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He was a really good vet with amazing prices, it was worth the trip! I am not a dealer and will not be competition for your sales, I just want to make my first find and go home. Your meteorite friend, John. I kept wondering when Brendan would give it up and come home. Alan will cut the stone, analyze it and determine its classification. In their 3rd year in The Basketball Tournament, team Ram Nation found themselves in a familiar position.

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He figured out who the land owners were, contacted them and hunted what he could, even in the rain. We talked daily and by Wednesday I was ready to roll. Besides, with the cold and snow, I could use a long weekend in Florida, even if it was walking around a swamp. I drove down with my friend Brendan Fallon Thursday night. We were in the field hunting with Larry and his Aunt Laura by Friday morning. As we approached the ground near the radar returns, Larry got a call from a local number.

We stopped the car. It was a land owner. After about 15 minutes of talking we left to meet him at his property. When we got there, he told us, the morning of the fall he heard a crackling noise and saw two smoke rings in the sky above his head, one inside the other. He gave us permission to hunt, a key to the gates and a laminated map of his 15, acre ranch and then went on his way.

It sure is nice to walk into a 15, acre private ranch 15 minutes after starting a hunt. This was the zone, and we all knew we were going to find meteorites. Every step and every glance matters, one step leads to the next and there could be a meteorite around you at any time. We spent most of the first day at the ranch and left in the afternoon to scout out alternate areas. There is only one road into and through the search area, and calling it a road is a bit of a stretch. It had rained all day the day before, leaving the road and many areas flooded.

Larry was riding shot gun when we got to a wash out that was wider than the road and over 50 feet long. Surrounded by deep mud, it looked like a lake. He backed up and then accelerated fast. We hit the pond at 30 MPH and drove right through it, with quite a bit of mud squirming. Thats what we call clear spots along the side of the road or hunt-able areas that are easy to access.

Exhausted, we left he strewnfield and went straight to dinner. We celebrated at a nice steak house like we had already found meteorites. We were all filled with energy and so optimistic and grateful to be at that place in that moment. The next day, we went out to the state park and started hunting the paths and dirt roads that went through the swamp.

We were all walking north on a road about 10 feet wide. We got to a fork and Larry and Brendan turned around to search the other side of the road. Laura and I stayed behind to search the remaining roads. We turned around and headed back to the car to regroup. On our walk back, I paused for a second to stretch, looked down and there it was. The first meteorite from the fall. It was small, about 8 grams and I knew right away, but was cautious to get too excited at first. I got on the ground with my face just inches from the rock.

After a quick meteorite dance, Laura ran down the path to get the other guys while I stayed behind. They returned, we celebrated, took some pictures and continued on. I felt so relieved and at peace. Any other finds from this trip would be a bonus. We had a meteorite from this fall. I thought about all the mechanics involved to get to this place and time. For over 4 billion years this rock traveled s of millions of miles. And then, was found by me in a swamp. It was an amazing thought cycle filling me with euphoria.

I hunted around the next two hours close to my find. I wanted to find the fragments related to it. Meteorites often fall in clusters and are found close to each other.

A little later, I heard screaming from the group. Sure enough, Larry had just found the second stone. We all celebrated and were so excited. Now that we had found two stones and just hours apart, we all knew there were more meteorites all around us.

We hunted until dark that night and then went out to dinner to celebrate. We were all walking on air. Second Osceola Meteorite Find — My friend Josh Adkins drove down from Baltimore Saturday night and arrived in Lake City before we headed out to the field. Having not slept, and just driven 13 hours, he was pumped and ready to spend the day hunting.

We went back to the place where we had made the finds. When you find one meteorite there are others close by, so stay in that place and keep searching. Larry, his Aunt Laura and I started near my find.

After taking some pictures she pulled it out of the dirt. It left an impression the size of a sugar cube in the sand road. Leaves, burnt wood chips and tree bark all look like meteorites from 6 feet up. The only way to know for sure is to touch them as you go by.

I spent the rest of the day, crouching down every other minute and checking dark objects in the sand. I felt like the guy who combs the fringe on his rug. I suggested we drive toward the center of the radar return, and hunt for another hour until dark. Larry dropped us off on the main sand road and continued down a quarter mile with his Aunt. We planned to have him pick us up at the same spot an hour later.

The three of us hunted around the road, finding nothing and then worked our way back to where Larry dropped us off. I felt tired but satisfied. It was a great trip and I had accomplished what I set out to. As I reflected and thought about my find accepting it would be my one and only, I looked down into an old mud puddle. The mud was dry on top and cracked like the ground in a dry lake bed.

One of the cracks looked odd to me, so I poked it with my finger. Expecting it to be soft to the touch, when I realized it was hard, I got excited. There was a rock here. I pulled it out and immediately felt the weight. It was much heavier than a normal rock its size.

I wiped away the mud and started to see smooth divots throughout the stone. I borrowed a loupe from Brendan and once I looked at it through the magnifying glass I knew it was a meteorite.

The rock had a fantastic crust that was oozing rust. Forth Osceola Meteorite Find — I worked my way down the road to show Larry and confirm the find. I still had a little bit of doubt, it might not be a meteorite. Suspect at first, Larry inspected it with the magnifying glass and agreed. This was another meteorite, the 4th and biggest so far at 42 grams.

What a great way to end the day and the trip. Alan will cut the stone, analyze it and determine its classification. We should get a report in another week. I started my drive back home alone. I wished them luck but knew they would have a hard time in the days to come. The day after I got home I got a text from Brendan. It took them two days two get the truck out of the mud. The rest of the week for them was tough. I kept wondering when Brendan would give it up and come home. They had found a stone, a big one.

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