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Posted on March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Fall Nebraska!

Choose a 3-Day or a 5-Day Trip!


Saturday, September 14th, Sunday, September 15th,

Monday, September 16th, Tuesday, September 17th

and Wednesday, September 18th, 2019



The M&M Ranch in Nebraska


     The M&M Ranch in Crawford County, Nebraska will be hosting Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures for a fossil collecting trip on September 14th through September 18th, 2019. Both 3 and 5 day trips are available during this time period both having special reduced pricing for MAFANA customers.


     M&M Ranch is located in the northwest corner of Nebraska in an area called the High Plains, at an elevation of 4,000 feet above sea level. M&M Ranch consists of 365 acres of buttes and stream beds with Eocene and Oligocene fossil bearing exposures. Millions of years ago, this area thrived with terrestrial animals such as pigs, oreodonts, sabre tooth cats, camels, canids, 2 species of pre-equus horses, rhinoceros, titanotheres, squirrels, rabbits, mice, snakes, lizards, turtles and many more. Besides the special pricing for MAFANA customers on the trip, we will also be able to keep "everything" we find. Many other fossil hunting locations in the upper mid-west do not allow customers to keep the prized specimens like a sabre tooth cat, but M&M Ranch is granting MAFANA customers this privilege as part of the group trip.


     If you register early, you will be able to stay close to the Ranch. Your lodging is NOT included in the pricing. There is a quaint western town nearby that has 6 rooms for rent. It's located on an adjoining property to the M&M Ranch, and it has original buildings of an old ghost town. In addition to the "bunk houses" where we can stay, this "ghost town" has a General Store, a Post Office, a Saloon, a Cook Shack with an open pit ash wood fire, and of course, the Jail (so behave yourselves or else). A continental breakfast is included if you stay there.


     If you don't register early, there is a B&B down the road, and a motel about 25 to 35 miles away.


     Crawford, Nebraska is a 26 hour drive from Richmond, VA, a 3 hour drive from the Rapid City, SD airport, and a 5 1/2 hour drive from the Denver. CO airport.


     Persons wishing to participate in this trip should take into account the 4,000 foot elevation and hilly terrain.



This trip is great for adults and for children ages 12 and up.



Cost: $250 per day per person for a 3-day trip, totaling $750 per person. This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.


          $225 per day per person for a 5-day trip, totaling $1,125 per person. This does not include transportation (we meet at the Ranch), food or lodging.

 



Payments:

For a 3-day trip - $200 deposit is due when registering for the trip. $275 due by 5/1/19 and the balance of $275 is due no later than 8/1/19.


For a 5-day trip - $200 deposit due when registering for the trip. $475 due by 5/1/19 and the balance of $450 is due no later than 8/1/19.




FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.




Fall Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend

Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019


Huge Meg Collected on our Fall Stratford Hall Fossil Collecting Weekend last year



     I hope you can join us on this fabulous fossil collecting adventure at Stratford Hall on the northern neck of Virginia.



     Stratford Hall Plantation is General Robert E. Lee's birthplace, home of 2 signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a world-class fossil collecting site along the Potomac River. Only a small part of the beach is open to the public, but we have special permission to take groups over a mile beyond the ropes. As long as the Potomac and winds cooperate, we'll have motorboats with us to take people to the furthest areas at no extra charge. This site is Miocene Age (6-14 million years old). The fossils found here are from the Calvert, Choptank, St. Mary's and Eastover Formations.

 


     Shark teeth, whale bones and teeth, crocodile teeth and turtle shell are mainly found here. Occasionally even a megalodon shark tooth is found. A megalodon is an extinct giant shark - the huge monster whose teeth can reach 5 or 6 inches long. There are also some beautiful fossil shells found here, including chesapectens and ecphora. Some of the chesapectens have both valves attached, and some of the ecphora are complete, or almost complete. Some complete whale, dolphin and crocodile skeletons have been collected here by paleontologists. Stratford Hall is the place where the whale skull was found 6 summers ago, and taken out of the cliff by palentologists with the Calvert Marine Museum.


 

     Saturday we'll collect fossils until about 3:30. Sunday, we'll go back to Stratford Hall and collect fossils until 2 PM.   


This trip is great for adults and for children ages 5 and up. 


Cost: $100 per adult and $50 per child under age 18. Cost does not include food, transportation to Stratford Hall, lodging, or Stratford Hall's Grounds Fees of $16 per adult and $10 per child under age 12 (which I collect in cash each morning we meet). 



FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO REGISTER FOR THIS SPECTACULAR TRIP, e-MAIL [email protected] OR CALL ME AT 610-209-0758.





     






     


     















 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 















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