Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More of My California Visit

Once the retreat was over Traci drove me back to my friend Ana's house.  
We walked to the La Brea Tar Pits.  
I could NOT have been more excited!!!  
Living prehistoric history!!  
My scientific geeky self was in heaven.


The first pit you see is called the Lake.  
The tar is covered with water giving the appearance of a "lake".  
Apparently it is not really tar but actually asphalt.  
Learned something new.
The gas from underground continually bubbles to the surface too.


They have models of Mammoths getting stuck in the pit.


The most commonly found animal here is the Sabre Tooth Tiger. 
They also found many Dire Wolves too.  
One wall had over 400 skulls on it!


There was an active excavation on one of the pits too, but no one was working the day we were there.



I didn't realize there were so many pits too.  Each one was quite different from the others too.


This just looks like leaves on dark ground.  Nope, TAR!


There was one spot where you could see the tar bubbling.


I took this video and you can watch the bubble form and POP!


The skeletons were amazing.  I am fascinated by the cats, of course.



 The soth was over 2000 pounds!


Not a great photo but you can see how large it is next to me.


This is some of what they bring up and volunteers can go in and help dig the stuff out of the tar.


Saber Tooth skull


Mammoth


Sloth




 It was a fantastic day and I was happy to spend more time with my friend Ana.  
The next day I would spend with my friend Karen.

~XOP~


1 comments:

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Wow!!! That is so cool! Thats a place I have always wanted to visit!

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