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The Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour: 2017-2021

The Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour: 2017-2021

Itinerary: The Current Plan for the Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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It's time to fly! The Phoenix will launch his Grand Fossil Tour in July of 2017. Over the next two years He will visit most of the major fossil sites and hatural history museums in the US and Canada. Why? Well, foremost for the fun of it. But also to witness for myself the fossil record of the evolution of the soul. To see the remnants of those animals, going back half a billion years, that first became aware of their environment, and learned to act and survive in that environment.

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Title The Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour: 2017-2021
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Author Jim Fulton
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Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2017/9/9
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It's time for the Phoenix to fly! I launched my Grand Fossil Tour in the summer of 2017. Over the next few years I will visit most of the major fossil sites and hatural history museums in the US and Canada. Why? Well, foremost for the fun of it. But also to witness for myself the fossil record of the evolution of the soul, to see the remnants of those animals, going back half a billion years, that first became aware of the things in their environment, and learned to act and survive in that environment.

This page begins my journal, my "blog", of my tour. In these pages I will tell where I've been, including the best of what photos I take, for you to follow as you will. In particular I plan to tell stories with three different themes as I go:

  • Where I've been. I will tell about the towns and campgrounds where I stay. I'm traveling in a big 5th-wheel trailer — my physical Phoenix Nest, rather than the noetic Nest you are reading — that I'm pulling with a Ram 2500 diesel pickup — Moby Richard, a big, white whale that the Phoenix tamed just enough to pull his nest around. These tales might be of interest to fellow travelers.
  • What I've seen. I will tell about the fossils I've seen, both in the ground and in museums, about what I've learned from them about the times when those animals lived, and what kind of souls they might have had.
  • What I've thought. I will also tell stories about what I am thinking about the soul, the mind, the spirit. These you might find exotic, for they differ from what is commonly taught either in science classes or Sunday schools. If you are not philosophically minded, you can just pass over them. These stories will be building blocks for the more comprehensive saga of the soul that I tell in other parts of the Phoenix Nest.
    [12/12/12] I had originally planned to present an episode of these stories with every issue of the blog. That plan proved too demanding of my time, and had to be rethunk. So from now, stories will be released when they are ready, as occasional prizes to spur readership.

In any case, follow along as you will. There's an email button in the footer at the bottom of the page that you can use to tell me your reactions to my stories.

Itinerary Contents

Itinerary for the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

Some people like to get in their car and just go, ending up wherever they do, take whatever adventures may come. I do too, but not for long, complicated trips. For the Grand Fossil Tour, I am going to begin with some planning, a lot of planning, for several reasons:

  • I have a large list of specific places to see. I've been searching the web for fossil sites and natural history museums, and I want I route that will let me see as many of them as possible, while camping at least once in each of the "lower 48" states, as well as ten Canadian provinces.
  • The trip will take a long time, about two and a half years. There are a lot of places to go and I don't want to drive more than 300 miles in any given week. Any faster is commuting, not traveling. This means I have to plan for the seasons, like a snowbird: south in the winter, north in the summer. There's no good, safe place to be during the spring storm season (other than Washington state), so I'll just have to tough that season out wherever I am.
  • Going to seasonably comfortable climes means I'll be competing for RV spaces with other snowbirds, and that means early reservations.
  • Along the way I'll stop by to visit family, and I want to give them reasonably advanced notice.
  • So I have laid out a tentative itinerary for where and when I will go and where I'll stay and what I'll see. For you who are interested, it will help in keeping track of my travels. It will also serve as an index of where I have been, with links to the stories from each place.

The Tour will begin near Seattle, Washington in July of 2017, and will reach Newfoundland in the summer of 2018. It starts by swinging through Canada, wanders through the northern Midwest to Kansas in time for Thanksgiving with family, loops along the gulf for winter, climbs back along the eastern seaboard during the stormy spring, settles down in New Hampshire for some more family visits, followed by a flight back to Seattle for a brief visit. It continues on to Newfoundland, where I can see some of the oldest fossils on the continent.

