We’re real fossil hunters now!!!

The crew at the Keystone Gallery in front of Spiker!!

The crew at the Keystone Gallery in front of Spiker!!

As most of you probably know from previous posts, Jackson is a dinosaur/fossil nut!!  It is truly a passion of his.  After our visit with Dr. Everhart I decided to make arrangements to take Jackson on a real fossil dig.  Dr. Everhart recommended the Keystone Gallery for our fossil hunt.  So, I contacted the gallery and made arrangements for a private, guided tour.  Joining us were our good friends Michelle and Thane Reid from Dodge City.  Michelle and I have been friends since college.  Jackson and Thane have been friends since they were babies in Dodge City.  Although the boys knew about the dig, they didn’t know that they would get to see each other – it was a great surprise for them both.

The dig site is near Monument Rock in Gove County Kansas.  We hunted fossils in some of the same chalk beds where George Sternberg found some of his famous fossils.  The Keystone Gallery is ran by Chuck and Barb Bonner.  Their family has made some really famous fossil finds – you can see some in museums all around the country – as well as at the Keystone Gallery.  Our guide Chuck took us to the dig site in their family’s 1949 Chevrolet Suburban (Spiker).  The scenery was beautiful.  The weather was in the mid 70’s, clear blue skies and slight breeze – in other words perfect to be outside!  Chuck showed us what to look for and then answered probably 500 questions from the boys.  The phrase, “Mr. Bonner come look, I think I found something!!”  was heard over and over.  The man has the patience of a saint.  We climbed canyons, navigated around muddy bottoms, twisted around and around the canyon and dodged lizards!  We found lots of common fossils and petrified wood.  We also found some nice fossilized vertebrae, jawbones and even a couple of shark teeth.  We were in the field probably 4 hours.

I would highly recommend others to take this tour.  You can find more info about the Keystone Gallery at:  www.keystonegallery.com .   Jackson told me it was just about the best day of his life.  I would have to agree it was right up there with me as well!!

Dana

Thane and Jackson

Thane and Jackson

Jackson and I in front of the outhouse - it was Jackson's first experience with an outhouse!

Jackson and I in front of the outhouse - it was Jackson's first experience with an outhouse!

Navigating the canyon

Navigating the canyon

The white thing in the middle is a fossilized vertebrae

The white thing in the middle is a fossilized vertebrae

Thane and Jackson on the top of a canyon

Thane and Jackson on the top of a canyon

Scenery

Scenery

An Indian Blanket flower - there were flowers everywhere

An Indian Blanket flower - there were flowers everywhere

Jackson

Jackson

Mr. Bonner showing Jackson how to remove a fossil

Mr. Bonner showing Jackson how to remove a fossil

These lizards were everywhere - I kept my shrieking to a minimum

These lizards were everywhere - I kept my shrieking to a minimum

Yucca in the field on the way back to the gallery

Yucca in the field on the way back to the gallery

Jackson and I in front of Striper

Jackson and I in front of Spiker

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