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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Time to Hit the Salt (water that is)

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Mr. Ken has transitioned again this 'rainy season' from fresh to salt water fossil hunts. With the creek waters now covering even earlier walking paths, Rockman joined his fellow fossil hunters on board a charter to try their luck in 5 to 15 foot visibility in Gulf waters, a mile and a half off shore of Venice, FL.

The trip included three separate dives. Mr. Ken saw two yellow angel fish, with long tendrils trailing, as they swam side by side. He also spotted a small ray.

A nice sized Mako shark tooth, a horse tooth, turtle shell fossils, a beautiful whelk shell (not live), and various mammal bone fossils were among Rockman's finds.

Fossils are searched for and found much differently in the ocean than in the creek beds. Saltwater searches can stir up 'silt' on the ocean floor and disrupt the 'vis' (visibility). A waving motion of the diver's hand (known as fanning) moves the silt to disrupt the surface, and hopefully the current clears the water for fossils to be seen more easily. The areas to 'fan' are ones where broken fossilized bones and shells are seen.

One of Mr. Ken's first salt water Megalodon fossil tooth finds came with the assistance of a sunbeam through the water to outline the large shark tooth before him as he combed beneath the waters at Venice.

This trip included a routine visit of a 'free-loader', according to the boat's captain. An Anhinga bird, comically named 'Dave', took his perch at the bow, as he does regularly at this dive spot according to the skipper.

What a great mid-week fossil trip, Mr. Ken! So glad you shared your time with us when you 'hit the salt'!


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