The Sky’s The Limit Challenge, Hike 4—Dinosaur State Park

Posted By on May 9, 2016

The Sky's The Limit Challenge, Hike 4—Dinosaur State Park

1/2 mile; Rocky Hill, CT

Since we were so close, my challenge companions and I decided to knock off the “easy” rated Dinosaur Park, which was only about 20 minutes away. It was a short but very interesting little walk.

I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVED dinosaurs when I was a kid. I once found a perfectly preserved fossilized fern in my own back yard in Portsmouth, RI, and decided then and there, at the tender age of 10, that I was going to be a paleontologist when I grew up. Many years later, I can say that was a fantasy. But this kind of thing just ignites my interest all over again. Actual preserved fossilized dino footprints!

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

The short walk to the designated selfie spot was along a boardwalk through a swamp. Appropriate for the site, I suppose.

Dino Prints

Dino Prints

The niftiest part of this park, the actual fossilized dinosaur prints, were not accessible to us since we were there on a Monday, and the exhibit hall is closed on Mondays. But there is another nifty feature where you can bring your own plaster-of-paris for molds and make copies of the prints. That’s what is picture, above. It’s raised up, so when you make your print, it looks like a real footprint.

My Selfie

My Selfie

And here I am at the designated Arthropod Interpretive Sign.

You can find out more about the CT DEEP’s Sky’s the Limit Challenge here, and Dinosaur Park, here.

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