|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 1. The small city of Choteau provides the amenities that makes life comfortable! Hot showers, laundry machines, bars, restaurants, and yes--tires of all sizes! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 2. Sunrise over Camp Makela on a Friday, which is the day off from fossil hunting! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 3. A leisurely breakfast is tradition on the day off from the Cretaceous. Here it is French toast crafted by Emmy Hill and consumed by dinosaur diggers. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
Choteau is accommodating to all who enter its dominion. A stop at the visitor's center to use the facilities engages you with hostesses asking you to sign the guest book. These well-coiffed ladies ask you if you are headed to Yellowstone National Park or some other Montana natural wonder. They nod their heads when you answer that you are affiliated with research at Egg Mountain--it's well documented in their local museum (the subject of a future blog)!
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 6. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
It is with a full heart that I write about my opportunity to experience these multiple ways of BEING provided by the fieldwork of my dear paleontologist husband, Chiboogamoo (aka Tony Martin). How thrilling it is to shift roles! To go from being a dirt encrusted fossil hunter in the Two Medicine Formation to a curious tourist in Choteau with money in her pocket to spend! To dip my toe in the river of time, sensing the deep and infinite and the contrast of superficial and momentary: the badlands versus the town.
Thank you so much my darling Chiboogamoo for including me in this western adventure, allowing to collaborate with you, teaching me about the Cretaceous trace fossils in Montana's badlands, playing with images, ideas, and words. You are such an inspiration!
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 9. Paleontologist husband, Chiboogamoo, provides scale for this large American flag in Choteau! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 10. Sun setting on Camp Makela. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|DAY OFF FROM THE CRETACEOUS 11. I'm so thankful for the expanse of this beautiful Earth, the generosity of others (including my husband), and the multiple ways of Being offered us! (photo by Chiboogamoo)|