On Sunday morning we bade our hosts good-by and headed to Southwestern Adventist University. Their Archeology lab is amazing! They actually have a whole Triceratops skull with its 3 horns! It’s huge! There were many bones from other dinosaurs including T-Rex which made for a fascinating tour! From there we went to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. We were able to see a full-size skeleton of Paluxysaurus Jonesi, the State Dinosaur of Texas, and a single bath-tub-size footprint of it was tempting to sit in. At least we didn’t have to worry about getting stepped on! The Mammoth tusks there were impressive as well. And the 4-D theater was fun, too. Getting sprayed by water seemed to get the most reaction from everyone! Some of the Pathfinders enjoyed going to the DinoDig and “practicing” unearthing dinosaur bones. Though it was a little frustrating to dig them up and then not be able to pick them up. The whole weekend was a great experience and a good time was had by all!
Anticipation was running high as we finally arrived at the Dinosaur Valley State Park on Sabbath Jan. 24. The sun was shining after days of rain and it was crisp & beautiful. After a picnic lunch, we met up with the Joshua Crossroads Wranglers Pathfinders and hiked down to see the famous dinosaur prints in the riverbed. They were mostly underwater, but it was clear enough that we could see the evidence of those huge creatures that had walked there so long ago! Central Texas Area Coordinator Mr. Rodger Baker guided our way with lots of wonderful information. He even braved the freezing water to compare his footprints with a dinosaur’s footprint! It was a very enjoyable hike and we learned a lot!
The leaders and Pathfinders of the Joshua Wrangler’s Club were warm and friendly hosts. We enjoyed getting to know them as we hiked. After a group picture, to commemorate the event, we loaded up and headed to the church where we participated in some lively songs and worship. After supper we learned more about dinosaurs by doing some great works of art in teams. (Did you know a T-Rex could look like a teddy bear?)
All good things must come to an end, and so did our wonderful day together. Everyone found their rooms and rolled out their sleeping bags. Lights went out and the girls giggled themselves to sleep while the boys enjoyed a friendly pillow fight before settling down. We thoroughly enjoyed making these new friends!