The return trip west wends its way along the northern banks of the St. Lawrence, bounces back and forth across the Canadian border, wanders through the upper Midwest and Appalachia into the Midsouth, spends a lot of time in Texas, then slowly crosses New Mexico and Arizona into California. It then winds back to the Rockies, before finding its way back along the Pacific coast to Washington.

Along the way I will pause for family visits: I plan to visit my daughter Robin and her family in New Zealand for Christmas of 2018, and they expect to join me at the Grand Canyon the following summer. I will fly back to visit my Washington family at least once, probably in the summer of 2018.

What follows is my itinerary in its current form. Changes are likely, especially in the selection of campgrounds to park my trailer.

Itinerary for Grand Fossil Tour
Eastern Route
Museums and Fossil Sites
ID Museum/Site Significance MYA City State Wiki Date Visited Fossil
Rating
Notes
SMM Science Museum of Minnesota     Minneapolis / St. Paul MN Wikipedia 2017/1/3 4 Stars Good Collection
BC Royal British Columbia Museum     Victoria BC Wikipedia 2017/7/25 1 Star My rating reflects only the fossil collection.
McA McAbee Fossil Beds

Lagerstätte for Eocene Epoch

56-33 Kamloops BC Wikipedia 2017/8/8 n/a No public access
Yoho Burgess Shale

Lagerstätte for Cambrian Period

541-485 Yoho National Park BC Wikipedia 2017/8/15 2 Stars Too high to climb; small but good collection at visitors center
Tyr Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology     Drumheller AB Wikipedia 2017/8/22 5 Stars Excellent!
RSM Royal Saskatchewan Museum     Regina SK Wikipedia 2017/9/1 4 Stars Good Collection
CFDC Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre     Morden MB Wikipedia 2017/9/5 4 Stars Good collection of local fossils
Ash Ashfall Fossil Beds Lagerstätte for Serravallian Stage, Miocene Epoch 13.8-11.6 Royal NE Wikipedia 2017/9/19 4 Stars Good collection of local Miocene fossils, plus active dig.
BBH Blackberry Hill Lagerstätte

Lagerstätte for Cambrian Period

541-485 Marathon County WI Wikipedia 2017/10/10 n/a Explored, then quarried. Not available to public.
MPM Milwaukee Public Museum     Milwaukee WI Wikipedia 2017/10/20 3 Stars Good but Cluttered Collection
UWis University of Wisconsin Geology Museum     Madison WI Wikipedia 2017/10/20 5 Stars Comprehensive and well documented
CFM Field Museum of Natural History     Chicago IL Wikipedia 2017/10/27 5 Stars Excellent
MOI Missouri Institute of Natural Science     Springfield MO Wikipedia 2017/12/11 3 Stars Small but well-done, some local fossils
FMNH Florida Museum of Natural History     Gainesville FL Wikipedia 2018/1/9 4 Stars Good science but few fossils
JAX Museum of Science and History     Jacksonville FL Wikipedia 2018/2/13 3 Stars Good science but few fossils
Ing Ingersoll Shale Lagerstätte

