group came about kind of by accident. We had all hunted together on
occasion but not all together as a group or a team. What started it all
was a combination of an idea and a desire to go to Kansas. The desire
to go to Kansas was mine (Dana's), as I am from Kansas and have missed
it very much. Isn't it funny how the proverbial grass is always greener
on the other side...but when you get to the other side, sometimes it's
not so green after all......
I had spent my whole life in
2003 when I moved to Arizona. I moved because we had had a really bad
ice storm and I did not want to go through two solid weeks of no
electricity, four small kids, and a little one gallon sized generator
that lasted about an hour again! Well, I have not had to deal with lots
of ice out here, that's for sure! I also found my husband, Keith - and
a love for searching for meteorites, so I guess good things DO come out
Anyway - I was feeling a little (like
homesick when we had the opportunity to go to Kansas and search for the
Admire Pallasite Meteorite. I was ready and chomping at the bit!
I drug Keith out to Kansas
at the beginning
of June, 2009 with all kinds of hopes and excitement. Once we got
started we realized we really needed some help! We had invited our
friends Guy Fichtelman and Mike Miller to come help hunt, but Guy would
not be able to make it out for a couple weeks and Mike was at least a
month away from making it. So Keith got to work and learned to love the
"Admire Grind". After two weeks we were feeling a bit "whupped"; score
1 for the Admire Pallasite Meteorite and 0 for us!
The day that Guy was going
to arrive, I was doing some research when Keith called me on my cell:
"Hey, Hon" he
said "I need some water"
"Okay. I can be
there in about 30 minutes" I said
"Okay." he paused "By the way, I found a meteorite"
I think I almost cried I was
Needless to say, I hustled
The way we do our recoveries
is by including
the landowners; and anyone else who wants to be involved. I had told
Keith that I did not want him to actually remove the meteorite; just to
expose enough to confirm it actually WAS a meteorite. We certainly
didn't want to invite folks out and NOT really have one to dig up! So
on my way to where he was I called the landowner and the other people
who wanted to be a part of it and we all met and together we got to see
it for the first time.
It was totally fun and felt
great to get to
share it with everybody. Guy even showed up within 30 minutes of
recovering it. I don't think all meteorite hunters get to enjoy it the
way we did- it is much more enjoyable to share the