Our friends, Larry and Annette, live just outside Torrey. One of the treats during our visit here was a hike they took us on to check out some fossils of ancient dinosaur bones. The location is not on any map and is not publicized so you need “local knowledge” to find them.
There is no trail that leads to the fossils so you have to pick your way up a very rocky wash requiring some scrambling.
Once up on top we enjoyed some great views of the surrounding area.
But soon our attention moved from the great views to the dinosaur fossils in the rocks around us.
There were small chips around us that looked like they were fossils. Larry then showed us a test to tell if the chip was fossil or just rock. The porous nature of some fossil bones will cause it to slightly stick to your tongue if you lick it!
We passed a hole in the rock as we hiked and Annette demonstrated how to get up close and personal with the formation.
Getting in to the hole was not a problem, but getting back out required a different skill set called “Help me, Larry.”
We soon came to an area with a number of pieces of petrified wood.
After an exciting afternoon of hiking, we rewarded ourselves with pizza and beer at the Rim Rock Patio. It was a bit brisk and windy outside but we took a table in the corner that was out of the wind so we could enjoy the great view.
The high mesa in the distance is Meeks Mesa. We hiked up there last week (and spent two hours searching for the trail back down).
On the way back to their house, Larry and Annette showed us around “suburban” Torrey. Deer and rabbits were all over the place.
Back at their house we were able to meet their cat, Oreo. The cat showed up on their porch one day and now performs guard duty.
Tomorrow Larry and Annette head into Colorado for a family visit, so we said our good-byes before heading back to the motorhome. We enjoy visiting with them and appreciate their “guided tours” of the area!