Lagerstätte for Late Cretaceous Period

100-66 Phenix City AL Wikipedia 2018/2/20 n/a Explored, then covered with housing. Not available to public.
Fern Fernbank Museum of Natural History     Atlanta GA Wikipedia 2018/2/23 2 Stars Small Collection
DMLS Museum of Life & Science     Durham NC Wikipedia 2018/3/13 2 Stars Models, but no fossils, of Cretaceous dinosaurs
NCMNH North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences     Raleigh NC Wikipedia 2018/3/13 4 Stars Good but spotty collection
VMNH Virginia Museum of Natural History     Martinsville VA Wikipedia 2018/3/13 4 Stars Good collection of local fossils
SMNH Smithsonian Museum of Natural History     Washington DC Wikipedia 4 Stars The main collection was closed for renovation. What was available was excellent.
Wag Wagner Free Institute of Science     Philadelphia PA Wikipedia 2018/4/10 3 Stars Large but poorly curated collection, primarily of invertebrates
ANSD Academy of Natural Sciences     Philadelphia PA Wikipedia 2018/4/10 3 Stars Small collection of mainly Cretaceous dinosaurs
NYMNH American Museum of Natural History     New York NY Wikipedia 2018/4/17 4 Stars Good collection of post-Cambrian fossils, with some apparent gaps. Excellent documentation of specimens.
Pea Peabody Museum of Natural History     New Haven CT Wikipedia 2018/4/24 4 Stars Good but spotty collection
DSP Dinosaur State Park     Hartford CT Wikipedia 2018/4/24 3 Stars Intriguing site of dinosaur footprints from Late Triassic to Early Jurassic periods
Nash Nash Dinosaur Tracks     Granby MA   2018/5/8 3 Stars Prototypical roadside attraction, but dig site has real dinosaur tracks.
Ben Beneski Museum of Natural History     Amherst MA Wikipedia 2018/5/8 3 Stars Small but representative collection.
HMCZ Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology     Cambridge MA Wikipedia 2018/5/15    
HMNH Harvard Museum of Natural History     Cambridge MA Wikipedia 2018/5/15    
BMS Museum of Science     Boston MA Wikipedia 2018/5/15    
Fair Fairbanks Museum     St. Johnsbury VT Wikipedia 2018/5/25    
GP Green Point

GSSP for Early Ordovician period

485-443 Rocky Harbor NL Wikipedia 2018/7/6    
FH Fortune Head GSSP

GSSP for Fortunian Stage of Cambrian Period

541-429 Fortune NL Wikipedia 2018/7/17    
MP Mistaken Point Lagerstätte

Lagerstätte for Ediacaran Period

635-541 St. Johns NL Wikipedia 2018/7/20    
Jog Joggins Cliff

Lagerstätte for Moscovian Stage, Pennsylvanian Subperiod, Carboniferous Period

315-307 St. Johns NL Wikipedia 2018/8/14    
MNP Miguasha National Park 419-358 St. Johns NL Wikipedia 2018/8/21    
Red Redpath Museum     Montreal QC Wikipedia 2018/9/4    
Ott Canadian Museum of Nature     Ottawa ON Wikipedia 2018/9/11    
Tor Royal Ontario Museum     Toronto ON Wikipedia 2018/9/18    
Buff Museum of Science     Buffalo NY Wikipedia 2018/9/25    
Carn Carnegie Museum of Natural History     Pittsburgh PA Wikipedia 2018/10/2    
SAus South Australian Museum     Adelaide SAus Wikipedia 2018/12/4    
Edi Ediacara Creek

GSSP for Ediacaran Period

635-541  Flinders Range SAus Wikipedia 2018/12/11    
Pink Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium     Memphis TN Wikipedia 2018/12/27    
Rutg Rutgers Geology Museum     New Brunswick NJ Wikipedia 2019/7/23    
FI Franklin Institute     Philadelphia PA Wikipedia 2019/7/23    
Beech Beechers Trilobite Bed

Lagerstätte for Sandbian Stage of the Late Ordovician Period

458-453 Rome NY Wikipedia 2019/8/27    
WRQ Walcott-Rust Quarry

Lagerstätte for Sandbian Stage of the Late Ordovician Period

458-453  Rome NY Wikipedia 2019/8/27    
CMNH Cleveland Museum of Natural History     Cleveland OH Wikipedia 2019/9/10    
Cran Cranbrook Institute of Science     Detroit MI Wikipedia 2019/9/17    
BKR Black Knob Ridge

