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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cheyenne–a tribe, a place, a KOA

Today we are in Cheyenne, WY.  We have left Nebraska behind us and can officially say we are heading west, towards home.  Of course it will take us about a week to get there!  Now we are traveling through the native areas of the Sioux and Cheyenne Indian tribes.

We left Scottsbluff about 8:40, stopped for fuel and headed the 103 miles to the Cheyenne KOA.  Drive was easy and nothing really of note.  The KOA here in Cheyenne is nice, probably the nicest park we have stayed in on this trip—except that the water pressure is really low.

After arriving, we had lunch and then went on errands – three quilt shops, haircuts, and then the obligatory stop at Wal-Mart.  It did give us a chance to see a good portion of the city though.  Temps are now in the high 80s so we are glad to get back to the RV.

Last Saturday we visited the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, SD.  I didn’t have a chance to share the pictures of the visit with you, so here are a few today.


This is an active site for fossil recovery.  Mostly Mammoths and the short faced bears.


The entire pit is in a large covered room so that it can be worked year around without any problems from moisture.  You can see this pit above is about 30 feet deep.  They think there are another 190 feet or so of fossils to recover.


This is a fossil of a pelvic and hip bone that has yet to be dug out and processed.


Here one of the paleontologists is working with a brush and dental pick to recover a bone.


Here a set of tusks and a skull have been partially uncovered and will be removes soon.

I really recommend this site to visit.  Even if you are not at all interested in the science of what they are doing, just hearing their theories on what happened and what they are finding is interesting.  Plus they have activities for the whole family.

Kids can work and active site and spend some time in a dig site recovering actual bones.  Older ones and adults can try their hand at hunting as humans did back when the mammoths roam.  They have targets set up outside and you can try to hit them with spears.  Not near as easy as it looks.  And after a few throws you might be tempted to give up, but if you do, you and your family don’t eat for a few days!

Tomorrow we plan to do some local touristy things, not sure what for sure yet.

You can see a short video about the Mammoth Site here……

Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, SD


Russ Krecklow said...

That is very interesting. Quite a concept, putting the whole thing inside so they can work on it without dealing with the weather, wow! We enjoyed the John Day Fossil Beds, but this would be way cool!!

Donna K said...

There must be a lot of dirt to be hauled away during at the dig. I wonder where they put it? That is certainly interesting.

I uncovered an old fossil just this morning - then I made him get out of bed!

Bob said...

Ah yes, disturbing "old fossils". Seems to be something we become more in tune with as we age!