Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Road Trip Part Five

I wanna go home! Please let me go home! Stuck in a truck stop waiting for a reload is not fun when you have two small kids to entertain. We've been sitting at the Flying J outside of Winnipeg since Wednesday morning after we dropped the airplane engine off. If there is no reload today then we are heading to Montreal empty for a reload Monday morning. There is lots of stuff moving there, but we're kinda stuck in a dead zone. (Since I've seen my friend I don't want to drive any more. Next time may be drive out, fly back.)

Anyways, off to Part Five, Drumheller. I must say that this was one of the coolest places I've ever seen. You're driving across the Prairies, farms all around. All of a sudden there's a sign for a steep downward hill, then BOOM! Everything changes dramatically.

As per usual, there was lots of lightning in the distance. I didn't capture it on camera, of course, but it was pretty dark in the distance.

Drumheller, Canada's Dinosaur Capital. There are dinosaurs and dino-related stuff absolutely everywhere here!

We went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. That place was awesomely cool! The kids whip through everything so fast that I would like to get there some time adults-only so I can take my time and read the displays.

When you first go in there's a big room that's really dark with lots of dinosaur sounds playing in the background. They have some really cool models on display.

The next room was pretty dark, too. The fill flash seemed to work pretty good, but I did have to do a fair bit of enhancing. They had a full-sized T-rex skeleton.

Don't remember what this was, but it looks like that fossil dig toy the Littlest One got back in March break at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.

There were a couple of T-rex skeletons. I had to take a close-up of this one's teeth. We were on the second level, and he was on the first level, but it was open so we were pretty even with his head.

I don't remember who these guys were, but they were about the size of a medium-sized dog.

This was a dilophosaurus. (I can remember his name cuz they had them in Jurassic Park.)

This guy was from the triceratops family, but I can't remember his name.

One of my favorites, the stegosaurus. And I have tons more pictures of dino-skeletons, that place was huge, but these are some of the best pics I got.
We went back into the town itself, and they have the world's largest dinosaur outside of their tourist bureau. You climb a whole lot of steps into his mouth for a view of the town.

I didn't linger too long even though it's plexiglassed in -- I don't like heights, and the thing swayed when you stepped in it. I stayed long enough for four hasty shots, then hubby took to swaying it, so I was outta there.

Last stop that day was to the Hoodoos. (I always find my pictures look better in Flickr, so if you wanna read the signs it may be best to do it over there. It basically says they were carved by wind and water. The umbrella-like tops help protect them from erosion, but eventually they'll be gone.)

They were pretty nifty. I may do this one and the one above into 5x7s and framen them. I converted them to black and white, and they look quite nice. We have really nice black frames with white double air matts at the store I'm thinking of using. (So B&W would look best.)

Still plunking away at some knitting. I find running an empty trailer makes the truck bounce and shake more, so I think it's bothering my motion sickness. I do a lot of laying down. I did finish one Breeze socks and started a pair of vanilla self-striping socks for the store. The first sock will be done tomorrow, and I'm hoping to finish the other sock before we get home. If things go as planned we'll be home on Tuesday sometime. I also got a picture of the scarf I knit on the trip, but that's not transferred from the camera yet.

By the way, if anyone has e-mailed me anything to my sympatico address, I can't access that on the road. darganknits at hotmail dot com is the one to use cuz I can access that one from anywhere. Guess I should have said that at the start of the trip, not the end! So I hope if anyone did use that e-mail that you aren't ticked cuz I didn't answer.

Another thing waiting for me when I get home -- my Sockapalooza package has arrived! I'm so excited to see it -- my mother said it's from England, and the customs label says socks and chocolate, so it has to be that. Can't wait to see who my Pal was and my new socks, of course!

Happy knitting!


Blogger Donna said...

This is such fun! I am really enjoying seeing all your pics and hearing about your trip!
Hope you get home on Tuesday. Once the vacation is over, you just want to be home, not stuck somewhere waiting and waiting!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy said...

I totally adore your road trip stories!!! And with all those awesome pics, it's like being there with you, how absolutly great!

12:07 PM  
Blogger aija said...

Don't go home, we won't get anymore roadtripping pics ;)

I love the dinosaur pics!!

10:20 AM  

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