Ingredient #1: Field trips.
|The Stone Rose Fossil that made the site famous.|
All of us enjoyed the trip. It was exciting and kind of like a treasure hunt to crack open dozens of rocks, finding nothing, then to crack one open to find something cool!
You can see the giant litter of rocks we walked into. At first glance, you'd think all the fossils had been found. But sit down and begin chiseling away, and 50 million year old leaves, petals, wood, and needles reveal their hidden burial places.
And it isn't just for kids! Justin and I were just as excited about finding something as the children were!
Everyone was only allowed to bring home three fossils, so pockets were filled as we went. At the end, each person decided on their three very favorite finds.
This guy was hilarious. He was all about it, hammering on the rocks, sometimes looking for the "birds in there," sometimes hollering, "DIE, DIE!" No idea about those comments, but I blame the big brother and the father. I'm sure the girls in the family wouldn't teach him that kind of thing.
It is a fairly long drive (about three hours, one way) from our house, but the scenic drive was a big part of the field trip. It was an absolutely beautiful drive.
We had to stop frequently to feed our new baby, so the trip took the whole day. It was well spent!
If you have thought about taking this trip, do it. It was a great way to kick off our summer of field trips!