Becoming a paleontologist was right up there with becoming an astronaut while I was a kid. Obviously, I'm not either, but I fully expect one of my insane friends to build his own backyard rocket ship in the next 20 years, and after some digging I discovered that Pierre Shale Fossils are accessible in this part of Colorado. So, anything's possible, I guess. I always figured that much of Colorado was nothing but stegosaurs and other big stompy lizards. After a little bit more digging I realized that the "really cool rocks" that my grandfather's collected (while at work -- more info when I actually post the pics -- it'll make more sense) are ammonite. I've always known they were fossils, but without having anything to compare them to, I had no idea what kind. I'll make sure to get pics next time I drop by their house. After that -- I guess once it starts getting warm again I'll have to put on my hiking boots and stomp off into the prairies instead of the mountains.