Thursday, May 27, 2010

:LAYOUT: Ashfall Fossil Beds

For quite some time, we've had the tradition of going on a picnic with my parents on Memorial Day. We used to got to the same spot every year along the Missouri River, but then a few years ago, we decided to try to go somewhere different every year. This year's destination has yet to be determined, but we're discussing a couple different options.

On this particular Memorial Day, we went to Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska.

This is a great design for multiple 4x6 photos. The strips of patterned paper at the top and bottom frame and ground the photos.

I wanted to include the brochure on the layout, so layered my main photo over the brochure. The photo is only attached to the brochure itself (not the red cardstock base), so the brochure itself is still able to be opened and read.

On Memorial Day 2008, Justin, Kaitlin & I went on a day trip with my parents and Lynn.

We had a picnic lunch. The weather was less than ideal - quite chilly and very windy. It was a 'hold on to your plates' type lunch, but the food was good and that’s the main thing.

Then we went to The Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Nebraska. I hadn’t even known that this park was there until my parents had suggested that it might be a neat place to visit.

The fossils were amazing! The following is an excerpt from the Ashfall Fossil Beds website:

About 12 million years ago, a volcano in southwest Idaho spread a blanket of ash over a very large area. One or two feet of this powdered glass covered the flat savannah-like grasslands of northeastern Nebraska.

Most of the animals which lived here survived the actual ashfall, but as they continued to graze on the ash covered grasses, their lungs began to fill up with the abrasive powder. Soon their lungs became severely damaged and they began to die.

The smaller animals died first (smaller lung capacities) and finally, after perhaps three to five weeks, the last of the rhinos perished. Their bodies were quickly covered by the blowing and drifting ash.

Undisturbed except by an occasional scavenging meat-eater, the skeletons of these animals are preserved in their death positions, complete with evidence of their last meals in their mouths and stomachs and their last steps preserved in the sandstone below.

On the way back home, we went for a drive through Niobrara State Park and also went for a bit of a nature walk in some wooded areas and over the river on an old bridge.

A great day with family!

Adhesive: Duck
Cardstock : DCWV
Patterned Paper, Chipboard Sentiment: Chatterbox
Chipboard Journaling Spot: Scenic Route
Ink: Colorbox
Font: Calibri
Corner Rounder: Marvy
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