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The Distant Path: A Cyber-CD

Inyo Plays 32 Covers and Original Solo, Acoustic 6 And 12-String Guitar Instrumentals

 

This is the "cover" of my Cyber-CD, "The Distant Path," in which I play 32 selections of covers and original solo, acoustic 6 and 12-string guitar instrumentals.

The cover of my Cyber-CD is a view directly eastward along the path to Carrara Canyon at Bare Mountain, south of Beatty, Nevada, amidst the glorious Great Basin Desert. It's the type locality--where a geologic rock formation was first described in the scientific literature--for the world-famous lower to middle Cambrian-age Carrara Formation, which yields an abundant fossil fauna of trilobites (an extinct order of arthropod), brachiopods, blue-green algae and invertebrate animal tracks and trails--all roughly 530 to 515 million years old. The "striped" grayish-blue rocks along the skyline belong to what geologists call the Bonanza King Dolomite, a thick deposit of magnesium carbonate of Upper Cambrian age, around 500 million years old; reddish-brown rocks at mouth of Carrara Canyon, between which the path passes, have been assigned to the lower Cambrian Wood Canyon Formation, some 535 million years old, from which some of the oldest trilobite remains in the world have been collected.

Just over the ridgeline in the photograph, on the other side (east) of Carrara Canyon at Bare Mountain lies the United States AEC (American Energy Commission) Nuclear Testing Range. Cyber-CD cover designed and created by Inyo.

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Introduction:

Here are 32 audio MP3 tracks of covers and original solo, acoustic, instrumental 6 and 12-string guitar renditions. It is my Cyber-CD, called "The Distant Path: A Cyber-CD."

The Cyber-CD--that is, a web-based compact disk where visitors may download at their convenience, for free, a number of music files that would, in a commercial venue, be considered a traditional CD--contains an inclusive cross-section of the kinds of acoustic, instrumental guitar arrangements I have become "recognized" for--my primary influences remain: Bluegrass; Ragtime; Americana; Pop-Rock; Blues; American Country Music; Folk; old time Jazz; and of course 1960s and 70s Classic Rock.

A special note here: I have not multi-tracked--that is, double-recorded--the musical selections at this Web Page. All have been played in solo, acoustic, instrumental style--in other words, the performances here consist of "one person, one guitar only," in which I used no multiple recording techniques, or overdubbing--just a guitar in my own "hot little hands."

All That Legal Stuff--It's All Free Music

And now for the legal matters. Here's the lowdown--You have my permission to download any or all of the songs for your personal, noncommercial use only (all of my recordings here are of course copyrighted). In other words, you may--(1) download any or all of the performances to your computer's hard drive for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (2) burn any or all of the renditions here to a CD for personal, noncommercial use only; or, (3) record any or all of the performances to a cassette tape for personal, noncommercial use only. OK, legal disclaimers are here and now finished, concluded, ended...you get the idea, I'm sure.

For more free music, visit my pages, The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD--that's where you can here me play 30 cover selections of some of my favorite songs; Beyond The Timberline--A Cyber-CD--where I play 32 covers and original compositions; Inyo And Folks--A Musical History (where my parents and I play 110 arrangements of popular songs on acoustic 6 and 12-string guitars, banjo, kazoo, maracas, and tambourine); Acoustic Stratigraphy (I play 34 covers of some of my favorite songs on acoustic 6 and 12-string guitars); Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD (32 covers and original compositions); and The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD (32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of some of my previously released tracks).

For an all-text page that includes all 332 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD .

Jump on over to my page It's A Happening Thing--Music From The Year 1967. Includes YouTube (and other sources) links to all songs that charted US Billboard Top 100 in year 1967 (close to a thousand, as as matter of fact), plus links to records that bubbled under US Billboard's Hot 100 charts that year (releases that placed #101 to #135); peruse, too, my extensive personal database of year 1967 music.

Shop Talk: All About The Recording Process:

For my acoustic, instrumental guitar Cyber-CD, The Distant Path--A Cyber CD, I used three different guitars--a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string, a 1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string, plus a 1970 Stella 12-string.

I recorded 19 of my 32 guitar renditions as solo performances directly to stereo digital format (raw Wav audio files) on a 1976 Martin D-35 6-string acoustic guitar during the years 2002 through 2004; also, on four tunes I used a 1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string guitar, all of which I also captured through a computer to direct digital format during 2001-2002. Of course, Sigma is a subsidiary of the CF Martin company--and, specifically, the DMISTCE model is an acoustic instrument that includes a pickup. On nine additional solo selections, I played a 1970 Stella 12-string guitar through a portable stereo General Electric radio/cassette recorder, a stereo Teac cassette tape machine and a stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine--all of which have been digitally remastered from their original pre-1998 analog recordings (when I did not have access to computer technology).

