Fossil Fest


Back when I was in high school, my mother insisted that we have Family Outings on Sunday. These outings often took us to interesting and/or strange places, like an apple orchard with a very creepy old dude singing about killing turkeys or to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield on a scorching summer day.

As much as we still make fun of these little adventures, I can’t seem to shake the habit. I still love going on quirky outings. So on Saturday, my roommate and I hopped in the car and headed to Cypress Gardens.

Cypress Gardens, located on part of an old rice plantation, is 80 acres of “blackwater bald cypress/tupelo swamp” in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. There are nature trails, swamp boat rides, a butterfly house, and swamparium. As appealing as these attractions are, I ventured to Cypress for a different reason: Fossil Fest.

Walking into Fossil Fest, the twang of a banjo and the smell of BBQ were the first things to greet you. Then your eye drifted to tables of sharks teeth, polished stones, and a variety of shards, bones, and whatnots. I’m no fossil expert, but the collectors and vendors behind the tables certainly were, and they were a talkative bunch. The fossils on display were all discovered along the South Carolina coast, and many were for sale. Some of the items were pretty impressive, but when it comes down to it, I have no idea what I would do with a fossilized shark tooth in my apartment.


With that, I said goodbye to the BBQ, banjo, and bones, and so ended this week’s obscure outing. Can’t wait until next week.

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