Albertasaurus

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. 

Prairies – road, and sky.
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Fields, and sky.
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Er, truck, and sky.
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We stopped off at Horseshoe Canyon, a mini Grand Canyon.

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We climbed into the valley and had an ice cream each at the top.

Then into Drumheller.
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It’s a small town, peppered with dinosaurs. Yup, you read right. See that blue thing in front of the shop? It really is a dinosaur.
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And here are some more I snapped here and there around town
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These are precursors to the real thing…

a little closer to how they might have been in their day
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And finally the real McCoy inside the Tyrell Museum. 

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Woolly Mammoth!
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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.

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And even real dino-poop. I thought this was hilarious – DH less so.
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The museum is also home to lab technicians working on field finds and uncovering fossils.
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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.

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Me(R) DH (middle) & the Chanster (L)
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We drove by the new Crossirons Mall that opened that day – these are all the cars queuing to get into the mall
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And that huge structure spanning the photo from left to right, that is the mall. Massive.  Would give those dinosaurs a run for the money, I reckon.
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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.
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Thanks Chanster for driving us around all day! 🙂

2 thoughts on “Albertasaurus

  1. Wide Alberta Skies, straight prairie roads, and Hoodoos – wish I was there!

    Nice the see the rest of the mall is open – I went to the Bass Pro shop in May and there was a lot of building still going on… it’s worth a visit – they have a sign asking you to check your guns and bows at the door and the decor shows that the art of Taxidermy is not dead (so to speak)

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