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Trip Log: Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, 2002

Saturday, July 13:

We enjoyed a day off!

Left to right: 1. Having a little fun on our day off at Alaskaland. 2. Janet says “Hooray for salmon!” 3.Anne Pasch receives our thank-you gift: a bar of soap made of glacial silt. 4. Chris shows off his well-fed gut.

Sunday, July 14:

Above: Roland showing some fossils.
Below: Examining fossils previously collected from Rainbow Mountain.

The day started with another marmot sighting. (Hey, Cathie those sure were big lemmings!). Breakfast burritos in room 213. Thank you Pam, Phelana and Janet for making your dorm room our communal kitchen. After a brief briefing of the next few days’ agenda, we all left for the University of Alaska Museum.

At the museum we saw a wonderful collection of dinosaur stuff. We started with a short lecture from Roland in his curation/preparation room about the museum and the diversity of the fossil collection, which amazingly has over 60,000 specimens—the largest collection in Alaska. We were able to see an expanded collection from some of the sites we had visited earlier—specifically Wishbone Hill, Rainbow Mountain—as well as the Liscomb bone bed where we will be working on the North Slope.

Myths about what is really a fossil were dispelled and then we broke for lunch. After a bite on the run we reconvened in the Natural Science facility where we honed our map skills. (More work with that Brunton Compass—oh joy, oh boy!) BUT we finally know where we are.

Back to the museum and the computers where we had a chance to type in our reports, view the travel pictures, and take our Alaska driving tests.

Reporters of the day: Pat and Holly

P.S. Please send coffee and San Francisco Sourdough French Bread!

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