End of Season Stretch

It has been a long while since I have typed anything.  I think after the previous post I went out to a wedding in Indiana the 1st of August, saw three rainbows, and the official summer season here at the park ended.

Actually, today was the first day on the fall schedule, but we are doing programs for at least the next two weeks.  It is still very busy at the park, but being a fee free weekend might have something to do with it. 

I took a hike on one of the hottest days yet and, even though I didn’t go too far [not even out of earshot of the road], I did find a couple fossils. 

That is some kind of 30 million year old tortoise.  The one below is probably an oreodont.

The oreodont doesn’t really have a living relative, but they are similar to a sheep or a cow or a pig.  They are ruminants.  They might have even been one of the more populous mammals at that time.  Both of these fossils are the most common in the park. 

We’ve had storms pass through the last four nights.  Last night’s was pretty rough, but the previous three nights there have been rainbows.  Here’s one:

Here’s another:

And I seem to have misplaced the third, but here is an equally neat picture:

Alright, that’s all for now!

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