During the recording sessions with the Martin D-35, I used two microphones plugged into a mixer, which in turn fed directly to the computer; while recording songs with the Sigma DMISTCE, I plugged the guitar's pickup plug directly into a mixer. I processed the raw Wav files exclusively through the freeware GoldWave audio editor (a much better audio editor than the ubiquitous "Audacity" program, in my own personal estimation)--versions 4.24 and 4.26, the last versions of GoldWave to be offered free of charge. Also helpful is an inexpensive utility called Wavclean, which miraculously removes annoying hisses in raw Wav files without degrading the overall sound quality. All the music files are in 128kbps MP3 format.

Email me at: Waucoba4@aol.com

The Distant Path--A Cyber-CD

Running Time Is: 79 minutes and 12 seconds, with standard two-second pauses between tracks

The links below lead to separate pages, with lyrics--and direct links--where the songs can then be played and/or downloaded

Once at a download page, to save a file, right click on a link and use the "Save Target As" option to place in a folder

Selection #1: Solitary Man (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. A Neil Diamond composition. #55 US Billboard for Neil Diamond, 1966--then, #21 US Billboard for Neil Diamond in 1970. 2:37

Selection#2: Fields Of Gold (1976 Martin D-35; October 9, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif.. #23 US Billboard for Sting, 1993. 2:19

Selection #3: San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair (1976 Martin D-35; June 20, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A John Phillips composition. #4 US Billboard for Scott McKenzie, 1967. 2:23

Selection #4: Holiday (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; September 4, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #16 US Billboard for The Bee Gees, 1967. 2:13

Selection #5: Acceleration (Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:12

Selection #6: Memories Are Made Of This (1976 Martin D-35; November 29, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. #1 US Billboard for Dean Martin, 1956. 2:10

Selection #7: Help Me, Rhonda (1976 Martin D-35; February 22, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for The Beach Boys, 1965. 2:21

Selection #8: The Distant Path (HP and Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Santa Barbara, Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac reel to reel tape machine, purchased in Santa Barbara, Calif. 1:34

Selection #9: My Heart Will Go On (1998 Sigma DMISTCE 6-string; December 29, 2001; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for Celine Dion, 1998. 2:31

Selection #10: Sittin' On Top Of The World (a variation) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. The classic folk-blues piece penned by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon in 1930. Many folks know the song through the 1957 Howlin' Wolf version, later followed by famed rock trio Cream in 1968. 2:43

Selection #11: Weird Solitude (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-23-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:23

Selection #12: Softly Whispering I Love You (1976 Martin D-35; October 13 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. #29 US Billboard for The English Congregation, 1972. 3:03

Selection #13: My Love (1976 Martin D-35; November 12, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #1 US Billboard for Petula Clark, 1966. 2:05

Selection #14: High Country Scramble (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-26-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased Calif. 2:47

Selection #15: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (1976 Martin D-35; Dec 2, 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Gene Clark composition. From the 1965 album "Mr. Tambourine Man" by The Byrds--although the single 45rpm track--the flip-side to "All I Really Want To Do" by The Byrds--actually hit #103 US Billboard, 1965. 2:15

Selection #16: While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1976 Martin D-35; April 18, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A George Harrison composition. From "The White Album" by The Beatles, 1968. 3:23

Selection #17: What Lies Beyond (Inyo original; 1998 Sigma DMISTCE; June 23 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell compuper, purchased in Calif. 2:23

Selection #18: Memory (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. From the famous Musical, "Cats." For my version, I've eliminated the pedestrian break, keeping only the haunting verses. #39 US Billboard for Barry Manilow, 1983; #52 US Billboard for Barbra Streisand, 1982. 2:33

Selection #19: This Ol' Riverboat (1976 Martin D-35; June 25 2004; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. Originally recorded by The New Christy Minstrels for the 1964 Glenn Ford film, "Advance To The Rear." Included on the 1964 LP "Today" by The New Christy Minstrels. 2:23

Selection #20: Through The Ojai (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-22-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:27

Selection #21: It Hurts To Be In Love (1976 Martin D-35; October 23 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #7 US Billboard for Gene Pitney, 1964. 2:18