GSSP for Katian Stage of Late Ordovician Period

453-455 Atoka OK   2019/12/3    
FWMSH

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

    Fort Worth TX Wikipedia 2019/12/10    
Perot

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

    Dallas TX Wikipedia 2019/12/10    
TXDV

Dinosaur Valley State Park

    Dallas TX Wikipedia 2019/12/10    
Brazos Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History     Bryan TX Wikipedia 2020/1/14    
BMNS

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

    Houston TX Wikipedia 2020/1/28    
Vines

Robert A Vines Environmental Science Center

    Houston TX   2020/1/28    
HMNS

Houston Museum of Natural Science

    Houston TX Wikipedia 2020/1/28    
TMM Texas Memorial Museum     Austin TX Wikipedia 2022/12/13    
Witte The Witte Museum     San Antonio TX Wikipedia 2020/3/3    
BBNP Big Bend National Park Fossils

Lagerstätte for Creataceous Period

145-66   TX Wikipedia 2020/3/17    
GMNP

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

  • Nipple Hill
  • Guadalupe Pass
  • Stratotype Canyon
272-259 Pine Springs TX Wikipedia 2020/3/24    
TTU Museum of Texas Tech University     Lubbock TX Wikipedia 2020/4/28    
NMMNH New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science     Albuquerque NM Wikipedia 2020/5/5    
UCoM

University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

    Boulder CO Wikipedia 2020/6/16    
Denv

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Denver CO Wikipedia 2020/6/16    
UWy University of Wyoming Geological Museum     Laramie WY Wikipedia 2020/7/21    
Mamm Mammoth Site

Lagerstätte for Pleistocene Epoch

2.58-0.01 Hill City SD Wikipedia 2020/8/4    
BHI Black Hills Institute     Hill City SD Wikipedia 2020/8/4    
CCM Carter County Museum     Ekalaka MT Wikipedia 2020/9/8    
WDC Wyoming Dinosaur Center     Thermopolis WY Wikipedia 2020/9/15    
FB Fossil Butte National Monument

Lagerstätte for Eocene Epoch

56-33 Kemmerer WY Wikipedia 2020/9/22    
DNM Dinosaur National Monument     Dinosaur CO Wikipedia 2020/10/6    
Vern Utah Field House of Natural History     Vernal UT Wikipedia 2020/10/6    
NHMU Natural History Museum of Utah     Salt Lake City UT Wikipedia 2020/9/29    
WS Wheeler Shale

Lagerstätte for Cambrian Period

541-485 Delta UT Wikipedia 2020/10/6    
MNAZ

Museum of Northern Arizona

    Flagstaff AZ Wikipedia 2020/11/17    
AZMNH

Arizona Museum of Natural History

    Phoenix AZ Wikipedia 2020/12/22    
AZMNH

San Diego Natural History Museum

    San Diego CA Wikipedia 2021/3/2    
LA

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

    Los Angeles CA Wikipedia 2021/4/6    
Brea La Brea Tar Pits

Lagerstätte for Pleistocene Epoch

2.58-0.01 Los Angeles CA Wikipedia 2021/4/6    
Bar Barstow Formation

Lagerstätte for Miocene Epoch

23-5.3 Barstow CA Wikipedia 2021/5/11    
GCNP Grand Canyon National Park

Paleozoic Era

525-270     Wikipedia 2021/6/22    
MEVE Mesa Verde National Park     Durango CO Wikipedia 2021/8/31    
Yose Yosemite National Park     Groveland CO Wikipedia 2022/4/19    
Yell Yellowstone National Park     West Yellowstone MT Wikipedia 2022/9/27    
GrTe Grand Teton National Park     Jackson WY Wikipedia 2022/10/4    
CHCU Chaco Culture National Historic Park     Nageezi NM Wikipedia 2021/10/5    
GR Ghost Ranch

Lagerstätte for Triassic Period

252-201 Ghost Ranch NM Wikipedia 2021/10/12    
Arrow Arrow Canyon

GSSP for Bashkirian Stage of Pennsylvanian Subperiod

323-315 Las Vegas NV   2022/3/8    
UCMP University of California Museum of Paleontology     Berkeley CA Wikipedia 2022/4/26    
CAcad California Academy of Sciences     San Francisco CA Wikipedia 2022/4/26    
JDFB John Day Fossil Beds

