Having come from a family of rockhounds and fossil lovers, it's not a mystery why I love the hobby. Back in the 1960's, my family would all pile in the car and go on excursions out to the desert. There, we would search for fossils in dry creek beds. One year, my mother read a magazine article about digging for shark teeth in an area called Sharktooth Hill located in Bakersfield, California. Soon after, off we went on a 2 hour ride up north to Bakersfield. After many wrong turns, we finally made our way to the site. I was 7 years old at the time and that adventure sparked a life long passion. I still remember anxiously digging along side my mother and the frustration I felt when I didn't find any fossils. Seeing this, my mother leaned over and, with her hand shovel, broke off a section of earth for me to search in. The teeth and bone pieces I found that day became my treasures. Who would of thought, almost 50 years later, I would come to own a section of that exact area!
Since 2001, we've attended many digs hosted by the Ernst family and the Buena Vista Museum and have developed a deep appreciation of this very special place. We feel honored to be the guardians of future fossil finds that will contribute to the story of Sharktooth Hill.
I am thankful for having a wonderful husband that partakes in this passion and, by doing so, it has become his as well. His favorite saying is "Thanks for getting me hooked on this, Honey!". With a megalodon tooth in his hand, I am sure he doesn't mind!
I am in the home remodeling construction business. Our company, All Trades Ready Construction has been in business in Simi Valley, Ca. for over 20 years. I am no stranger to moving dirt and being outdoors.
My love of the outdoors comes in a long and slithering form, snakes. I know they aren't the most popular creatures, but I seem to have a real connection with them. As a kid, I caught many snakes near my home in the hills of Chatsworth, California. It was a great place to collect them and I have been doing it ever since. When Lisa and I first met, we would go to an area in southern Texas to look for the Gray Banded King snake. When I first heard about this rare snake in the 1980's, it went to the top of my bucket list to collect. The two of us would drive the Texas highways in search of this elusive snake. Even though it took us 10 years to finally spot one, we had fun along the way. It's easier collecting fossils than snakes as they are not always on the move.
When the opportunity to buy the quarry presented itself, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to buy it for Lisa. It would be a dream come true for her . Call it a big "thank you dear" for joining me on all my snake collecting adventures. Besides, I always wanted a place to build my own shooting range!
AIRED THIS PAST AUGUST DURING SHARK WEEK
It's been an exciting first year on the quarry between many fantastic new finds, friends, and the filming of three new TV shows. The first was Discovery Channel's Shark Week show
The Discovery Channel
Air date: August 22, 2012
Featuring the Mythbuster team
- Keri, Tori, & Grant as well as the making of a Megalodon shark replica right down to an awesome set of steel mechanical jaws.
The second show was National Geographic's
"AMERICAS LOST TREASURES"
National Geographic Channel
On this program we bring our lost treasure - a dolphin skull found by us last year.
The final filming was with HGTV for a new series called
"HOME STRANGE HOME"
After seeing our dinosaur/fossil themed home on Sharkzilla, HGTV wanted to film a closer look at our dinosaurs and fossil collection. We will update with an exact airing time soon.
GRANDSONS AND SHARKS
Nothing like spending the day at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach with the family
LAND SHARK ON DUTY
GOTTA LOVE THE MANY LOOKS !
JELLY FISH WORK OF ART