Selection #22: I Am A Rock (1976 Martin D-35; November 10, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Paul Simon composition. #3 US Billboard for Simon & Garfunkel, 1966. 2:16

Selection #23: It's The Way (Inyo original; 1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording;Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. 2:38

Selection #24: I'd Love You To Want Me (1976 Martin D-35; April 30, 2003;Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. #2 US Billboard for Lobo, 1972. 2:38

Selection #25: Rhinestone Cowboy (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded on a portable stereo cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. #1 US Billboard for Glen Campbell, 1975. 2:56

Selection #26: Seeking (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-24-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:31

Selection #27: The Story In Your Eyes (1998 Sigma DMISTCE; April 24, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. A Justin Hayward compostion. #23 US Billboard for The Moody Blues, 1971. 2:16

Selection #28: Deep Night (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a tereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. Co-written with Charlie Henderson by late 1920s-40s crooner Rudy Vallee, who with his group The Connecticut Yankees, in 1929, had a major US hit with "Deep Night."1:47

Selection #29: Here And Now (Inyo original; 1976 Martin D-35; 6-23-2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format on a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in Calif. 2:27

Selection #30: Heart Of Gold (1976 Martin D-35; August 6, 2003; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Neil Young composition. #1 US Billboard for Neil Young, 1972. 2:22

Selection #31: The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (1970 Stella 12-string; pre-1998 recording; Calif.); recorded with a stereo Teac cassette tape machine, purchased in Emporia, Kansas. #1 US Billboard for The Tokens, 1961. 2:23

Selection #32: My Back Pages 1976 Martin D-35; December 27, 2002; Calif.); recorded directly to stereo digital format with a 1990s Packard Bell computer, purchased in California. A Bob Dylan composition. #30 US Billboard for The Byrds, 1967. 2:27

Music Links Of Interest

The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo--A Cyber CD: Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

Inyo And Folks--A Musical History Listen to my parents and me play 110 acoustic guitar and banjo arrangements (all free music)

The Distant Path--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions (all free music)

Acoustic Stratigraphy--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 34 covers of some of my favorite songs (all free music)

 Back To Badwater--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 covers and original compositions

Inyo 7--A Cyber CD Listen to me play 30 covers of some of my favorite songs, plus originals (all free music)

The Rarities And Alternate Recordings Of Inyo--A Cyber-CD Listen to me play 32 seldom-heard, rare, alternate recordings of previously released tracks

For an all-text page that includes all 332 of my guitar mp3 files placed on the internet, go to All Inyo All The Time. That's where you'll find access to all of my musical selections, in order of their appearance on the Web--from my first Cyber-CD ("The Acoustic Guitar Solitaire Of Inyo") to the last, "Inyo 7" (never placed on the Net as a stand-alone Cyber-CD).

