This week’s Friday Field Trip was to Frenchman Mountain on the eastern edge of Las Vegas. It’s easy to get to, offers a great view, and, because it BLM land, it’s okay to quarry for trilobite fossils. I got there, enjoyed the view, but didn’t find any trilobites. I did discover a few cool fossils, which after some debate with a geology friend, we believe they’re actually a Cambrian era coral.
I suffered a little slip and fall, scraping my knee pretty good and bruising my hand. It could have been so much worse. The my feet kept going over some slippery rocks and down I went. It’s amazing to me how quickly those things happen.
Anyway, I’ve got a few more fossil sites I plan to visit in the coming weeks. I’ve got this thing about trilobites and I hope to find some more great examples for my collection.
This weeks’ #FridayFieldTrip was a trip to the Springs Preserve and the Nevada State Museum. It was just too hot to walk the 4 miles of trails–the Preserve had heat warning signs posted. So, I’ll have to visit again to explore the gardens, tortoise habitat, and all of that.
For this visit, I stuck to the inside stuff. There’s an exhibition on how “light” works that was hands on and great for the kids. I revisited the local history area with new respect for the recreated adobe home (after visiting the Lost City Museum a few months ago). I always like the land auction exhibit with the lifelike statues that talk.
My new experience though was a visit to the new home of the Nevada State Museum. It’s been open for a while, but this was the first time there for me. The old museum had dusty diorama set ups that were a bit sad. Yes, all the stuffed animals made it into the new space, as did the wonderful fossils and fossil castings (like Christopher, here) but so did talking holograms, cool video installations, hands-on mining exhibits, and wonderful, brief story boards written in great prose with lots of pictures. There’s also an excellent retrospective of the history of gambling and casino life, too. Kudos to the curators and anyone else who helped to create this exhibit.
On this trip, we became members of the Springs Preserve, so I suspect there will be many more Field Trips there over the coming months.