Paging Indiana Jones

This happened in my old hood. We are all very excited here.

From the Denver Post:

An operator was scooping dirt Aug. 25 when an on-site geotechnical engineer — someone who reviews soil conditions — told him to stop. The engineer noticed that there was something inconsistent with the surrounding claystone and sand. Brushing off the dirt and cleaning the area with water, the crews knew what they were seeing wasn’t normal.

But Saunders Construction doesn’t have an action plan in place for when crews stumble across a 66-million-year-old fossil. The crews quarantined the area, which will eventually be a weight room at the upcoming Fire and Police Substation at East 132nd Avenue and Quebec Street, and made sure construction equipment stayed clear, Pollick said. A biologist contracted by the city of Thornton recommended a local paleontologist, who stopped by Sunday to confirm that they were looking at dinosaur bones.

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So far, both brow horns, part of the skull that surrounds the brain, parts of the snout, parts of the frill (the shield behind its head), the lower jaw beak, parts of the neck, vertebrae and lots of ribs have been found, Sertich said. While talking on the phone, more of the frill was uncovered.

Read more here…

They are moving the bones today, so more excitement and lots of news crews.

More videos here and once they post videos of the move today I’ll post those.

Get me my hat and my whip….

(BTW, NEVER google whip and hat without safe setting on :-D)



 

Fall in Colorado

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My schedule has been such, I haven’t been able to get to the mountains for some color, but I’m hoping to get up there this next weekend. Until then, here are some great shots from others I wanted to share.

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Photo by James Bunten

Photo by James Bunten

 

Photo of Steamboat Springs by Larry Pierce

Photo of Steamboat Springs by Larry Pierce

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Flash Flooding in My Hood

LONGMONT FLOOD

Photo by Lewis Geyer Longmont Times-Call

I ride over this bridge every day when I cycle along the river. It’s less than 4 blocks from my house.

It’s been an interesting day. Woke up this morning to find out that the towns along the St. Vrain were hit with a flash flood overnight. There was a surge of rain, after three days of heavy rain, at about 1 a.m. last night.  I snagged a few photos from the local paper, as we are being discouraged from going anywhere near the river.

The town of Lyons, CO just northwest of here was completely cut off as all roads into and out of the area were washed out.  Boulder, southwest of here, has suffered a lot of damage and that is where one of my offices is located, which is under a few inches of water. It’s in a basement, so not terribly surprising, I’m just hoping they got the computers to a safe location.

Longmont, where I live, has been cut in half with no open roads between the north half of the city and the south side, as the St. Vrain crested and flooded over all the bridges.

Photo from Longmont Times-Call

Photo from Longmont Times-Call

When I’m cycling, I ride UNDER this bridge, along with four other bridges, all swamped by the flood. This is before it was completely covered.

They are expecting another surge tonight after a fourth straight day of rain and hopefully some relief by end of day tomorrow. Crazy. Even crazier, we’re more likely to have snow than rain in September and according to the experts, all this rain would be equal to 120 inches of snow in 4 days.  Flooding or no flooding, I prefer the rain.

PHOTO BY Eric Bellamy

PHOTO BY Eric Bellamy

Those are first responders (firefighters I think) on jet skis.

Photo by Lewis Geyer Longmont Times-Call

Photo by Lewis Geyer Longmont Times-Call

For more information and photos, click over to the Longmont Times-Call  or follow along on Twitter with #longmontflood

I’m all set up with candles, flashlights and everything else that might be needed if the electricity goes out. I’m at the top of a hill, granted less than half mile from the river, so I think we’re all safe on my block.  But no recipe exchange tomorrow.

Spring Melt 2013

Spring Melt 2013

When I went out for my ride yesterday, I was met with several places where the path was underwater. Spring melt had started…for the second time. There was a quick one in April and then we got a ton of snow in the mountains at the end of April and most of May. Since the snow pack and spring melt give us our summer water supply this was a welcome.

I shouldn’t have been surprised when I got to the waterfall, but its power was startling. I filmed a bit of it, and apologize ahead of time for the quality, it’s with my Canon camera and not my camcorder.

And the Winner is….

Romeo! (I called it.)

Romeo – photo by Sun Pony Ranch

This is how he’s described by Sun Pony Ranch:

Riding Level: Advanced;

Ground Work Level; Advanced Beginner.

Well trained horse, highly sensitive to weight and leg aids. Leg gripping tension from the rider will cause him to want to run. Pulling on the bit can make it worse, so rider must understand how to use loose rein (or light hands) and relaxed leg to keep him calm and under control. Romeo has also become a beautiful jumper when ridden English. He is a sweetie-pie on the ground and loves attention. He only gives a problem if you are leading him and he sees some nice green grass; he will strongly pull to get to it.

What a lovely ride today. The entire lesson was good for me, it was nice to end on a high note. Romeo was so responsive, that after Jack it was a great change, because I had to go from being heavy handed and strong-willed to light hands and a gentle touch. Romeo had a beautiful trot, which helped me to finally put all the pieces together and really take off.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that Romeo is aptly named. He’s a lover. And what he loves to do is rub his head on you and butt you with his head for attention. Think cat-like, but if you’re not prepared it can knock you off your feet. He also loves to be groomed and practically purrs when you’re brushing him.

I think what I appreciated most about the lessons was how each horse had something different to teach me. Patience, perseverance, conviction (oh, Jack I love you!) and then trust. Each one handled differently and it was as much about learning to read my horse as it was about proper technique.

I haven’t said much about the people involved, but they were key – both fellow riders and the instructors. Tiffany had her hands full with us, though I suspect we are a breeze compared to the kids she teaches the rest of the time. I like how she pushed us and at the same time reminded us that there’s a thousand things to remember while riding so cut ourselves some slack when we were frustrated.

Katie is a high school volunteer and I’m not sure what I would have done without her. She’s terrifically patient and always there when I needed a saddle check or encouragement. Honestly I don’t think I’ve met a more mature and graceful teenager.

Ginger who owns and runs the place was so much fun to have around. She joined in as a rider on two lessons and had lots of encouragement and helpful tips.  And that was also the way it was with all the other riders. There was a team spirit of encouragement every day.

I’m not sure you could ask for more: great people, great horses, beautiful location and perfect weather. I don’t think we’ll be able to top that this summer. Oh, yeah, that’s right, this summer we’ll be getting together to do semi-private sessions when we can fit them in. That would be that team spirit I was talking about.

Now I think there should be napping….