12 April 2010

Agate Fossil Beds


Saturday we were mostly feeling better. Justin suggested we tour the Agate Fossil Beds about 2.5 hours north and west of Sidney. It was freezing cold on the ground with a warm wind gusting through, this caused some awesome fog on the drive. We toured the little museum dedicated to the fossils found in the area, the rancher who owned the property, and the local Indians. Jared helped Amelia check out some fossil samples viewed through magnifying glasses. We enjoyed a cold lunch out in the wind. Mom helped me bundle Phillip in the backpack and snuggle Mia into the stroller. We hiked 2.5 miles to the University and Carnegie hills. Jeremy and Jared had the best time playing rocket-ship-stroller with Amelia. She was utterly delighted with their antics. Phillip completely tuckered out during the hike. He cried most of the drive, probably due to ear pressure. My ears certainly had trouble equilibrating. Phillip tried to be a trunk monkey at the end of the hike, he mostly just looked cute!

We then drove to Scotts Bluff National Monument. Mom took a nap while we walked the shorter trail around the top of the bluffs. The atmosphere was so clear we could see Chimney Rock on the horizon! The kiddos enjoyed walking the rocky ridges and the spectacular views. Justin suggested Chinese for dinner so we drove into Scottsbluff city. Everyone humored me a short Target stop. I scored some cute shoes for Amelia's birthday. Poor Jeremy was so dehydrated that he lost his Chinese dinner mid-way through the meal. We all had some residual gastro-intestinal issues going on. I think more than half our meal went home with us in take-home boxes. We arrived home tired but glad for the outing.

Sunday was very relaxing. We had leftovers for dinner and a nice Sunday evening walk. Justin and I are both sick now. He has a flu and I have a nasty deep sinus infection. The roots of my teeth even hurt and my ears ache terribly.

2 Stupendous Remarks:

Kilgore Clan said...

You are lucky it was cool there. I took my kids several years back in August and it was extremely hot and they didn't have a lot of shade along the trail. We were pouring bottles of water on ourselves to keep cool but the kids enjoyed it.

The Haley Family said...

Fun trip, I know my boys LOVED it a few weeks ago!!! Feel better!!!!!