Monday was our first day and what a day to begin the season! It was completely overcast with a slight smattering of rain and a good helping of slippery mud.
We also made lots of little friends with…wood ticks.
As we walked along counting our ticks, slipping in mud and enjoying the fresh prairie air and the beautiful scenery (who said Manitoba is totally flat? The Manitoba Escarpment is full of rocking hills!), we examined any outcrop for signs of the next great mosasaur or plesiosaur. Or perhaps even a fish. Just about any fossil would have been nice. So far we had found the hind leg of a long-since-dead deer and several cow bones (all interesting finds in themselves, but still not what we were looking for).
|Our discovered strata|
The rest of the week was mostly learning indoors and shadowing tours. One of the school groups arrived, but it was too wet outside for a proper dig and the roads were slippery. We remained indoors and the kids had a blast playing Dino Hunt, Rock ID and Clipbirds.
Friday was the first day that Lisa and I (the two newest employees) did our first tours. We had a blast! We both had a class of kindergartners who were fun. That is a great age as the kids are happy just telling you stories about how many teeth they have lost or pretending to be mosasaurs and plesiosaurs. It is very difficult to pretend swim/walk like a mosasaur, if you ever want to try it. All in all, it was a wonderful first experience.
|Fish vertebrae: right one is squished|
It has been a wonderful week of firsts: first tour, first fossils, first time driving a 4-wheel drive, etc. With such a great start, it is obvious that this is going to be a great summer! So come on down and meet our great staff and dig for some fossils. You’ll have a great time!