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Gerri
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My husband and I are traveling with my two boys from Upstate NY to South Padre Island, Texas, leaving tomorrow. We are trying to plan our route and would like to look for geodes or interesting rocks/minerals/fossils. We are very interested in geodes but are not sure if we can locate them in these areas. Please give any advice that you might have. Thank you!!!
Bob Harman
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GERRI,   
     So tomorrow you travel from upstate NY to South Padre Island Tx.    My advice will be primarily for geodes, but invertebrate fossils probably will be easier and more widespread to be found at this time of year.   
Firstly, I suggest going to the website:   Mindat.org.     On their home page, in the search area, put in "Midwest USA Sedimentary Type Geodes"   There are 7 pages of pictures and discussions, and at the bottom of page 2 there is a posting from March 13, 2013 with a map of the USA showing the areas where collectible geodes might reliably be found.  
On your trip you will only find geodes in South-central Indiana thru central Kentucky and a small area in central Tennessee.    The Keokuk geode area is out of your way. There are no fee for digging areas or geode mines along your most probable route.
You might hunt for geodes along some lake shores and in stream beds within these areas. That is where the geology  is correct to find them.    Some of the areas in southern Indiana had very heavy rains this past weekend so stream levels might be high.  
Your best bet will probably be to hunt on lake shores in South-central Kentucky, but beware of ticks, mosquitos, and poison ivy; that stuff is all over the place this summer.  Respect private property.  Road cuts are another possibility, but at this time of year hard work is needed. Casual collectors, might be disappointed and hunting on interstate hi ways is not permitted.

Good hunting,    BOB
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