In 2003, mere weeks from our wedding date, my future husband and I picked up a Minnesota State Parks Passport Club kit from one of the park nature shops. What a wonderful way to step off on our life together, I recall thinking, by flitting around Minnesota exploring all 70+ state parks and recreation areas. Get your passport stamped at each one and receive — along with bragging rights, of course — a personalized commemorative plaque. Oh, I could see that plaque right then, hanging on some future living room wall.
Like any good adventure, our fossil hunting adventure started with a book. On the mid Thursday of August, we were reading Dinosaurs Before Dark – the first book in the Magic Tree House Series. At the end of the book, my 7-year-old asked:
“Do you think we could ever go dig for dinosaurs?”
Any parent knows that “could we ever?” actually means “how soon can we?” Not that I cater to their every whim, but this sounded like a fun idea. So began the best adventure of our summer. Read More