Lagerstätte for Eocene Epoch

56-33 Redmond OR Wikipedia 2022/6/21    
CFB Clarkia Fossil Beds

Lagerstätte for Langhian Stage of the Miocene Epoch

23-5.3 Clarkia ID Wikipedia 2022/8/16    
TSA Timescale Adventures     Bynum MT   2022/8/30    
BGL Bear Gulch Limestone

Lagerstätte for Bashkirian Stage, Pennsylvanian Subperiod, Carboniferous Period

323-315 White Sulphur Springs MT Wikipedia 2022/9/13    
MRock Museum of the Rockies     Bozeman MT Wikipedia 2022/9/20    
Geological Ages

During the tour I will visit many fossil sites, which I list below in the order (oldest to youngest) of the geological ages they represent. (The list of ages below is incomplete.) The dates for the various ages are taken from the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) of the International Commission on Stratigraphy, which serves as as close to an international standard for geological matters as one can get. The colors that are associated with the various ages, in the list to follow, in the fossil sites in the itinerary, and for that matter in Wikipedia (for example, the Cambrian period), also come from that source.

  • Click on
    • The name of the age to view its Wikipedia entry.
    • The name of the fossil site to view the best web site I have found for it.
    • The dates to see my itinerary around that visit.
Visiting the Ages of Gaia
Itinerary
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
-∞ 1998/10/1 18+ years Olympia WA    
  • The home I lived in the longest of my life.
-54 2017/6/1 30 Nisqually WA 8 Riverbend Campground      
-24 6/30 14 La Conner WA 123 La Conner RV Park      
-8 7/17 8 Monroe WA 62 Thunderbird RV Park      
1 7/23 3 La Conner WA 62 La Conner RV Park
  • This marks the "official" start of the Grand Fossil Tour.
3 7/25 7 Victoria BC 50 Oceanside RV Resort    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
10 2017/8/1 7 Vancouver BC 62 Burnaby Cariboo RV Park      
17 8/8 3 Kamloops BC 212 Kamloops RV Park 33‑56
20 8/11 4 Revelstoke BC 141 Canyon Hot Springs Resort      
24 8/15 5 Golden BC 71 Whispering Spruce Campground 508
29 8/20 2 Canmore AB 98 Spring Creek RV      
31 8/22 7 Drumheller AB 148 Dinosaur Trail    
38 8/29 3 Saskatoon SK 307 Campland RV Resort      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
41 2017/9/1 4 Indian Head SK 212 Indian Head Campground    
45 9/5 7 Winnipeg MB 335 Birds Hill Campground Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre    
52 9/12 3 Devils Lake ND 234 Grahams Island State Park      
55 9/15 4 Aberdeen SD 211 Wylie Park & Storybook Land      
59 9/19 7 Yankton SD 231 Missouri River KOA Ashfall Lagerstätte  13.6
66 9/25 7 Des Moines IA 280 Webb’s Camping      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
73 2017/10/3 7 Minneapolis / St. Paul MN 283 Minneapolis Northwest KOA    
80 10/10 7 Tomah WI 208 Oakdale KOA 510
  • Cambrian
87 10/17 3 Green Bay WI 212 Rustic Timbers Camping      
90 10/20 7 Madison WI 191 Madison KOA
  • Visit Anne & Frank Allen
   
