Gary and Mary Parker // Fossil Hunting

Y’all, yesterday was amazing. After a Sunday morning devotions time here at the hotel with our business conference, I got to head off to spend the day with my adopted* parents (who traveled down and joined us yesterday). There were several different things that we discussed doing, but in the end, we decided to go and visit some of their good friends, Gary and Mary Parker. (Dad and Mom were planning on visiting them sometime, just not necessarily on my only free day. I really wanted to meet the Parkers though, so I was excited! It’s actually what I asked to do. 🙂 
Thanks to Dad for taking all the pictures, and Mom for sending them to me!
It was about a two hour drive to their house, which is actually a mini museum as well. It was so very cool! Dad calls Mrs. Parker ‘The pioneer of Creation Workshops’ because she’s one of the first people to ever do them. 

They took us around the museum showing us what I would guess to be thousands of fossils. Of course my parents had already seen it, but it had been a while, and everything was new to me. Mr. and Mrs. Parker are so very knowledgeable about fossils, it was seriously astonishing to me. 

After hanging out for a bit, we went and ate a late lunch which was so yummy. I thoroughly enjoyed the food, along with the conversation. Mr. Parker (which is actually Dr. Parker) had lots of really interesting stuff to say. 
Heading back to their house/museum after lunch, we discussed if we should go back to the hotel or hang around a bit longer and go down to Peace River to do some fossil hunting. Thankfully, we all agreed fossil hunting was the right thing to do. (As you’ve probably guessed by the pictures… 🙂 Crazy enough, this was the first time I’ve ever go fossil hunting. It. Was. Amazing! 
 It reminded me 100% of the books I’ve read about panning for gold. In fact, I could almost imagine I was in Alaska or some such place, doing just that. It’s no wonder there was the gold rush! For me, just knowing I could put a shovel full of the rocks/mud from the bottom of my sieve and then swish out the mud and sort through the rocks and come up with a handful of fossils was crazy
I really had no clue what I was doing when I got down there, and since everyone else was a veteran fossil-hunter, I felt a little bit lost. They didn’t really give many instructions to begin with, so I just dug in (literally!) and then followed their directions when they told me to do something differently. 
When I came up with a fossilized shark tooth and part of a mastodons or elephants tooth on the first try, I was shocked. I had no clue that there were so many fossils just laying there! Mr. Parker stood next to me as I went through my sieve, and pointed out how to find the fossils. He was a great teacher! Then, after I got a good idea of what I was looking for, I would hand him the different pieces I thought were fossils and he would tell me if I was right and what they most likely were. As I said, he was an expert. 
You know when you were a kid going to the doctor and you were utterly surprised at how they could tell what was wrong with you by just looking at your month and ears and such? Well, that’s how I felt with the Parker’s knowledge of fossils. 🙂 

In the end, I had my pouch almost filled up with fossils (see the pouches we all have on? Those are the Parker’s, and it’s what they wear while fossil hunting to slip the fossils into). Along with a few fossils given to me by Mrs. Parker and a friend of theirs who joined us, I got:
*Bird fossils
*Fish fossils 
*Shark teeth fossils
*Ray fish fossils
*Blow fish fossils 
*Aligator teeth fossils
*Turtle fossils
*Elephant and/or Mastodon fossils (they weren’t big enough to tell)
*Glyptodont fossils 
*Fossils that we couldn’t tell what they were

So yeah, pretty stunning, right? Now, mind you, these were small fossils, but really, really cool anyway! 🙂 
What about you? Have you ever been fossil hunting? Do you think you’d like to go fossil hunting? 

*I’m leaving out the ‘adopted’ for the rest of the post 🙂

15 thoughts on “Gary and Mary Parker // Fossil Hunting

  1. Bethany Carson says:

    Looks like a lot of fun! I love your dress btw!

    I've never had the opportunity of going fossil hunting in such an ideal location, but when I was younger I spent a lot of time sifting through the piles of gravel my parents bought for our driveway. I was able to find several small fossils including a snail, feather, and shells.

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  2. Sarah Rudolph says:

    Looks like fun!

    One time we were planning to doing something like that (actually I think it was agates and precious stones) but it was rainy so we didn't get to after all. sad. but it was still really fun looking through the store and seeing everything that had been found.

    ~Sarah

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  3. David Mabe says:

    So you found “billions of dead things…..” It sounds like that was one of those “I can die happy now….” experiences. Were you even able to sleep last night? 🙂 I'm glad you're having a great time in Florida. I hope the rest of your week is just as exciting.

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  4. Evan White says:

    Cool. I hote you don't get angry but I have wanted to ask this question along time i will ask it now. Are you Mennonite??? I all the pics you post of yourself you seem to always wear the mennonite clothing.

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  5. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Oh goodness, I should have sung that song while out finding the fossils… How could I miss that opportunity? And yes, I actually could sleep that night, surprising enough. 🙂 Haha, I actually read your comment on my phone right before getting on a live alligator at Gatorland. “I hope the rest of your week is just as exciting”… So yep, I guess it's shaping up to be pretty exciting. 😉

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  6. David Mabe says:

    I'd actually been wondering the same as Evan. It was just a curiosity. Denomination is a non-issue for me. I've seen enough evidence in your writings and the way you conduct yourself to know that we worship and serve the same God and we are both saved by the same blood that was shed on the cross. I lead worship in a Baptist church, and have been serving in Baptist churches most of my life, but if another denomination were to call and felt like that was where the Lord wanted me, I'd go without question.

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