When I will begin blogging again!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
When I will begin blogging again!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The day before the expedition we set out the supplies we would need. We all had boots, extra pairs of old tennis shoes, two pair of socks, dry clothes to change into when we were done, hats, drinks, lunches and the above pictured sprays and lotions.
The morning of the expedition we loaded up two vehicles and hit the road. We would meet up with Mr. Renz roughly 30 minutes north in a Burger King parking lot. We carbed up for breakfast at a neighboring fast food restaurant before Mr. Renz's arrival.
Mr. Renz arrived, introduced himself, then we caravaned to the area we would be fossil hunting. We pulled into the park which was nestled against the Peace River. We would be hunting fossils in the Peace River.
Mark Renz gave us the tools we would need; shovels, screens and waist pouches to put any of our finds in. He also told us how and where to dig once we were in the river.
The water was cold as it filled our boots or shoes, but your feet and legs soon got used to the cold (or maybe just got too numb to feel anything). The day was warm and there was little or no breeze which made tolerating the river water easier. We carefully made our way into the water; some of us stayed near the shore as others ventured further into the river.
We shoveled and screened for a couple of hours, took a lunch break and hit the river again.
I stayed in one area of the river and continued working the same hole, digging deeper and deeper. I got so deep that the river water was chest high. Mr. Renz said deep down is where you could find the older fossils. At times the current of the river was a bit strong which made remaining steady on your feet as you dug a little dicey.Darwin watching from the shore.
We all found fossils...nothing museum quality.
My Mother-In-Law found a piece of Mastodon bone. I did too.
We all found some rib bones of ancient Dugongs.
The Colonel and Yam found some ivory (upper right-hand specimen in picture below). The other items in the picture are the horse bone and a partial ancient shark's tooth.
We found many small shark's teeth fossils.
The Colonel and I found pieces of Chert; a type of sedimentary rock used by ancient people in forming tools such as arrowheads. The pieces we found were the cast offs from the tool making of the Indians long, long ago.
What an experience fossil hunting in the Peace River was and what a great Christmas present. Thanks DSIL!
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
I believe in the old adage of Less is More...I always think a few nice things tastefully strewn about the place makes more of a statement than lots of over-the-top gaudiness...that, and not really feeling the urge to decorate for Christmas this year.
The ruins of the sugar mill; roughly 3/4 0f a mile from the mansion.Gamble sold the mansion to Captain Archibald McNeill, a Confederate blockade runner. It is believed that the Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin took refuge here as he was fleeing the country after the fall of the Confederacy.
The mansion passed through the hands of more families before falling into disrepair in the early 1900's. At one time it was used to store fertilizer. The fertilizer was of the un-bagged, organic variety, if you get my meaning.
In 1925 the United Daughters of the Confederacy purchased the mansion and 16 acres of land and donated it to the state of Florida. It is now a state park.
The Colonel, Yam, my In-Laws and I visited the mansion last weekend. Spud did not come with us. He had just returned from a two day drill competition on the Atlantic coast and wanted to stay home to rest and study for finals before Christmas break.
The Gamble Plantation was hosting a small reenactment day at the mansion. On the grounds there were soldiers in tents and soldiers firing off cannons.There were others in period costume.
The park was holding free mansion tours. I was eagerly anticipating the tour as it was my first. The park is near my in-laws home and I have driven by the mansion many times and have been on the grounds a couple of times but had never been inside.
My mother-in-law, Yam and I took the tour; The Colonel and his father opted out and walked the grounds inspecting the soldiers and cannons.
I was surprised to see that the mansion was only one room deep with a hallway that ran on one side of the mansion. Upstairs, where the tour began, there were two bedrooms and a storage room. Downstairs were the overseer's office, parlor and dining room. The work room and kitchen were separated from the main house by a breezeway or dogtrot. As we were taking the tour we heard the cannons firing outside. I couldn't resist myself and said to Yam and my mother-in-law, sotto voce and in my best southern lady accent, "The damn Yankees are coming."
I enjoyed my tour. I love going through old and historic houses. After the tour we all had some lunch. There were food vendors on the grounds. I had a delicious chopped pork sandwich. When we had finished lunch we walked the grounds and I snapped many photos. I chose to take my photos in a sepia tone. I thought the tone lent itself very nicely to the effect I wanted; that of old antebellum photos.