97 10/27 6 Chicago IL 211 Woodland Village RV    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
103 2017/11/2 35 Elkhart IN 67 Candlewood Suites    
138 2017/12/7 1 Bevier MO 452 Shoemaker’s RV Park      
139 12/8 3 Farlington KS 288 Crawford State Park
  • Fort Scott, KS
    • Nu Grille
  • Pittsburg, KS
    • Pittsburg State University
    • Chicken Annie's
    • Chicken Mary's
142 12/11 3 Springfield MO 117 Springfield / Route 66 KOA
  • Joyce & Kerry
145 12/14 3 Neosho MO 71 Stage Stop Campground      
148 12/17 2 Little Rock AR 264 Cherokee Lakes RV Park      
150 12/19 7 Vicksburg MS 217 Magnolia RV Park Resort    
157 12/26 7 New Orleans LA 161 Natalbany Creek Campground    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
164 2018/1/2 7 Mobile AL 185 Meaher State Park      
171 1/9 7 Perry FL 294 Perry KOA    
178 1/16 6 Tampa FL 233 Winter Quarters Pasco RV Resort
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tampa
   
184 1/22 1 LaBelle FL 168 Port LaBelle Inn      
185 1/23 3 Miami FL 128 Miami Everglades RV Resort    
188 1/26 7 Big Pine Key FL 98 Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina
  • Florida Keys
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
195 2018/2/2 4 Miami FL 98 Miami Everglades RV Resort
  • Miami
  • Ft. Lauderdale
   
199 2/6 7 Orlando FL 249 Christmas RV Park    
206 2/13 7 Jacksonville FL 158 Pecan Park RV Resort    
213 2/20 3 Columbus GA 308 Lake Pines RV Park and Campground 89
216 2/23 4 Atlanta GA 131 Stone Mountain Park Family Campground    
  2/27 7 Charleston SC 282 Charleston KOA
  • Fort Sumter
  • Charleston
  • Savannah, GA
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
230 2018/3/6 7 Charlotte NC 204 Charlotte / Fort Mill KOA      
234 3/13 7 Durham NC 245 Jordan Lake State Recreation Area    
241 3/20 7 Richmond VA 225 Williamsburg KOA      
248 3/27 7 Harpers Ferry WV 205 Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
255 2018/4/3 7 Lincoln DE 217 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Delaware Beaches      
262 4/10 7 Clarksbooro
Philadelphia
NJ
PA
189 Philadelphia South KOA    
269 4/17 7 New York NY 106 Mahlon Dickerson Reservation    
276 4/24 7 Hartford CT 176 Nelsons Family Campground    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
283 2018/5/1 7 Providence RI 54 Wawaloam Campground      
290 5/8 7 Amherst MA 54 Sunsetview Farm Camping Area    
297 5/15 10 New Hampshire NH 106 Calef Lake Camping Area
  • Visit
    • Jay & Cherrie
    • Mark, Hannah & Emma
   
