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Today we arrived at Dinosaur Provincial Park.  It is located in what they refer to as the Alberta Band Lands.  It is quite the amazing landscape and not the sort of they we have ever seen in person before.  It always amazes me just how stunning this country is.  Each area has a true beauty of its own.  Shortly after our arrival at the park we got to see our first live in nature rattle snake.
Our first order of business once we arrived was to set up our camp site and have some lunch before heading off for the hike I had pre-booked.

The Centrosaurus Quarry hike was spectacular and a definite must do for anyone heading to the area!  It was very hot and the bugs were terrible, but the hike was so worth it!

Hike in the Bad Lands

Our guide was really wonderful.  She drove us out to the area we were going to be hiking and did a super job of explaining everything and pointing out some amazing things.  A and L were chosen to help act out the actions of the glacier as a visual aid to the group, which was really fun for them.

Pretending to be a Glacier.

Eventually we made our way to the “bone bed”, where we saw a real life example of that the paleontologists uncovered.

Bone Bed

Perhaps the most exciting part of the day took place when we were given some time to just look around a bit on our own.  We quickly discovered how plentiful the fossils were.  Words can’t describe how incredible it was.  There were so many!