First stop: U-Dig Fossils. It was featured on the Travel Channel, which is how our friend heard about it and convinced us to go there. It's a long way out to the dig site, 150 miles south of Salt Lake City, then 30 miles on a paved road and another 20-some miles on a dirt road.
Once you get there, you pay the fee and the owners give you some tips on how to use the tools to break open the shale and look for trilobites.
Everyone gets a rock tool, even the smallest child. Many fingers get pounded, but it's okay! It's fun to be given a hammer and told to pound away.
Bigger kids and adults get a very sharp rock hammer which is much more effective at splitting open the shale. I guess I didn't take any pictures of the fossils, but we found a bucket full of trilobites in the two hours we spent there. Trilobites are invertebrate marine life that lived more than 550 million years ago when this area was an ocean. It was actually very cool. So we have 550 million year old fossils in our garage. Come visit and we'll show them to you!
We camped that night with our friends and spent the next day searching for topaz crystals at Topaz Mountain. I don't seem to have pictures from day two of the adventure, but we have a handful of topaz crystals to show for our work.