311 5/25 11 St. Johnsbury VT 122 Moose River Campground    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
318 2018/6/5 7 Bangor ME 207 Pumpkin Patch RV Resort      
325 6/12 7 Penobsquis NB 229 Pine Cone Campground      
332 6/19 7 Cornwall PE 141 Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA      
339 6/26 7 Cape Breton NS 226 Arm of Gold Campground
  • Ferry to Newfoundland
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
346 2018/7/3 3 Doyles NL 113
(ferry)
+ 25
Grand Codroy RV-tent Camping Park      
349 7/6 4 Rocky Harbor NL 184 Grosmorne RV / Campground 485
353 7/10 7 Gander NL 231 Country Inn RV Park    
360 7/17 14 St. John's NL 208 Pippy Park Campgrounds 565
541
374 7/31 3 Argentia NL 80 Argentia Sunset Park
  • Ferry to Nova Scotia
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
377 2018/8/3 4 Cape Breton NS 343
(ferry)
Arm of Gold Campground      
381 8/7 7 Dartmouth NS 264 Wayside-Supercity Camping Park      
388 8/14 7 Amherst NS 140 Loch Lomond RV Park 315
395 8/21 7 Miguasha National Park QC 283 Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer 419-358
402 8/28 7 Quebec City QC 345 Camping de la Joie      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
409 2018/9/4 7 Montreal QC 160        
416 9/11 7 Ottawa ON 141      
423 9/18 7 Toronto ON 274      
430 9/25 7 Buffalo NY 99      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
437 2018/10/2 35 Pittsburgh PA 218      
472 2018/11/6 7 Cincinnati OH 291        
479 11/13 14 Nashville TN 273        
493 11/27 7 Memphis TN 212        
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
501 2018/12/4 7 Adelaide AUS Air  
  • South Australia Museum, Adelaide
508 12/11 7 Ediacara Hills AUS Air  
  • Ediacara Hills, Flinders Range
620 Ediacaran
515 12/18 16 Wellington NZ Air  
  • Christmas in New Zealand with Robin, Martyn & Trystan
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
530 2019/1/3 12 Memphis TN Air   The Pink Palace Museum    
542 1/15 35 Jackson MS 210        
577 2019/2/19 35 Birmingham AL 237        
612 2019/3/26 35 Chattanooga TN 146        
647 2019/4/30 35 Louisville KY 306      
682 2019/6/4 14 Charleston WV 246        
696 6/18 35 College Park MD 358  
  • District of Columbia
  • Smithsonian
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
731 2019/7/23 35 Philadelphia
New York
PA
NY
217      
766 2019/8/27 7 Rome NY 266   455
773 2019/9/3 7 Ithaca NY 116        
780 9/10 7 Cleveland OH 329      
787 9/17 14 Detroit MI 176      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
801 2019/10/1 14 Bloomington IN 353        
815 10/15 7 Urbana IL 152        
822 10/22 7 St. Louis MO 179        
829 10/29 35 Springfield MO 222        
864 2019/12/3 7 Atoka OK 290   453
871 12/10 35 Dallas-
Fort Worth
TX 130      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
906 2020/1/14 14 Bryan TX 170   Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History    
920 1/28 35 Houston TX 97      
955 2020/3/3 7 San Antonio TX 81        
962 3/10 7 Fort Stockton TX 328        
969 3/17 7 Big Bend National Park TX 145   100 Cretaceous
976 3/24 14 Carlsbad NM 283 Guadalupe Mountains National Park 270
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
990 2020/4/7 7 El Paso TX 114        
997 4/14 7 Tucson AZ 317        
1004 4/21 7 Yuma AZ 237        
1011 4/28 14 San Diego CA 139      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1025 2020/5/12 14 Los Angeles CA 120   0.01
   
1039 5/26 14 San Francisco CA 386      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1053 2020/6/9 7 Eureka CA 354        
1081 6/16 14 Ashland OR 205      
1074 6/30 7 Redmond OR 299   45
1081 2020/7/7 7 Astoria OR 322        
1088 7/14 35 Seattle WA 132        
1123 2020/8/18 7 Ellensburg WA 139        
1130 8/25 7 Coeur d’Alene ID 205   15
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1137 2020/9/1 7 Missoula MT 208      
1144 9/8 14 Choteau MT 159      
1158 9/22 7 Lewistown MT 172   318
1165 9/29 7 Bozeman MT 173      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1172 2020/10/6 7 West Yellowstone MT 87      
1179 10/13 7 Jackson WY 126      
1186 10/20 7 Casper WY 278        
1193 10/27 7 Ogallala NE 299        
1200 2020/11/3 7 Hays KS 259        
1207 11/10 7 Topeka KS 204        
1214 11/17 14 Platte City MO 72        
1228 2020/12/1 14 Springfield MO 190        
1242 12/15 7 Oklahoma City OK 316        
1249 12/22 35 Austin TX 388   Texas Memorial Museum    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1284 2021/1/26 7 Lubbock TX 378      
1291 2021/2/2 35 Albuquerque NM 320      
1326 2021/3/9 35 Santa Fe NM 64        
1361 2021/4/13 7 Ghost Ranch NM 60   205
1368 4/20 7 Nageezi NM 122      
1375 4/27 35 Durango CO 106   Mesa Verde National Park    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1410 2021/6/1 7 Alamosa CO 203        
1417 6/8 35 Colorado Springs CO 164  
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • University of Colorado Museum of Natural Science
   
