Curiosity takes me to Dinosaur Provincial Park
Go West Young Man. There are sabre tooth tigers in the east (wrong time period but it fit the picture)!
That is what I typically do when I want to get out of Calgary as I find the mountains to be beautiful and calming. Thursday was a warm and sunny day, so in the spirit of carpe diem, I decided to go east instead to see what Dinosaur Provincial Park looks like in the winter. As I watched the Rockies fade into the rear view mirror, I drove through mind-numbingly flat, yet interesting landscape. Farmers are artists as there are lovely patterns in the fields and a myriad of shades of brown.
This view is what greeted me from the top of the hill into the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. It was selected as it contains “superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance, and is an outstanding example representing major stages of earth’s history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features.” No kidding!
Late February is a great time to visit as there are no rattlesnakes, scorpions or black widow spiders. Those who camp here in the summer are brave indeed! The age of dinosaurs has always fascinated me and I am a sucker for all of the Jurassic Park movies.
The park has fossil houses with dinosaur bones and a dig on display and there is a palaentology research relationship with the Royal Tyrrell Museum (another cool spot to go). There are also many interpretive trails and the dogs and I explored most of them.
Much of the park is a natural preserve and I would like to come back in the warmer weather when the programs start up as they take you behind the scenes. Sunset tour for photography anyone?
Here are a few more pictures from a great day. Nature is so amazing!!