Sunday, May 08, 2011

Hot Springs - Mammoths!

While we were taking Grandma north, we stopped at Hot Springs in South Dakota.  I'd never been to the Mammoth exhibit, so we made time to get there early in the morning.  Off season, it's pretty empty.  Except for the mammoth bones.  There are a ton of them.  Note to self if I ever get reincarnated as an elephant/mammoth, stay away from drinking holes with steep and slippery sides.

Eryn in a picture we used for her school report about vacation.  You can see some of the mammoth skulls behind her.

A lesson that perhaps the Minnesota Dome could have used.  Maybe they should put a banner on the wall like the mammoth center does.

Looks like feet.  But they're teeth.  Molars to be precise.

Little girl with a mammoth bone.  (that's funny - two meanings right there.  Very Shakespearian).l

She decided she wanted to mimic the little girl on the wall in the last picture.

All Flintstones with my bone guitar.

What's this?  It's not just a guitar, it's a gun???  A bit of El Mariachi on your ass!

People used to live in wigwams made out of elephants.  Guess that solves the mystery about why they went extinct.  We should all make our homes out of cats.

Eryn imitating a Columbian Mammoth.

For a bit of perspective, here's her vs. the mammoth from the side.

They can actually tell where the mammoths stepped because of depressions in the surface of the sinkhole.

Zombie/Skeletor mammoth!!!

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