From Rach to Rocks.
My older son is on a scout jaunt to Mammoth Cave, so the 12-year old and I began the day with his "Masquerade" Recital - they were to come in costume, and he chose to plaster his shirt with nametags on which he'd written the names of random people and characters from Darth Vader to Spiro Agnew to Billy Jo Shaver (yes!). He played the Rachmaninoff Prelude in C# minor - the famous one. A snippet is in this set, but there's a previous post with a longer excerpt.
After a stop at the library, we headed to a fossil hunt sponsored by a local group called Fresh Air Family. We'd done it before - maybe three years ago - but have never had a chance since because of conflicts (probably piano....). But we made it this time and had a good two hours at the site. The material is all plant material (although the coordinator always tells a story of someone finding a big slab with footprints...which I wish she wouldn't do...it sets expectations too high...) and it takes a few minutes to figure out how to look and what to look for, but once you do, you can find some nice specimens. I wouldn't want to do it for a living, but it's a good way to spend two hours on a lovely Saturday afternoon.
As we drove away, we encountered these cows. The nose on the brown one fascinated me - it looked gold, almost as if it had been painted. And then after a convenience store stop, a hitchhiker revealed itself.
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