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The Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour: 2017-2019

The Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour: 2017-2019

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: 2017-2019
Subtitle Itinerary: The Current Plan for the Tour
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Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://PhoenixNest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2017-9-09
Last Revised 2017-11-21

It's time for the Phoenix to fly! I launched my Grand Fossil Tour in the summer of 2017. Over the next two and a half 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.

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
Map Eastern Route
Index 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
2017 2018 2019
Month Location Month Location Month Location
JAN   JAN
  • Alabama
  • Florida
JAN
  • NEW ZEALAND
  • Texas
FEB   FEB
  • Florida
  • Georgia
FEB
  • Texas
  • New Mexico
MAR   MAR
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
MAR
  • New Mexico
APR   APR
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
APR
  • Arizona
  • California
MAY   MAY
  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Vermont
MAY
  • California
JUN
  • Washington
JUN
  • Maine
  • New Brunswick
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
JUN
  • California
  • Nevada
JUL
  • Washington
  • British Columbia
JUL
  • Newfoundland
JUL
  • Arizona
  • Utah
  • Wyoming
AUG
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
AUG
    • Nova Scotia
    • Quebec
    • Ontario
AUG
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • Colorado
SEP
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
SEP
  • New York
  • Ontario
  • Michigan
SEP
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • Montana
OCT
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
OCT
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee
OCT
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
NOV
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Kansas
NOV
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
NOV
  • Oregon
  • Washington
DEC
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
DEC
  • Texas
  • AUSTRALIA
  • NEW ZEALAND
DEC  
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
-∞ 1998/10/1 18+ years Olympia WA    
  • My longest home
-54 2017/6/1 30 Nisqually WA 8 Riverbend Campground      
-24 6/30 14 La Conner WA 123 La Conner RV Park      
-8 2017/7/14 8 Monroe WA 62 Thunderbird RV Park      
1 7/22 3 La Conner WA 62 La Conner RV Park      
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
21 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 Lagerstatte  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 MN 283 Minneapolis Northwest KOA    
80 10/10 7 Stevens Point WI 208 Oakdale KOA 510
  • Cambrian
87 10/17 3 Green Bay WI 212 Rustic Timbers Camping      
90 10/20 7 Madison WI 191 KOA Madison
  • 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 18 Elkhart IN 67 Candlewood Suites    
121 11/20 8 Platte City MO 600 Quality Inn
  • Thanksgiving
  • Judy, Leavenworth, KS
128 11/27 3 Elkhart IN 600 Candlewood Suites    
131 11/30 1 Springfield IL 294 Springfield KOA      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
132 2017/12/1 4 Springfield MO 316 Springfield / Route 66 KOA
  • Joyce & Kerry
136 12/5 6 Farlington KS 117 Crawford State Park
  • Fort Scott, KS
  • Pittsburg, KS
    • Pittsburg State University
    • Chicken Annie's
    • Chicken Mary's
142 12/11 4 Neosho MO 71 Stage Stop Campground      
146 12/15 4 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 Tallahassee FL 294

Perry KOA

     
178 1/16 7 St. Petersburg, Tampa FL 260

Manatee RV Park

     
185 1/23 3 Miami FL 237 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 Ft. Lauderdale FL 98 Miami Everglades RV Resort    
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 7 Atlanta GA 116 Stone Mountain Park    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
223 2018/3/2 3 Savannah GA 262 Hardeeville RV - Thomas Parks      
226 3/5 4 Charleston SC 98 James Island      
230 3/9 4 Charlotte NC 204 McDowell Nature Preserve      
234 3/13 7 Durham NC 136 Jones Station RV Park    
241 3/20 7 Richmond VA 191 Chippokes Plantation State Park      
248 3/27 7 Marbury MD 156 Smallwood State Park    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
255 2018/4/3 7 Milton DE 130 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort Delaware Beaches      
262 4/10 7 Philadelphia PA 189 Timberlane Campground    
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 14 New Hampshire NH 106 Calef Lake Camping Area
  • Visit
    • Jay & Cherrie
    • Mark, Hannah & Emma
   
