Friday, February 28, 2014

dinosaur valley

I would be a much better and more productive person if I didn't have to plan dinner. It is seriously just about my least favorite thing. It wears on my mind all day and then I spend hours scrolling through recipes. And nothing sounds good or looks simple enough. Ugh. Then the moment I decide to forget about it and just make french toast or order pizza... suddenly all is right with the world! Please tell me that I am not alone, here, people!

Anyway.

While my parents were visiting, we took a trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas. My dad is pretty into fossils so we thought he would enjoy it a whole lot. (Who am I kidding? I am that dorky kid who in elementary school would say I wanted to be either a geologist or a paleontologist when I grew up... Ok, it was for me too.)



Dinosaur Valley is cool because you can see real dinosaur footprints in the riverbed. Yes! Real footprints from real dinosaurs walking 113 million years ago across what is now Texas! Not something you can see every day, that's for sure.


There are a couple main sites in the park that require just a little walk to get out to. One requires a walk on stones across the river. Not really very handicapped accessible I suppose, but it was fun. And the day we visited was absolutely gorgeous!


Unfortunately, in the early 1900s when the site was discovered, many of the prints were cut out of the riverbed and sold or sent to museums. Other prints have eroded due to flooding or other natural occurrences and have either disappeared or are barely visible. So there are not a ton of footprints to see in the public areas of the park, though I'm sure you could see more if you hiked to some of the more remote areas. I was talking to a friend about visiting and she said her husband felt it was a big disappointment. I didn't really think so, however, because how often can you see authentic dinosaur footprints outside of a museum? In nature? Where the dinosaurs actually walked? Not very often. If this kind of thing interests you... don't put it off too long because the tracks that are left will eventually erode away as well!


In conclusion (what is this, a book report?), I thought is was pretty neat. There is also a crazy (but probably really sweet) guy who sells rocks and fossils - most of which he finds - at a place called The Stone Hut on the road to Dinosaur Valley. If you ever visit, be sure to pay him a call... He is a trip! We bought some petrified wood from him to put in our garden. :)

2 comments:

  1. My boys would flip to see real dino footprints! And it's 4:20 and I have no dinner plan. French toast sounds awesome though.

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    1. Yes, there were tons of kids there, all having a great time! I'll have to go back when my daughter is a little older and can understand what we're seeing. And french toast was our dinner tonight... worked out great, lol! :)

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