Links To My Fossils-Related Pages

Pages that I have created pertaining to matters paleontological

  • Fossils In Death Valley National Park: A site dedicated to the paleontology, geology, and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park; lots of on-site photographs of scenic localities within the park; images of fossils specimens; links to many virtual field trips of fossil-bearing interest.
  • Fossil Insects And Vertebrates On The Mojave Desert, California: Journey to two world-famous fossil sites in the middle Miocene Barstow Formation: one locality yields upwards of 50 species of fully three-dimensional, silicified freshwater insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that can be dissolved free and intact from calcareous concretions; a second Barstow Formation district provides vertebrate paleontologists with one of the greatest concentrations of Miocene mammal fossils yet recovered from North America--it's the type locality for the Bartovian State of the Miocene Epoch, 15.9 to 12.5 million years ago, with which all geologically time-equivalent rocks in North American are compared.
  • A Visit To Fossil Valley, Great Basin Desert, Nevada: Take a virtual field trip to a Nevada locality that yields the most complete, diverse, fossil assemblage of terrestrial Miocene plants and animals known from North America--and perhaps the world, as well.
  • Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: Visit wildly colorful Red Rock Canyon State Park on California's northern Mojave Desert, approximately 130 miles north of Los Angeles--scene of innumerable Hollywood film productions and commercials over the years--where the Middle to Late Miocene (13 to 7 million years old) Dove Spring Formation, along with a classic deposit of petrified woods, yields one of the great terrestrial, land-deposited Miocene vertebrate fossil faunas in all the western United States.
  • Late Pennsylvanian Fossils In Kansas: Travel to the midwestern plains to discover the classic late Pennsylvanian fossil wealth of Kansas--abundant, supremely well-preserved associations of such invertebrate animals as brachiopods, bryozoans, corals, echinoderms, fusulinids, mollusks (gastropods, pelecypods, cephalopods, scaphopods), and sponges; one of the great places on the planet to find fossils some 307 to 299 million years old.
  • Fossil Plants Of The Ione Basin, California: Head to Amador County in the western foothills of California's Sierra Nevada to explore the fossil leaf-bearing Middle Eocene Ione Formation of the Ione Basin. This is a completely undescribed fossil flora from a geologically fascinating district that produces not only paleobotanically invaluable suites of fossil leaves, but also world-renowned commercial deposits of silica sand, high-grade kaolinite clay and the extraordinarily rare Montan Wax-rich lignites (a type of low grade coal).
  • Trilobites In The Marble Mountains, Mojave Desert, California: Take a trip to the place that first inspired my life-long fascination and interest in fossils--the classic trilobite quarry in the Lower Cambrian Latham Shale, in the Marble Mountains of California's Mojave Desert. It's a special place, now included in the rather recently established Trilobite Wilderness, where some 21 species of ancient plants and animals have been found--including trilobites, an echinoderm, a coelenterate, mollusks, blue-green algae and brachiopods.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils Of Westgard Pass, California: Visit the Westgard Pass area, a world-renowned geologic wonderland several miles east of Big Pine, California, in the neighboring White-Inyo Mountains, to examine one of the best places in the world to find archaeocyathids--an enigmatic invertebrate animal that went extinct some 510 million years ago, never surviving past the early Cambrian; also present there in rocks over a half billion years old are locally common trilobites, plus annelid and arthropod trails, and early echinoderms.
  • A Visit To Ammonite Canyon, Nevada: Explore one of the best-exposed, most complete fossiliferous marine late Triassic through early Jurassic geologic sections in the world--a place where the important end-time Triassic mass extinction has been preserved in the paleontological record. Lots of key species of ammonites, brachiopods, corals, gastropods and pelecypods.
  • Fossils In Millard County, Utah: Take virtual field trips to two world-famous fossil localities in Millard County, Utah--Wheeler Amphitheater in the trilobite-bearing middle Cambrian Wheeler Shale; and Fossil Mountain in the brachiopod-ostracod-gastropod-echinoderm-trilobite rich lower Ordovician Pogonip Group.
  • Paleozoic Era Fossils At Mazourka Canyon, Inyo County, California: Visit a productive Paleozoic Era fossil-bearing area near Independence, California--along the east side of California's Owens Valley, with the great Sierra Nevada as a dramatic backdrop--a paleontologically fascinating place that yields a great assortment of invertebrate animals.
  • Late Triassic Ichthyosaur And Invertebrate Fossils In Nevada: Journey to two classic, world-famous fossil localities in the Upper Triassic Luning Formation of Nevada--Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park and Coral Reef Canyon. At Berlin-Ichthyosaur, observe in-situ the remains of several gigantic ichthyosaur skeletons preserved in a fossil quarry; then head out into the hills, outside the state park, to find plentiful pelecypods, gastropods, brachiopods and ammonoids. At Coral Reef Canyon, find an amazing abundance of corals, sponges, brachiopods, echinoids (sea urchins), pelecypods, gastropods, belemnites and ammonoids.
