Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dino-adventuring (a continuation)

Last weekend the kiddos came with me to see Auntie Carly and adventure around some hoodoos and dinos. Friends were also camping in the neighbouring site, which was fun. Unfortunately the mosquitoes sought to try our patience and coping skills and massive thunderstorms were a little rough on sleep, so we weren't our most happy the entire time...

BUT - if you were to ask the monsters, it was a great time. Thankfully kid memories are wonderful at focusing on what was great. I too shall try to do the same. 

Due to the crazy rain, we didn't get to go on the fossil safari we'd planned, but we went along on the alternative tour, which was fun too. 

The J-Man comparing his head to the size of the replica skull.

Our friend Derek was lost in the story or something... absent mindedly stroking the horns. 
The monster has been telling us for years that she's going to 'look at rocks' when she grows up. She's now
also considering bones. We were given a sample of stuff to sort through, to see what we see.
She's an expert sorter with way more focus than me. :)
Taking a closer look - fossilized poop is just SO cool, especially magnified.
In the exhibit hall, free from molesting mosquitoes, there was a chance for some more exploration.

Magnetic puzzles
Interpretive tent - where the walls talk!
In the afternoon we went to see Ali star in the Iron Stone Chef. It was fun. It teaches about the different kinds of fossils - and the kids were of course delighted with the trace fossil made from... you guessed it! Poop! The J-man was the applause master, which was also fun. It's great to see him all keen with a giant grin.

 The following day we had to go home, but thankfully the sun came out - and our very own guide took up on a mini-hike to find some dino-bones before going home. It was great. The kids were so excited by everything they saw.

Ironstone caps - so cool.
Pointing out the neat things he'd spotted.
Carly teaching us something cool. :)
The monster modelling a tooth. They're a smidge bigger than hers.
"Auntie Carly, what's this?"
Dino-faces again, taking by the monster. Scary, huh?

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