|Theropod track over an Ankylosaur track. The meat-eating dinosaur is hunting for its next mead|
|A worm burrow can be seen in this ancient sandstone|
Next it was time to take my wife and her friends to Diana’s Pumpkin patch in Cañon City. Everyone went into the corn maze but me—I decided to relax in a rocking chair with an ice cold Coke. I got a plastic glass and had the vendor pack it with ice. It was perfect.
|Yes, even for a geologist, Diana's Pumpkin Patch is more fun than a barrel of pumpkins.|
|The pumpkins were seemingly endless at the pumpkin patch.|
|Amanda did not get lost in the corn maze.|
|There were even white pumpkins in the patch.|
The best part of a Colorado Country Halloween party is to carve your pumpkin, then carefully set on a stump, and from a safe distance, take aim with a shotgun and shoot the pumpkin off of the stump. If you are a good shot nothing is left of the pumpkin other than fine debris. Black ants come out and drag the tiny fragments down into their nests. I have a live action video below so that you can see this true Colorado Country custom, first invented by gold miners. Click on the little triangle pointing to the right to see this amazing event.
Soon snow will come and limit rock, mineral, and dinosaur fossil hunting. In Colorado we use the winters to: ice fish; research; and plan our next spring and summer adventures.
|S. W. Veatch|