to see the finished necklace!

Karen said...

Wonderful post !!!

Fossil hunting can be so much fun. It's quite incredible, holding in your hand, something that was alive many 1000's of years ago..

Hope you show your necklace once it is finished..

Carver said...

This was a fascinating post and great photographs.

Snap said...

Wonderful post. So much great information. I've always found fossils fascinating. History to be read if we know how. Thanks so much!

Wolynski said...

You're certainly very knowledgeable - I bet you're a great guide. Fossils are fascinating - 200 million years? Can't even wrap my brain around that.

koala said...

Interesting. Tourist are allowed to take their geological finds?

Marja said...

oh what an interesting post and I am sure that's going to be a marvellous necklace

nadia said...

Fascinating! I've learned so much today from your post, thank you. Also, can't wait to see your finished project :)

Wren said...

Gaelyn, I never thought of making jewelry out of fossils -- what a neat idea and a great part of your world to share.

Lew said...

Fascinating world that you live and travel in! To think of the ocean covering that part of the world in the past makes the current worrying about the ocena rising a few feet seem like small potatoes.

Larry D said...

When I have my students study the earth history I always refer to the rich geologic history of the Grand Canyon. great photos.

LadyFi said...

Just think how old those fossils are! It reminds us how small and insignificant we are...

Denise said...

Fascinating post and loved the photos also. I always head over to see the fossils on museum visits. The thought of how old they are is mind boggling.

Eleanor said...

That looks so interesting! I think Joan and I will have to plan a trip to visit you after you have been to SA so we can fossil hunt!

Barb said...

Hi Gaelyn,
Great fossil finds and interesting post! Your necklace will not only be beautiful but will contain memories of the Canyon. Extra special!

Russ said...

Cool necklace. Did you make that pattern? I imagine a "kit", if that is what it is, would be a great gift for my mom...

tainterturtles said...

On August 7th, one of my blogger friends just posted a picture of a fossil or rock that was found in her father's farm field. Please take a look and see if it looks like something petrified.Thank you....love your blog!

http://jackie-teacherspet.blogspot.com/You can find her blog at:

Jackie said...

Would love your input on this rock Daddy plowed up years and years ago.
Smiles,
Jackie

jeannette stgermain said...

Somehow I missed this post Gealyn, but it came up today (Oct20) with the LinkWithin. Beautiful! Had no idea there were so many fossils to be found fairly close by.
You're right "if I can get off the computer long enough!"

Anonymous said...

Great Crinoids , Don't try to take them from the beach in the indiana dunes national lake shore, we have a new comendant / whatever .. I have collected crinoids on the indiana beaches for 45 yrs. some people in the area had to remove there art work for fear of the new NPS Leader here In NW IN.. luv the ones with stars in the center. jjmc

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