We took the boys to Drumheller for a weekend of camping and having fun with the dinosaurs.
Henry has now renamed Drumheller to be 'Dinosaur Town' and he quite enjoyed it.


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First, a look at some train track fun in our basement where both boys played together, at least for
long enough to take a photo.


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High above the town in Sunterra, the boys stood on some rocks for quick photo.


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Walter thinks dandelions are nice flowers.


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Natalia and our friend Kurt and Ana's daughter Kristina.

Walter missing Daddy - on a 1 day trip to Vancouver


Camping in Drumheller


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We picked up a rain/sun shelter this week and trialed it in Drumheller camping at River Grove Campground.
Kudos to this campground for the shade (site 108) along with excellent playgrounds, and a pretty quiet area.
Bonus points for being able to walk to the 'big Dinosaur' and for a great location.


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The boys in their camp chairs hanging out at the campground.


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Walter was fascinated with our lamp from the camp box.


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Henry on the duck at the playground.

Henry riding the duck



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Henry looking 'scary' in front of the 'big dinosaur' at the Visitor Centre.


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The splash park in Drumheller is a great example of what can be done without needing people to supervise
and monitor kids at a splash park. Great investment in the centre of town to make this a really nice
central gathering place for kids and families.


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At the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller.


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This trip was intended to give Henry his first chance to spend time at the Tyrell Museum. Both boys enjoyed
the exhibits, the big dinosaur skeletons, and the exploration spaces. This is a big spinning earth that shows
how Pangaea was together and how it came apart, along with showing where Alberta sits.


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Henry reaching up to see the 4 foot mark next to the sauropod skeleton.


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Yes boys, this animal would have been massive. I don't think I quite realized that most skeletons at museums
of dinosaur fossils are casts since the actual fossils are super heavy. We did get to see 'Black Beauty', an impressive
T-rex skull that was found here.


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Henry and I were supposed to do a dinosaur hike but with extremely wet trails, they modified the program to instead
do an indoor program. This is a dome-headed dinosaur skull fossil.


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We learned about fossils, petrified wood (Alberta's provincial stone), and other geology too. This
activity asks you to sort the 12 items into their respective categories.


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A beautiful ammonite fossil.


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We then got a box of fossils/ore/rocks and got to look through it looking for bones, fossils, and other
neat stuff. Henry thought the loupes were fun to play with.


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The best specimen we found was a really nice champsosaur vertebra (like an alligator).


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The boys with the big dinosaur in Drumheller. We did climb up the inside - Natalia carried Walter -
and the boys got to look around.


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Inside the big dinosaur. Henry has named him 'Steggie' although it makes no sense.

Walter and Henry at the fountain 1


Walter and Henry at the fountain 2


Henry at the splash park



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Walter definitely enjoys puddles and playing with his trucks in said puddles.


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Reading a story Natalia got to the boys on Father's Day morning.


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Walter in a sweater and his pajamas.


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Playing around the campground.


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Pajama party at the campground.


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Henry playing in 'his tent'.


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We went for a short hike at Horseshoe Canyon to look at the sandstone and mudstone formations that Henry learned
about in our classroom session.


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Henry, Walter, and I on Father's Day in Horseshoe Canyon.

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