Today's post is another abnormal entry, courtesy of the #2014BloggerChallenge. Gaby has challenged us this week to do a "Week/Day in Pictures" and since Mr. Faff and I recently returned from visiting my homeland, I thought I would share one of our days of adventure.
Essentially, this is the blogger version of "wanna see my vacation pictures?" - only I promise not to show you 14,874 shots of the same majestic tree in sunset lighting. Seriously, I promise.
Instead, I'd like to give you a virtual tour of the day we spent in nearby Waco, Texas, which most people have only ever heard of as the home of Dr. Pepper and the place where David Koresh got bonfired, even though that wasn't actually in Waco but rather in Mount Carmel about 15 miles away, except that the news outlets decided it sounded crazier to say Waco and pronounce it wrong but anyway I am off-topic again and I apologize.
Still with me? Man, you really are a sucker for punishment. Okay, well, you can't say you weren't warned.
So we took a roadtrip to Waco to visit two very cool sites - the Waco Mammoth Site and the Cameron Park Zoo, neither of which we'd ever been to before.
We started our adventure at the Waco Mammoth Site.
A few years ago, an excavation site of more than 30 years was made open to the public, set over a ravine between the Bosque and Brazos Rivers in Waco. Essentially, about 65,000 years ago, a herd of ginormous Colombian mammoths were trapped in a swift river flood and drowned. The first skeletal pieces were found by a couple of boys in the late 70s, and over time they discovered 16 massive skeletons of the herd, as well as the remains of an American camel, and evidence of a later flood event involving a juvenile sabre-toothed tiger and some unidentified herd animal, and another 3 mammoths from a third flooding event. The best part is that there's probably a LOT more left to excavate, but the site is currently raising funds to be able to bring in an on-site lab so they can continue digging up pre-historic critters.
Click on the thumbnail to see the full-sized image and my notes where needed.
After a very informative 45 minute tour of the site, we decided to take a lunch break, and then headed to the Cameron Park Zoo.
You all know what a zoo is, so I won't bother with a lengthy explanation. As before, click on the thumbnail to see the full picture and description.
Hope you enjoyed this "Day in Photos", aka "Hey look at some of my vacation pictures". If you like this sort of post, be sure to check out the other #2014BloggerChallenge Photo posts as listed on AnotherGirlyBlg.