Old Dead Things

Our children recently developed an interest in archaeology and paleontology. Since we were going to be in western Colorado for a week, I looked online to see if there was anywhere we could find fossils. Not just see them, but collect them. Turns out, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administrates a lot of land in the area we were staying, and allows the personal collection of plant and invertebrate fossils.

I found a couple posts about a place near Douglas Pass where a layer of fossil-bearing shale is exposed by road cuts. So we made plans to go. Most of the trip was straight with a gradual climb. But the last 5 miles or so climbed from about 6,000 feet to around 8,000. Close to the top of the pass, we took a gravel road higher up the mountainside to an area of public land near an FAA communications installation.

 

Road at Douglas Pass

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We found a few fossils, though we hardly knew enough to know what we were finding. A couple were nice finds for us – a small leaf and an insect.

 

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Lots of fossils means lots of things died. And the Bible says death is the penalty for sin. But God is gracious, so we sat there looking for fossils, overlooking a beautiful landscape full of life.

 

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Fossil-hunting was the morning’s outing. In the afternoon we explored part of Coal Canyon. Sure enough, we saw the entrance to an old coal mine. We also saw – unexpectedly – a wild horse.

 

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There’s so much to explore!

 

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