To St Louis and St George

We flew to St. Louis so Chris could go to a conference and a work meet up. The rest of us explored some of the city.

The old buildings and big parks were beautiful. The city was very friendly and relaxed feeling. We went to the science center, planetarium and the zoo, all in a huge park together.

When Chris had a free day we all went to the city museum which was by far our favorite place, a huge building converted into art and an endless playground, much of it made of recycled building or factory materials. It had so many fascinating details as well as climbing and sliding opportunities everywhere. Even the birds enjoy it!


It truly was amazing and the kids were quite sad that we couldn’t go again while we were there.

Chris and I got to go meet with a bunch of his coworkers in the evenings and that was really fun! He works with great people.

We flew home, went to nature class and then drove down to St. George to meet my parents and sister for a few days down there.

We hiked a lot, went to a botanical garden, explored the ruins of an old mining town and the museum there and celebrated Chris’ birthday. There was an old charcoal kiln to see, along with a fascinating mining town museum. We found a hike that had a section where you hold on to a rope mounted above to traverse a big rock with footholds, some of them made by native peoples ages ago. It was very challenging but fun.


We ended our trip to Southern Utah with some dinosaur footprint spotting. There are so many in the area you probably walk past them all over but this one was marked for us just next to the trail.


Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

This weekend we took a day trip out to a dinosaur quarry. We miss Chris on our weekday excursions so it was fun to explore somewhere new, all four of us.


The quarry is fantastic. It’s a working quarry where they are actively digging up bones and the building you can visit has all the tools (paintbrushes, rags, a sieve, glue, various cups and cans) and tags they use while they are working. It’s really neat to see all the things they use, not just the finished product. They also have a museum with lots of information and neat illustrations and bones on display, but we were much more excited about the quarry.

This quarry has one of the densest areas of dinosaur bones anywhere and it’s a mystery why they are all there. There are many theories, but it’s still a source of questions. I read that the layer where the bones are is only about three feet deep and yet, the densest collection… amazing!

Here Lilah is pointing to a bone she spotted embedded in a rock on one of the trails in the quarry.


After visiting the dinosaur bone dig, we climbed on some rocks and then drove a bit and found a nice spot to have dinner and several games of hide and seek before heading home.

The moon was coming up as we ate and packed up. It was a beautiful day together.