Thursday, August 17, 2006

Great Falls to Glacier

We took secondary roads again and stopped at a rock shop in Bynum, MT. We asked the owner, John Brandvold, if he would help to identify some of the rocks that we had found in North Dakota. He said two were agates, some were different types of oxidized iron ore (including the one I thought was an arrowhead), one of Chloe’s was petrified wood and another possibly dinosaur dung.

The owner’s wife Marion Brandvold was the first person to discover a baby dinosaur skeleton. A cast of it is in the shop. She’s 94 years old and hard of hearing, so we weren’t able to talk to her, but John answered many of the kids’ questions. I bought Conor a small pick-axe for rock hunting there. I figured we could also use it to hammer in tent stakes. The kid loves to dig and maybe this will save his fingers.

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