Today began by looking mighty leisurely (black velvet suit and all), it was cold, and dark, and only wanted a nap.
So I let the morning have its way with me by napping, and the babes spent just about the whole day resting... it's been a while since we've just vegged all day.
We started talking about our daytrip tomorrow, and started doing research.
A little over a hundred miles south of home a new Allosaurus was discovered back in November. The dig was put off until Spring, and now, as it's our state's Prehistory Week, for a few days the CEU is bestowing supercoolness upon the public - we're invited to come and watch the actual dig.
Now you know how excited this family is about that.
That same area is filled with so many great things... a few years ago (uh, wait, that was actually closer to 15 years ago, I guess), Eric and I went out that way with friends, and tromped around the San Rafael area. While driving, and not even really knowing hardly anything about the area, I was looking around, and thinking, "Wow... this seems so old! I can just imagine dinosaurs tromping around on this land."
Turns out, that's pretty close to the truth. Though the terrain is different, no doubt, it still feels ancient. Very, very ancient.
More about that tomorrow, from the road. : ) When I have pictures.
Also down in the area is the Cleaveland Lloyd Dinosuar Quarry. Complete with trails and footprints and bones.
And let's not forget the two museums - the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, and the Museum of the San Rafael.
When I started checking out stuff today -among picking up (I'm sure I actually picked up something today..) and making cookies for our road trip- I started thinking "small mini vacation." ' Course the idea grew, and soon became imperative. Western motels are a pretty fine thing.
Eric decided that he can't have us off tromping without him, so he's taking the day off to play, too.
Because there is the Western Mining & Railroad Museum Exhibits.
And there are the petroglyphs.
And of course there are the ghost towns.
I'm trying not to expect too much, but I know that we're pretty good at putting a whole lot of glorified livin' into two-day trips. (Like this one: Day one and Day two.)
We're so happy and excited.