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Finally!! Some REAL rain!

You hard core fossil hunters are going to love this one - yesterday, as I sat in the training seminar at work, I watched out the window for the forecasted rain every spare moment I had. I told my wife that I might stop by the field on the way home Thursday (yesterday) if we got any good rain. But the rains never came. At least not in the quantity I wanted, anyway. When I got home, though, I found out that the rains had been more than ample at home. There were flooded streets everywhere! Surely I added to the puddles as I salivated in expectation of the bounties to be had at the big ditch. I cooked dinner and I casually asked if there had been any rain. She answered that it had come down in buckets, and that I should go toothin to collect the treasures that were sure to be found. Either I am totally smooth, or my wife rules all. Probably more of the latter because I am kindof a dork. Anyway, after dinner, I donned the boots and drove down to the ditch. The water was RIPPIN! 5 feet deep instead of the normal 2 or 3 inches. NO LIE! It was like a white water course. There was to be no teeth found then. I arrived home, not dejected, but already planning on how I would harvest the teeth. I thought to myself - "How could I possibly go in the morning? I have a training seminar, and I can't go in late." So, I decided to go before work. Everyone knows that you have to put in the time to find the teeth, so I put the 18.6 volt batteries for my cordless shoplight on charge and set my alarm for 5:00 am. Yes, my fossil friends, again I hunted by flashlight. Crouched down in the ditch over my light, I carefully examined the scoured creek bottom. You might think its hard to do my flashlight, but it really helps you to focus. It does take some getting used to, but I've now done it a bunch. I am getting really good at it, if I don't say! Check out the haul! The 5 angys on the top row pointing down are the best things I found. None are perfect, but they are close. A little feeding damage here and there. On the top row, you can see a fossilized deer antler. My second one. All in all, not a bad day. And there's still tomorrow, too!
Location Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

Date Added5/31/2002


A bad day Looking for teeth is better than a good day at work
A bad day Looking for teeth is better than a good day at work
A day I can
A day I can't wait to forget
An evening at the big ditch
An evening at the big ditch





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