10 April 2012

Time travel to Utah

Roadside sign

So we have a project at Dinosaur National Monument that may keep us busy for months. Years. The Monument has been through the ultimate institutional trauma over the past decade, being forced to close down a failing building and essentially tear it down and build it back at the same time. While protecting the quarry face full of dinosaur (and other) fossils. And satisfying the requirements for dealing with rebuilding buildings on the National Historic Register.

We are going to help figure out if the new building is doing its job, so that future generations of dreamy-eyed kids can continue to be stunned into speechlessness by the silent fossils on their precarious slope. This is one of the National Park Service's outstanding sites, along with Badlands and Agate and a host of others. I'll keep a running journal of our work there.

For me, it's like meeting a rock star (so to speak). Or being one.

Eastern view of the quarry face

Morning light

There are ~1500 fossils on the quarry face


Light through the new windows

Bone bridge

Earl Douglass's cabin

The new roofline from the hiking trail

Stegosaur vertebrae in the wild

Quarry sign. 

Escalante marker

A bone caught in a stilled stream

Cabin near Vernal

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