311 5/29 7 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 213 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 166 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 Channel Port aux Basques NL 116 Grand Codroy RV-tent Camping Park      
349 7/6 4 Green Point NL 185 Grosmorne RV / Campground 485
353 7/10 10 Gander NL 239 Country Inn RV Park Side trip to Seatte to visit family
363 7/20 4 Fortune NL 235 Frenchmans Cove Provincial Park 541
367 7/24 7 St. John's NL 204 Pippy Park Campgrounds 565
374 7/31 2 Argentia NL 83 Argentia Sunset Park
  • Ferry to Nova Scotia
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
376 2018/8/2 4 Cape Breton NS Ferry Arm of Gold Campground      
380 8/6 4 Dartmouth NS 264 Wayside-Supercity Camping Park      
384 8/10 4 Amherst NS 140 Loch Lomond RV Park 315
388 8/14 7 Miguasha National Park QC 263 Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer 370
395 8/21 3 St. Lawrence River QC 209 Camping Du Quai      
398 8/24 4 Quebec City QC 137 Camping de la Joie      
402 8/28 7 Ottawa ON 294 Wesley Clover Parks Campground     
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
409 2018/9/4 7 Rome NY 213 The Villages at Turning Stone 455
416 9/11 7 Buffalo NY 225 Windmill Point Park    
423 9/18 7 Toronto ON 75 Milton Heights Campground    
430 9/25 7 Detroit MI 268 Harbortown RV Resort    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
437 2018/10/2 7 Cleveland OH 161 Countryside Campground    
444 10/9 7 Pittsburgh PA 155 Mountain Top Campground    
451 10/16 3 Charleston WV 232 Kanawha State Forest      
454 10/19 7 Louisville KY 263 Grand Trails RV Park    
461 10/26 4 Bloomington IN 109 Lake Monroe Village      
465 10/30 7 Nashville TN 269 Tanbark Campground      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
472 2018/11/6 7 Memphis TN 194 Memphis-South RV Park & Campground      
479 11/13 3 Hot Springs AR 278 Kamping On Caddo      
482 11/16 4 Atoka OK 180 Boggy Depot State Park 453
486 11/20 15 Dallas-
Fort Worth
TX 126 Sandy Lake RV Park    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
501 2018/12/5 7 Adelaide AUS    
  • South Australia Museum, Adelaide
508 12/12 7 Ediacara Hills AUS    
  • Ediacara Hills, Flinders Range
620 Ediacaran
515 12/19 14 Wellington NZ    
  • Christmas in New Zealand with Robin, Martyn & Trystan
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
529 2019/1/2 2 Dallas-
Fort Worth
TX   Sandy Lake RV Park      
531 1/4 11 Houston TX 269 Lakeview RV Resort    
542 1/15 7 San Antonio TX 181 Hill Country RV Resort      
549 1/22 7 Fort Stockton TX 328 Parkview RV Park      
556 1/29 7 Big Bend National Park TX 146 Rio Grande Village 100 Cretaceous
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
563 2019/2/5 7 Pine Springs TX 283 Guadalupe Mountains National Park 270
570 2/12 7 Lubbock TX 242 Twin Pine RV Park    
577 2/19 7 Clayton Lake State Park NM 273 Clayton Lake State Park      
584 2/26 7 Albuquerque NM 278 Leisure Mountain RV Park    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
591 2019/3/5 7 Santa Fe NM 58 Trailer Ranch      
598 3/12 7 Ghost Ranch NM 66 Riana Campground - Abiquiu Lake 205
605 3/19 7 Gallup NM 229 USA RV Park    
612 3/26 7 Silver City NM 259 Burro Mountain Homestead      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
619 2019/4/2 7 Tucson AZ 204 Diamond J RV Park      
626 4/9 7 Phoenix AZ 145 Phoenix Metro RV Park      
633 4/16 7 Yuma AZ 186 Blue Sky RV Park      
640 4/23 7 San Diego CA 186 Mission Bay RV Resort    
647 4/30 14 Los Angeles CA 140 Lake Elsinore Marina & RV Resort 0.01
   
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
661 2019/5/14 7 Barstow CA 97 Victorville Shady Oasis Kampground 16
668 5/21 7 Paso Robles CA 250 Vines RV Resort
  • Wine country
   
675 5/28 14 San Francisco CA 198 San Francisco RV Resort    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
689 2019/6/11 7 Yosemite Valley CA 177 Yosemite West Mariposa KOA    
696 6/18 3 South Lake Tahoe CA 221 Tahoe Valley Campground      
699 6/21 4 Topanah NV 239 Yosemite West Mariposa KOA      
703 6/25 7 Las Vegas NV 73 Duck Creek RV Park 323
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
710 2019/7/2 7 Grand Canyon AZ 266 Trailer Village    
717 7/9 7 Flagstaff AZ 94 Flagstaff KOA    
724 7/16 7 Cannonville UT 294 Cedar City KOA    
731 7/23 7 Delta UT 159 Antelope Valley RV Park 507
738 7/30 7 Kemmerer WY 242 Riverside RV 56
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
745 2019/8/6 7 Yellowstone MT 275 The Virginian Lodge RV Resort    
752 8/13 3 Jackson WY 126 Choteau Mountain View Campground    
755 8/16 4 Thermopolis WY 191 Eagle RV Park    
759 8/20 6 Laramie WY 273 KOA Laramie    
766 8/27 7 Estes Park CO 121 Estes Park KOA    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
773 2019/9/3 3 Scottsbluff NB 196 Robidoux RV Park      
776 9/6 4 Interior SD 207 Robidoux RV Park Badlands National Park    
780 9/10 7 Hill City SD 104 Creekside Mountain Resort    
0.026
787 9/17 3 Devil's Tower WY 314 KOA Devils Tower    
790 9/20 4 Ekalaka MT 127 Medicine Rocks State Park
  • Carter County Museum
   
794 9/24 3 Billings MT 258 Sunrise Campground      
797 9/27 4 Bozeman MT 141 Sunrise Campground    
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
801 2017/10/1 7 White Sulphur Springs MT 80 Conestoga Campground 318
808 10/8 3 Choteau MT 301 Choteau Mountain View Campground    
811 10/11 4 Missoula MT 168 Jim & Mary's RV Park    
815 10/15 7 Clarkia ID 226 Scenic Six Park 15
822 10/22 7 Redmond OR 306 Crooked River Ranch RV Park 45
829 10/29 7 Crater Lake OR 306 Diamond Lake RV Park      
Day Arrival Nights City St Miles Campground Points of Interest MYA Geological Age
836 2019/11/5 7 Ashland OR 210 Glenyan RV Park    
843 11/12 3 Newport OR 225 Port Of Newport Marina & RV Park      
846 11/15 4 Astoria OR 135 Circle Creek RV Park      
850 11/19   Seattle WA 200 New "permanent" location to be found in western Washington

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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