Saturday, 3 October 2009

Drumheller for Conference

Since Sundays are such busy days in our lives these days, we decided that on General Conference weekend we'd try going somewhere to get away and spend time together while still enjoying Conference. Jill went to Drumheller with Allen this year for a High Council visit and so she was eager to go to Drumheller again - so that was the destination of choice. We watched the morning session at home and then hurried off to Drumheller. We've enjoyed Conference and enjoyed having fun together! It was really a great idea to get away.

These pictures are at the fossil museum. You get to dig for fossils and gems and then keep the ones you find! Loads of fun.

The kids have done a lot of climbing and swimming today. These pictures are from the fossil museum's climbing wall. They also climbed a hoo-doo near the Drumheller chapel (Well, to be more precise, it was just a hill - but we called it a hoodoo. Good thing too because we later found out you're not supposed to climb hoodoos!).

Had a great time....and then it all ended like this:.

Sounds like we had dinosaurs in our hotel room! That'd be Jill snoring, by the way!

oh! And we finally figured out what a hoo doo is!

hoo·doo [ hdoo ]
noun (plural hoo·doos)

1. religion Same as voodoon (sense 2)
2. bad luck: bad luck or misfortune
3. bringer of bad luck: somebody or something believed to bring bad luck
4. oddly-shaped rock column: in the western United States and Canada, a column of rock that has been weathered into a strange shape

Hoodoo info from here:

Hoodoos take millions of years to form and stand 5 to 7 metres tall. Each hoodoo is a sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a large stone. Hoodoos are very fragile and can erode completely if their capstone is dislodged (in other words, no climbing allowed).

Where do Hoodoos get their name?The name "Hoodoo" comes from the word "voodoo" and was given to these geological formations by the Europeans. In the Blackfoot and Cree traditions, however, the Hoodoos are believed to be petrified giants who come alive at night to hurl rocks at intruders

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