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Dinosaurs in Montana

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When Helen suggested that I take my first trip to Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Idaho, (this is normally her domaine), I jumped at the chance, so here I am in a rather snowy Buffalo, Wyoming at the beginning of an exciting journey through the Real America. For anyone who read the January/February issue of Essentially America, or Helen’s Top 10 road trips in the States in our main 2012 Newsletter, you’ll know that this is a favourite area of her’s and an area not to be rushed! If I had a pound for everytime I say ‘don’t rush’ I would be one rich lady!

However, I am digressing. My journey actually started in Billings, Montana, where I met a man passionate about dinosaurs. During our hour long visit, we touched various pieces of various giants dating back roughly – well – lets just say multi million years, learned about how they excavate a site, pack and handle these fragile morsels to bring them back to the lab, clean and identify them, and re-create the jigsaw that millions of years has ‘changed them’, shall we say. I did not know that Montana is rife with pre-historic history, and for those with a thirst for more knowledge on the topic, Nate is only to happy to impart it. His lab – Dino-Lab is in a rather nondescript unit, with a little sign over the door, but take a step inside, and you walk into another world. If you want to join one of his digs, you’ll need to be prepared for 6 days camping, but you might just be the one to discover another incredible find. Call us to find out more – 01323 446550


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