Dinosaur National Monument

Dinosaurs have always fascinated people.  What were they like?  How did they live?  What really happened to them?  Perhaps it is the mystery of the eternal unknown that keeps us interested.  We are intrigued by a piece of a bone, and more so of an entire skeleton.  Some study the bones in depth.  Others collect them.  So when we are able to see thousands of bones, encased in a cliff side, just as they were left millennium ago; found and left partially buried for all to be amazed; we drive the long lonely miles to get there.  Out in the middle of almost nowhere, thousands of prehistoric creatures are fossilized on a ridge in Utah, just over the boarder of Colorado in what is known as Dinosaur National Monument.  It is quite a site to behold; one that needs to be done in person.  But, it is not just the fossils that are interesting.  The rock formations are incredible,  and the ancient Fremont people left us petroglyphs along the red sandstone rocks – relics of a time long past.  To visit Dinosaur National Monument is to take a step back into history.

I encourage you to take the time to visit someday.  It is quite worth the trip indeed.  We highly enjoyed it and the kids were amazed that we could walk right up to the petroglyphs.  It is easy to imagine one of the Fremont people sitting on the cliff face, carving out his image on the rock.  They were also curious about the multitudes of partial skeletons on the “wall”.  We wondered about what other treasures might be hidden still beneath what has already been unearthed.  Hiking was hot there, so we only did a short mile from the quarry back to the visitor center.  There were treasures to be seen along the hike as well.  Dinosaur National Monument does not disappoint, and there was so much we were unable to see.

 

The quarry

The quarry – yes, those are vertebra.

 

Desert beauty

Desert beauty

 

 

I like to think this one says "The aliens have landed here. Stay out"

I like to think this one says “The aliens have landed here. Stay out”

 

To Travel is the greatest of joys

I have traveled to some beautiful locations in Texas.  I am always a sucker for scenery.  I love the open road, the possibilities, the adventure of the unknown.  I enjoy seeing new places and experiencing different things.  It keeps life interesting, inspired, and unique.  It keeps me going.  It relaxes.  Soothes the soul.  There is just something about the unscarred beauty of the natural earth that beacons, asks you to come closer, to breathe in deeply, and to exist in a state of purity, if only for a moment.  And in that moment, you are one with nature.  You feel creation all around you, and if you listen closely, you can hear the rocks sing.

 

tree

 

Purple Flowers

 

River

 

Yucca

 

cacti

 

These are a collection of images I took within an hour of each other, and within the last few months.  Since I can’t travel as often as I like, local travel has to satisfy me for now.  As long as we are willing to open our eyes, our minds and our hearts, we will see the beauty, experience the thrill, of all that nature has to offer, and see things in a new light, letting it inspire us and widen our understanding.

 

Where have you traveled to recently?

A little Letterbox TLC

Recently, we went letterboxing and one of the boxes had a comment that it needed some tlc.  Since we would be in the area twice within days of each other, I decided to do some repairs to it.  We found it, and it was in need of some major help!  The stamp was in three pieces, the box broken and the logbook soaked.  The kids were excited to help out a box in need of repair.  I must confess that I was a little excited to help out too.  The owner of the box seems to have moved on, or has had life happen and has not been active on the letterboxing site.  I took pictures of the progress, but forgot to take a picture of the pages of the logbook drying out on my dashboard.  It was quite a site!

 

After the stamp was fixed, the box painted and a new logbook purchased, we placed the box right back where it had been.  I hope it has a long life ahead of it!

 

The broken stamp

The broken stamp

scoring the back

scoring the back

Gorilla Glue!

Gorilla Glue!

Painting the box

Painting the box

Piecing the stamp back together.

Piecing the stamp back together.

The Mountains are Calling…

The Mountains are calling and I must Go!  John Muir

The Mountains are calling and I must Go!
John Muir

I love this quote by John Muir.  It pretty much sums up my life!  😉  This is an image I took a couple years ago on a trip with just me and my husband.

We recently took a trip to Colorado to get our fix of the mountains and introduce the kiddos to different animals and  terrain.  I will be sharing our adventures over the coming weeks.  I hope you will come along with us.