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Fossil Hike or visit Penn Dixie site?

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  • A couple of weeks ago I fearlessly lead a routine expedition on a fossil hike. It was so much fun (and a good workout!) that I would like to do it again. However I know there are some lasertron toting people who may like to go to visit the Penn Dixie site and search for fossils there. Because summer end is nigh, I am going to set up two more similar hikes within a couple of weeks. This first one I let people decide by Thursday night which they would like to do:

    A. A good friend of mine showed me a place here in WNY that is littered with marine fossils. You can find spirifer brachiopods, mollusks, and trilobites in hand full’s! The deposit runs along a creek. If it is a warm day we will creek walk to the site (there are dry paths as well, but that's no fun!). There is a large green field where we can picnic and just hang out! We will be carpooling from a centralized location since the spot is hard to find even with a map. (this is from the first fossil hike, see the pictures!) This would be free. We would meetup and carpool to get to the location.

    B. At Penn Dixie, you can walk on the site of a former quarry operation that was once the source of calcareous shale excavated and used for cement aggregate by the Penn Dixie Cement Company. During the 1960ís, 9 to 10 feet of shale was removed revealing 380 million year old Devonian era fossils preserved within the Windom Shale. Althoigh Penn Dixie members are FREE! Non-member adults $7, children 12 and under $6, children 2 and under are free. We will meet at the site and pay the fee and wander around there.

    When you RSVP, please post which you would visit. On Friday morning I would change the meetup to reflect the majority decision. :-)

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