1452 2021/7/13 7 Laramie WY 114      
1459 7/20 7 Gering NE 196        
1466 7/27 14 Hill City SD 192      
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Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1480 2021/8/10 7 Devil's Tower WY 120      
1487 8/17 7 Thermopolis WY 212      
1494 8/24 7 Kemmerer WY 240   56
1501 8/31 7 Salt Lake City UT 145   Natural History Museum of Utah    
1508 2021/9/7 7 Delta UT 138   507
1515 9/14 35 Page AZ 317   Lake Powell    
1550 2021/10/19 35 Flagstaff AZ 129      
1585 2021/11/3 35 Phoenix AZ 145      
1620 2021/12/28 35 Lake Havasu City AZ 209        
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1655 2022/2/1 35 Palm Springs CA 194   16
1690 2022/3/8 35 Los Angeles CA 123   0.01
   
1725 2022/4/12 35 San Francisco CA 386      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
1760 2022/5/17 7 Groveland CA 143      
1767 5/24 7 Bishop CA 259        
1774 5/31 35 Las Vegas NV 266   323
1802 2022/6/28 35 Grand Canyon AZ 337      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age

Following the Grand Fossil Tour

Well, that's the plan, and like all plans, it's subject to change on whim or hard experience. We'll see what happens.

By the way, I intend to follow a common format in my blogs of the tou. That means that not only will you find things in pretty much the same place in each blog (if the blog contains that item at all), I can include some additional standard navigation aids to help you go to specific items. So in addition to the buttons you:

Pages Button Where What It Does
Grand Fossil Tour Itinerary
(Table Above)
Arrival Date Itinerary Stop When linked, goes to the blog of the corresponding stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the map of the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the list of geological ages and their corresponding stops on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the overview of locations by month on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the detailed list of stops on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Blogs of Stops on the Grand Fossil Tour Footer Goes to the Itinerary for the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the blog of the previous stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the Journey section of the current page.
Footer Goes to the Locale section for the current page.
Footer Goes to the Campground section for the current page.
Footer Goes to the Points of Interest section for the current page.
Footer Goes to the Museums section for the current page.
Footer Goes to the Fossils section for the current page.
Footer Goes to the Phoenix's Story for the current page.
Footer Goes to the report of the next stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.
Footer Goes to the report of the latest stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour.

By the way, from now on:

You can of course always get to itinerary from any blog by using Calendar button as described above. And you can get to the blog for any particular stop by clicking the Arrival date for that stop in the itinerary.

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Preface to Update of June, 2018

Well, it's been a year since I started this tour, and it's time for a major replanning. Things have been going reasonably well, given the quirky, adventurous nature of RV travel, but some changes need to be made.

  1. I need to slow down! Weekly moves are doable, certainly better than the daily moves that Marilynn and I made on our motor home trip from Washington to Pennsylvania. But I'm changing the itinerary so that much of the time, I'll be moving monthly (actually every 5 weeks, so I'll still be changing parks on Tuesday, when the traffic is low). I anticipate several benefits:
    • I'll be able to see more, without having to play tourist every day.
    • I'll burn less fuel.
    • I can take advantage of the major discounts many parks offer for monthly stays.
    • I'll be able to get more of my writing done.
  2. I need to return to the Smithsonian after they reopen their Hall of Fossils. Not having access to that collection was a major bummer.

So the upshot is that I'll be spending another year east of the Mississippi, with a large number of monthly stops, before heading back west. The itinerary below reflects the changes my tentative plan.

Why, you ask, do I plan so far ahead? The answer is that I want to reconcile some major objectives:

  • See as many fossil sites and museums as possible.
  • Keep temperatures as comfortable as possible, by traveling south in the winter, and north in the summer.
  • Visit family and friends at times that make sense.

Of course, as this major replanning shows, no plan is final.

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