Wednesday we headed out to Drumheller to visit the Royal Tyrell Museum – a great place for budding and actual paleontologists. We made a breakfast stop at Tim Hortons, then Lake Chestermere to visit an old uni friend, who is now a Calgary cop.
Headed north east to Drumheller, home of Alberta’s Badlands. We had glorious weather and my dear missed Alberta blue sky.
We stopped off at Horseshoe Canyon, a mini Grand Canyon.
We climbed into the valley and had an ice cream each at the top.
These are precursors to the real thing…
We wandered around these fossils, feeling rather small and inconsequential.
This is the right hind limb of a camarasaurus. I come up to its prehistoric knee. Yikes. Very very big.
The giant prehistoric ameoba like sea carnivores were really disturbing – I couldn’t even look at them. But the massive dinosaurs were awesome. Seriously, it was an amazing place.
We headed out to the hoodoos afterwards, and wandered about a small cluster of them.
And finally a little panorama of Calgary. Not the most beautiful perspective, but it does a good job at showing how flat and wide the city is. The tall cluster of buildings is downtown, about 20k from where we were.