Traveling the Navaho Nation in Arizona we veered off the blacktop road near Tuba City and found ourselves on a red-dirt road traveling into an area of sagebrush prairie and rocky outcrops. Stopping by a small shelter with no signs or advertising we found a Native guide anxious to show us the ancient dinosaur tracks in the rocks. The area, at one time was apparently marshy and the ancient behemoths fed upon the vegetation, making tracks in what was then mud. Now the tracks are left behind, hardened into stone.
Returning home to Minnesota I found lots of tracks hardened into the ice and snow where the skid-loader had piled the now from our driveway. The winter so far is stacking up to be petty snowy as I compare the stack of snow next to our eight foot grape arbor.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..