  • Fossils From The Kettleman Hills, California: Visit one of California's premiere Pliocene-age (approximately 4.5 to 2.0 million years old) fossil localities--the Kettleman Hills, which lie along the western edge of California's Great Central Valley northwest of Bakersfield. This is where innumerable sand dollars, pectens, oysters, gastropods, "bulbous fish growths" and pelecypods occur in the Etchegoin, San Joaquin and Tulare Formations.
  • Field Trip To The Kettleman Hills Fossil District, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic site on the western side of California's Great Central Valley, roughly 80 miles northwest of Bakersfield, where several Pliocene-age (roughly 4.5 to 2 million years old) geologic rock formations yield a wealth of diverse, abundant fossil material--sand dollars, scallop shells, oysters, gastropods and "bulbous fish growths" (fossil bony tumors--found nowhere else, save the Kettleman Hills), among many other paleontological remains.
  • A Visit To The Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, Southern California: Travel to the dusty hills near Bakersfield, California, along the eastern side of the Great Central Valley in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada, to explore the world-famous Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, a Middle Miocene marine deposit some 16 to 15 million years old that yields over a hundred species of sharks, rays, bony fishes, and sea mammals from a geologic rock formation called the Round Mountain Silt Member of the Temblor Formation; this is the most prolific marine, vertebrate fossil-bearing Middle Miocene deposit in the world.
  • Middle Triassic Ammonoids From Nevada: Travel to a world-famous fossil locality in the Great Basin Desert of Nevada, a specific place that yields some 41 species of ammonoids, in addition to five species of pelecypods and four varieties of belemnites from the Middle Triassic Prida Formation, which is roughly 235 million years old; many paleontologists consider this specific site the single best Middle Triassic, late Anisian Stage ammonoid locality in the world. All told, the Prida Formation yields 68 species of ammonoids spanning the entire Middle Triassic age, or roughly 241 to 227 million years ago.
  • Fossil Bones In The Coso Range, Inyo County, California: Visit the Coso Range Wilderness, west of Death Valley National Park at the southern end of California's Owens Valley, where vertebrate fossils some 4.8 to 3.0 million years old can be observed in the Pliocene-age Coso Formation: It's a paleontologically significant place that yields many species of mammals, including the remains of Equus simplicidens, the Hagerman Horse, named for its spectacular occurrences at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho; Equus simplicidens is considered the earliest known member of the genus Equus, which includes the modern horse and all other equids.
  • Fossil Plants At Aldrich Hill, Western Nevada: Take a field trip to western Nevada, in the vicinity of Yerington, to famous Aldrich Hill, where one can collect some 35 species of ancient plants--leaves, seeds and twigs--from the Middle Miocene Aldirch Station Formation, roughly 12 to 13 million years old. Find the leaves of evergreen live oak, willow, and Catalina Ironwood (which today is restricted in its natural habitat solely to the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California), among others, plus the seeds of many kinds of conifers, including spruce; expect to find the twigs of Giant Sequoias, too.
  • Fossils From Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Explore the badlands of the Manix Lake Beds on California's Mojave Desert, an Upper Pleistocene deposit that produces abundant fossil remains from the silts and sands left behind by a great fresh water lake, roughly 350,000 to 19,000 years old--the Manix Beds yield many species of fresh water mollusks (gastropods and pelecypods), skeletal elements from fish (the Tui Mojave Chub and Three-Spine Stickleback), plus roughly 50 species of mammals and birds, many of which can also be found in the incredible, world-famous La Brea Tar Pits of Los Angeles.
  • Field Trip To Pleistocene Lake Manix, California: Go on a virtual field trip to the classic, fossiliferous badlands carved in the Upper Pleistocene Manix Formation, Mojave Desert, California. It's a special place that yields beaucoup fossil remains, including fresh water mollusks, fish (the Mojave Tui Chub), birds and mammals.
  • Trilobites In The Nopah Range, Inyo County, California: Travel to a locality well outside the boundaries of Death Valley National Park to collect trilobites in the Lower Cambrian Pyramid Shale Member of the Carrara Formation.
  • Ammonoids At Union Wash, California: Explore ammonoid-rich Union Wash near Lone Pine, California, in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Union Wash is a ne plus ultra place to find Early Triassic ammonoids in California. The extinct cephalopods occur in abundance in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, with the dramatic back-drop of the glacier-gouged Sierra Nevada skyline in view to the immediate west.
  • A Visit To The Fossil Beds At Union Wash, Inyo County California: A virtual field trip to the fabulous ammonoid accumulations in the Lower Triassic Union Wash Formation, Inyo County, California--situated in the shadows of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States.
  • Ordovician Fossils At The Great Beatty Mudmound, Nevada: Visit a classic 475-million-year-old fossil locality in the vicinity of Beatty, Nevada, only a few miles east of Death Valley National Park; here, the fossils occur in the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone at a prominent Mudmound/Biohern. Lots of fossils can be found there, including silicified brachiopods, trilobites, nautiloids, echinoderms, bryozoans, ostracodes and conodonts.
