Friday, January 16, 2015

Random Picture - Natural History Museum of Utah at night

Going through my old photos and here is one I wanted to post.

The museum was lit up for a special event, so when I left I was able to see the mammoth from outside the main entrance. I had been wanting to capture this shot for a while (I have a horrible time trying to not move while taking pictures on my iPhone) so I brought my camera specifically for this shot.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures - The Pony Express Trail

My next post about the Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures is a fairly local park.




You can find more Geology of the National Parks Through Pictures as well as my Geological State Symbols Across America series at my website Dinojim.com.

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Last year my family and I headed out to find some geodes in the Utah desert. Along the way we traveled along the Pony Express Trail. Although this trail spreads on through many states, here is a small portion of it, near Dugway, UT. 

 View looking east, as we passed through Dugway Pass.

This post marked the location of the Pony Express, which ran from 1860-1861.


Recreation of the Simpsons Springs site. It is clear when you enter the building though that many animals now use this as a shelter from the heat of the day.


Panorama of Simpsons Springs.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dinos in Pop Culture - A "Real" Dinosaur Train

Last year my wife had purchased me tickets to the "Dinosaur Train" put on by the Heber Valley Railroad, here in Utah. It was a cute event where they had a variety of dinosaur related activities, and where you could talk to volunteers from the nearby museums. 

 One of the activities was digging in the sand for dinosaurs.

 It is hard to see but here is my daughter pulling out a Pachycephalosaurus.

 The train that was not in use with a giant inflatable dinosaur on the front. I want one.

 The actual train. It had a variety of dinosaur related decor inside.

 One of the main dinosaurs. Unfortunately he never actually went on the train with us, where there were other dinosaurs with us for the trip.

Pulling away as the sad dino wanders off by himself.