Day 35 Dinosaur Hunting

13 Sep

We had a comfortable and dry night at the Quality Hotel in Drumheller. I had been up since dawn the previous morning and was really tired; Sammy had driven yesterday for a while and I had attempted to nap. This morning went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
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The museum, although a bit crowded because it was a Saturday, is amazing. I was able to get this picture just before this meat eating dinosaur gobbled up a small child beside me.
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We were in it for about four hours. I understand why some people might get a yearly pass. This head, 66 million years old, is a fossil of tyranosaurus rex, and found along the Crows Nest River.
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Some are in display cases but most are open and close enough to touch.

This dome-headed one looked like it had enough space for a brain, but apparently it was just used for bashing into other dinosaurs, and not processing.

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This chasmosaurus belli looks like it is about to charge me. Even though he is physically very close I’m not afraid because there is a 75 million year time gap separating us. In real life he was a herbivore so I might have safe anyways.
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This sabre tooth cat would have eaten me, but his fossilized bony body moved even slower than mine.
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Just north of the museum we stopped for a late afternoon picnic lunch overlooking Horse Thief Canyon.
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We drove late tonight, so had a chance to see a prairie sunset and the large orange moon rise above the unobstructed horizon. Heading eastbound along highways 9 in Alberta and 7 in Saskatchewan, the clouds ahead and the setting sun behind us were amazing.

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I was keen to drive all night, so we could see more night sky, but neither of us had the energy so Sam made the sensible decision to sleep in a motel in Outlook SK. We would have tried to make it to Danielson park and camped but the frost warning combined with the risk of night driving and hitting a deer helped Sam make a wise choice.

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2 Responses to “Day 35 Dinosaur Hunting”

  1. Laura Gill September 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Finally read the whole blog. Your pictures are amazing and some are very artsy. I think you need to do a photo book for Sam for Christmas! It really has been a wonderful trip (except for the rain part and except for the snow part , oh and except for the camping part…). Best part sounds like hooking up with Laura!!

    • windtogo.wordpress.com September 14, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      We have about 6,000 pictures so far; sorting and editing will be a large project.

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