Fossil hunting

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Professor Mike discussing...something
Up very early and off to...somewhere near Vegas.  We parked the vans in the middle of nowhere and Mike, my professor, told us to get out and climb the cliff in front of us to find fossils.  We looked up and thought, "No problem, that's not too high."  Unfortunately, it had about 12 false peaks.  Just when you thought you'd reached the top...no luck.  Over the top of the part of the cliff you were standing on would come more rock to climb.

We eventually made it to the top, and on the way back down Mike suggested we take a "shortcut" down the side of the mountain to look at a copper mine.  Big mistake.  It took us about 3 hours to get down - very steep, unstable rocks, cactus everywhere.

Lunch was supposed to be at a restaurant that was near Pahrump, NV, but as a small group of us had actually listened to our professor we arrived back at the bottom of the mountain rather late and the rest of the class was getting hungry.
Climbing that god-forsaken cliff with the false peaks.
  We opted instead to lunch at a biker bar near the base.  My TA Matt made friends with some of the patrons by winning a game of horseshoes.  I lost my sunglasses.

Onto another fossil-digging spot, this time nearer to Pahrump.  The highlight of my day: finding a trilobite fossil at location #2.

That night, we arrived at the Stagecoach Inn near Beatty.  Veeerrrryyy shady.  The restaurant was closed, naturally, so we convinced Mike to drive us into "town" for dinner.  He agreed, and proceeded to get drunk with the owner of the restaurant/bartender.  For whatever reason, we let him drive us back to the motel.  On the way back, he decided it would be a great idea to take us out to a ghost town for stargazing.  He veered off the road and whooped and cheered as we went over bumps and further into the desert.  The rest of us clung to each other for dear life and finally let out a sigh of relief when we reached the appropriate stargazing spot.
X_Drive says:
You've just gotta start puttin' up some photos! Please! Some of us don't even know what a trilobite fossil is. :)
Posted on: Mar 15, 2007
WaltJake says:
very cool! do you have a picture of the trilobite?
Posted on: Mar 15, 2007
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Professor Mike discussing...someth…
Professor Mike discussing...somet…
Climbing that god-forsaken cliff w…
Climbing that god-forsaken cliff …
View from about halfway up
View from about halfway up
...still climbing
...still climbing
Note: Mike is not at the top of th…
Note: Mike is not at the top of t…
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View again
Mark being an ammonite
Mark being an ammonite
Anthony with his cave drawings t…
Anthony with his "cave drawings" …
Anthony and Lindsay, FINALLY at th…
Anthony and Lindsay, FINALLY at t…
Professor Mike with a rock of some…
Professor Mike with a rock of som…
Matt, my loveable but bizarre TA
Matt, my loveable but bizarre TA
My trilobite!
My trilobite!
Another hill to climb
Another hill to climb
Playing in the completely deserted…
Playing in the completely deserte…
Anthony reading on the deserted hi…
Anthony reading on the deserted h…
Mike decided he just had to buy th…
Mike decided he just had to buy t…
My professor, drunk with a HUGE bo…
My professor, drunk with a HUGE b…
Sunset over the Nevada desert
Sunset over the Nevada desert
Stagecoach Inn, where we stayed th…
Stagecoach Inn, where we stayed t…
Gas station at the motel where we …
Gas station at the motel where we…
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