Preparation of our last big jacket at the quarry. Driving the chisels under the jacket to release it for flipping.
Then plastering “capping” the underside of the jacket to complete the process.
yesterday we made the decision to take a bunch if fossils out in a single jacket. It’s not the easiest decision to make, as taking a big plaster jacket full of fossils is a logistical challenge when you are 300 feet above camp and a jacket this size will weigh several hundred pounds. Nonetheless we decide it had to be done. We mixed our batch of plaster, cut our filter foam, and wrapped up or precious cargo. In fact we’ve already used all our plaster and are getting additional provisions his afternoon. We’ll video the jacket pull with the head cam and post later.
Calling the route to the Crystal Geyser Quarry a “road” is a bit like calling a pint of ice cream a “snack”.
The last big hurdle we hit when driving to the campsite is a canyon floored with a sandstone staircase.
It’s a bit of a nasty climb for our suburbans so one evening we decided to fight back.
A few sledges a bad attitude and we were on it.
After moving to the Crystal Geyser Quarry, we had to set up a new base camp. The colored hills of the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation are a welcome addition crowning our new base camp.
The next step? Digging a big, big hole in the north side of the hill to search for Falcarius (a feathered dinosaur) bones.
After a day of picking and shoveling we have ourselves a respectable dent in the hillside and the crew takes a much deserved siesta.