David Demick sees western Kansas as more than just flat, treeless plains.
The 56-year-old doctor of pathology at Mary Lanning Healthcare has spent three Memorial Day weekends over the last decade touring chalk beds in western Kansas looking for fossils.
“Most people don’t think of western Kansas as a very interesting place, so there’s not huge crowds out there,” he said. “Still, there’s beautiful scenery and lot of things to see and interesting rocks and fossils to find.”
Demick has studied paleontology and geology, reading books about the subject, throughout his life. Demick said he enjoys everything about the trips, from the fossils to the scenery.
“I just keep finding more and more interesting things the more I go down there,” he said.
The first time Demick visited the chalk beds of western Kansas in 2006, he went by himself, but has since gone there with the Kansas City, Mo.-based Creation Science Association of Mid-America, which organizes about 20 “creation safaris” each year throughout Kansas and Missouri.