Memorial Day, NY fossil weekend 2018

The annual Memorial Day weekend, NY fossil trip was lightly attended both days by Club members but some great fossils were found on both days. There were 12 Club members on Saturday and 14 on Sunday with more kids this year than on other years. These trips were attended by the CVMC, NY PALEOntological assoc. and the Capital District mineral Club, 35 to 40 people in total.

The weather Saturday was sunny and warm with temps in the 80's, hot in the quarries! Sunday was a completely different day with overcast skies, on and off drizzle and temps barely reaching 70, perfect for being in the quarries! The rain was gone by early afternoon and we stayed right at it until 6pm. We were very lucky this year with a total of 14 Cephalopods being found and 5 of them were able to be successfully harvested without being broken. We also hit a substantial vein of Calcite in the second quarry on Saturday and everybody was able to get some pieces from it along with some attached “Catskill Diamonds”.

We had a total of 11 people that camped out this year and it was quite fun especially at night around the campfire. We gathered after supper for s' mores, talk of the days collecting and stories from other trips. There's something about sharing time by a campfire that brings people together with no agendas or worldly crap clogging the time shared together. This trip continues to be my favorite trip of the year by far and I look forward to many more with more people camping and enjoying themselves!

Report and photos by trip leader: Andy Brodeur
(Saturday photos, then Sunday photos)