Friday, October 4, 2013

Oakes Quarry

This afternoon we did some homeschool archeology at Oakes Quarry!   Philip actually discovered it while geocaching before we got into town.

(This part written by Philip) The quarry was originally used to obtain limestone for cement production and the land was donated to the city of Fairborn in 2003 and turned into a public park.  There are trails for hiking and horseback riding, ponds stocked for fishing plus one of the best fossil deposits in the country (at least according to some researchers at Ohio State must always keep the source in mind).  The exposed fossil beds are located at the east end of the quarry, about 3/4 of a mile walk from the parking area.  You are not allowed to go near the walls (not only would that be dangerous, there are still academic studies underway).  However, there are two large "spoil piles" from the mining days full of fossils that the public is allowed to explore and you're even allowed to take a few home.

At the top of the quarry

It was a beautiful walk!


I love the light in this one of them throwing rocks in the water

Caleb proved to be quite the little mountain goat like his brother and sister on the spoil piles! =)

Our first really good find was on a large boulder that was certainly not going home with us.

You can seem some parts in cross section and others longitudinally

This was the best piece we found.  It was sitting with the best part down and we couldn't believe what we found when we turned it over...

You've got to look at this one in full resolution to see is covered in coral, shells and other organisms.


I think climbing was their favorite part!

Family picture at the top (impressive that Philip could get up there and beat the timer on the camera!)

Heading out

Girl in a puddle


Pretty wildflowers

It. Was. Gorgeous - such rugged beauty!

Family in a puddle =)

I thought the sign was kind of cool
(Rebekah, you never mentioned that your family had a quarry in Ohio!) =)

Caleb wearing my sunglasses =)

Funny story, we went to Chick-Fil-A after this, and there was a guy there wearing the exact same Pi shirt that Philip wore today!  Turns out the guy was studying computer science at one of the local schools.  Hilarious!  (My camera was in the van)


Mom W. said...

Cool fossils, good educational experience!!!! Gorgeous area, even for Ohio, eh Philip. I was wondering if your comment about checking the source was said "tongue in cheek" =)

Jessica said...

oh my gosh! I would have paid money to see Philip standing twinsies with that guy. HAHA!! Also, tell Philip he is getting too close for my comfort in our Fantasy Football. :) Love the Riah Puddle Pic.

Mark and Rebekah said...

I love all these pictures!

Oh, and yes, my family is very quiet about our quarry in Ohio. Don't want to be boastful you know :)

Looks like you guys are having a blast in Dayton!

Love you all!