Dinosaur Park to Waynes Place

Trip Start May 17, 2010
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Trip End Jul 08, 2010


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 4 May 20

Attempted to explore Dinosaur Park after striking camp.  It was a crazy fraggle rawk sandcastle world of awesomness, but the
mosquitoes were absolutely ruthless.  But we took some photos non the less until insanity drove us back to te car.  Upon a
caffeine pick up at the concession we noticed a shower sign, pay as you go! After some confusion on my part I paid 4$ for 20
of uncontrolled temperatured showerness.  Sang 'working at the car wash' for the rest of the day.
Carried on West to Drumheller, which was full of crazy Dinosaurs; every corner was frequented by a helpless sauropod
who had been ruthlessly attacked by school children with painting weaponry.  Then we saw the biggest Dinosaur of them all!
We followed it to the the information center, which had we driven past for 3 more seconds we would not have needed the acquired map which we found there.  But the other obtained information was worth it.  Finally arriving at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, in the rain, it was the perfect day to spend exploring a world of Dinoaurs indoors. Ten dollars and away we go.  The first thing we see is an excellently executed installation of a mumma Albertasaurus (later renamed Gorgosaurus) roaming through the bush with her kid and two teens.  Standing on the path between the two teens and the mom was surprisingly frightening, wouldn't want to meet one in real life that's for certain.
The next room was for the full scale skeleton T-Rex.  It was epic to say the least.  The walls and floors were black and individual pieces were placed behind impeccably clean glass and framed with elegant gold frames.  Felt like I was in a beautiful old masters art gallery.  The T.Rex lighting was crazy, subtle but striking, gah, made him so scary and beautiful. Good combos all around. 
Then things got a little more casual.  Passed through time and into a wall of ocean bubbles.  An ancient doeep sea installation with a glass floor, was also excitingly terrifying.  the lights would move along with the narrators voice so it was as if monsters we're appearing out of the darkness.  Then an exhibit on evolution, was interesting as it gave real life visuals to compare against predecessors; the evolution of man most particularly, though the ginormous alligator skull was wicked.  Then things became more of what I'd expect from a museum, although it all looked wonderful it felt less immersive.  (yay new words) Very, very artistic museum.
Later while getting caffeine for the drive to Calgary we encountered a rogue Prairie Dog. He wanted the childrens french fries.  Eventually, defeated by an army of 5 or so staff, 3 enthusiastic little girls, their parents and us, he scampered away out the door.  In the gift shop we learned that the mystery black n blue bird we kept seeing was a Magpie. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ riiiiight. Magpie.  Settled in the car and hit the road to Waynes place.  Used the G.P.S for the first time and arrived with little issue, except the G.P.S, dammit that sucks to type, lets call her Geepus from now on, alright so Geepus has a problem with left and right when we arrive places, and with her pronunciation of the word North, which she says roaruth.  Anyways, back on track.  Wayne sees us drive past him as he gets off the bus from work, we get lost for a while because of the whole left and right thing, and then Wayne shows us the way. It is cold out.  So we drink beer with Waynes, Jess passes out right away, too much Dinosaur action. :) Eventually I do to, as we watch it's always sunny in philly.  Later that morning I find Wayne in the bed he made up for us to sleep on with Lost playing in the background.
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