Fossils, Barns, and Homesteads on a Theme Thursday

While in Colorado we decided to go see the Florissant Fossil Beds.  I’m not sure what I was really expecting……okay, that is not totally true.  When I read fossil bed, I was thinking bones.   I definitely wasn’t thinking petrified trees.  This picture pretty much sums up how we felt about looking at a bunch of petrified tree stumps:

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All was not lost on this trip though.  We did take a nice hike around all the “fossils” and got to see the Charlotte Hill Homestead.  Charlotte Hill was a pioneer and homesteader in the late 1800’s.  She uncovered and collected several fossils at Florissant.  Yes, there is more to the Florissant Fossil Beds than the petrified trees.  They have a small museum with several fossils of insects and other items.  The thing I found most interesting during the whole visit was Charlotte Hill”s Homestead and luckily for me, I took a picture of the barn and can use it for Theme Thursday.


I also took a picture of the main house I would like to share, simply because it is my favorite picture taken there.


If you would like to see more pictures of barns today, head on over to Clan Donaldson and check out Theme Thursday.  If you have no interest in barns and want to see California in the winter, head on over to California to Korea  (Sorry Micaela, I couldn’t resist).

My 5 Favorite Things From Our Trip


This campground in Montana.

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The campground was located just North of Cooke City, Montana, which is northeast of Yellowstone National Park.  This campground only cost us $4.50 to camp there and was beautiful! A couple of interesting facts:  The check we used to pay for our site wasn’t cashed until long after we arrived back home.  The campground was for hard-sided vehicles only (no tent camping, including pop up tents) because of bears.


Mono Lake Park

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Mono Lake Park was a cool little park with a boardwalk that lead out to the Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve.  Once we got to the end of the boardwalk, we met a really cool lady who invited us to use her binoculars and taught us all about the birds in the area.  Once back to the park we got to see a deer and some rabbits, all while playing on the playground equipment.


This moment right here

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One of my favorite things about this trip was getting to finally meet J.B. Beverely.  If you do not know who he is, please go check out his Facebook Page or this video.  He is one of my favorite musicians and it was such a pleasure to meet him.  I actually got to meet him the day before this picture was taken.  This was the second night out in Nashville to see him perform, this time at Layla’s.


The coffee house behind us in this picture.

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This place had the BEST coffee.  I originally went in and got an ice coffee just so we could use the bathroom, but what I discovered was the best coffee of the whole trip.  I also later realized that there were porta potties in the alley right next to the coffee shop and there was no need for me to go inside.  I was meant to find that coffee.


The beauty of Colorado


I just couldn’t get over how beautiful it was in Colorado.  I loved it there.

Check back with me next Wednesday when I have another 5 Favorites from our trip.  Next week will feature my 5 Favorite things about Muddy Roots.  Also, make sure you head over to Moxie Wife to check out more 5 Favorites for today!

Theme Thursday – Mess

This is going to be a short and sweet Theme Thursday.  This mess is brought to you by;  slamming on the breaks and throwing the contents of the van all over the place.

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This happened  several times on the trip.  This wasn’t even the worst one, it is just the only one we documented.  The worst would have been in Canada.  We were driving thru some town and the car in front of me quickly stopped.  I slammed on my breaks and of course, everything we owned was now within arms reach.  I sat there shocked for a moment and Lacy just burst out laughing.  She grabbed something out of one of the food bags and said, “Are you hungry?  I can get you anything you want?  How about your toothbrush?  Need that?”  It actually made a stressful situation not so bad.

I don’t even remember the story behind this one.  I know it was in Colorado, but I couldn’t tell you what made me stop so quickly that everything got tossed around.

If you enjoyed the story of this mess, then head on over to Clan Donaldson for more Theme Thursday messes.