  • Paleobotanical Field Trip To The Sailor Flat Hydraulic Gold Mine, California: Journey on a day of paleobotanical discovery with the FarWest Science Foundation to the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada--to famous Sailor Flat, an abandoned hydraulic gold mine of the mid to late 1800s, where members of the foundation collect fossil leaves from the "chocolate" shales of the Middle Eocene auriferous gravels; all significant specimens go to the archival paleobotanical collections at the University California Museum Of Paleontology in Berkeley.
  • Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada: Explore a 518-million-year-old fossil locality several miles north of Death Valley National Park, in Esmeralda County, Nevada, where the Lower Cambrian Harkless Formation yields the largest single assemblage of Early Cambrian trilobites yet described from a specific fossil locality in North America; the locality also yields archeocyathids (an extinct sponge), plus salterella (the "ice-cream cone fossil"--an extinct conical animal placed into its own unique phylum, called Agmata), brachiopods and invertebrate tracks and trails.
  • Fossil Leaves And Seeds In West-Central Nevada: Take a field trip to the Middlegate Hills area in west-central Nevada. It's a place where the Middle Miocene Middlegate Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with some 64 species of fossil plant remains, including the leaves of evergreen live oak, tanbark oak, bigleaf maple, and paper birch--plus the twigs of giant sequoias and the winged seeds from a spruce.
  • Ordovician Fossils In The Toquima Range, Nevada: Explore the Toquima Range in central Nevada--a locality that yields abundant graptolites in the Lower to Middle Ordovician Vinini Formation, plus a diverse fauna of brachiopods, sponges, bryozoans, echinoderms and ostracodes from the Middle Ordovician Antelope Valley Limestone.
  • Fossil Plants In The Dead Camel Range, Nevada: Visit a remote site in the vicinity of Fallon, Nevada, where the Middle Miocene Desert Peak Formation provides paleobotany enthusiasts with 22 species of nicely preserved leaves from a variety of deciduous trees and evergreen live oaks, in addition to samaras (winged seeds), needles and twigs from several types of conifers.
  • Early Triassic Ammonoid Fossils In Nevada: Visit the two remote localities in Nevada that yield abundant, well-preserved ammonoids in the Lower Triassic Thaynes Formation, some 240 million years old--one of the sites just happens to be the single finest Early Triassic ammonoid locality in North America.
  • Fossil Plants At Buffalo Canyon, Nevada: Explore the wilds of west-central Nevada, a number of miles from Fallon, where the Middle Miocene Buffalo Canyon Formation yields to seekers of paleontology some 54 species of deciduous and coniferous varieties of 15-million-year-old leaves, seeds and twigs from such varieties as spruce, fir, pine, ash, maple, zelkova, willow and evergreen live oak
  • High Inyo Mountains Fossils, California: Take a ride to the crest of the High Inyo Mountains to find abundant ammonoids and pelecypods--plus, some shark teeth and terrestrial plants in the Upper Mississippian Chainman Shale, roughly 325 million years old.
  • Field Trip To The Copper Basin Fossil Flora, Nevada: Visit a remote region in Nevada, where the Late Eocene Dead Horse Tuff provides seekers of paleobotany with some 42 species of ancient plants, roughly 39 to 40 million years old, including the leaves of alder, tanbark oak, Oregon grape and sassafras.
  • Fossil Plants And Insects At Bull Run, Nevada: Head into the deep backcountry of Nevada to collect fossils from the famous Late Eocene Chicken Creek Formation, which yields, in addition to abundant fossil fly larvae, a paleobotanically wonderful association of winged seeds and fascicles (bundles of needles) from many species of conifers, including fir, pine, spruce, larch, hemlock and cypress. The plants are some 37 million old and represent an essentially pure montane conifer forest, one of the very few such fossil occurrences in the Tertiary Period of the United States.
  • A Visit To The Early Cambrian Waucoba Spring Geologic Section, California: Journey to the northwestern sector of Death Valley National Park to explore the classic, world-famous Waucoba Spring Early Cambrian geologic section, first described by the pioneering paleontologist C.D. Walcott in the late 1800s; surprisingly well preserved 540-510 million-year-old remains of trilobites, invertebrate tracks and trails, Girvanella algal oncolites and archeocyathids (an extinct variety of sponge) can be observed in situ.
  • Petrified Wood From The Shinarump Conglomerate: An image of a chunk of petrified wood I collected from the Upper Triassic Shinarump Conglomerate, outside of Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado.
  • Fossil Giant Sequoia Foliage From Nevada: Images of the youngest fossil foliage from a giant sequoia ever discovered in the geologic record--the specimen is Lower Pliocene in geologic age, around 5 million years old.
  • Some Favorite Fossil Brachiopods Of Mine: Images of several fossil brachiopods I have collected over the years from Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic-age rocks.
  • For information on what can and cannot be collected legally from America's Public Lands, take a look at Fossils On America's Public Lands and Collecting On Public Lands--brochures that the Bureau Of Land Management has allowed me to transcribe.

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