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Digging for Dinosaurs




by Chloe Northrop

At first I didnít want to dig for dinosaurs, but now Iím addicted to it!

 After graduating from Chisholm Trail Academy in Keene, Texas, I didn’t know what I should do the summer before I started college. When Dr. Chadwick from Southwestern Adventist University invited me to go to Dino Dig in Wyoming, I didn’t immediately say yes. I didn’t really enjoy camping, and I didn’t even own a tent.

I decided to go anyway, earn my first college credits, and maybe dig up something along the way. Although I didn’t really know anyone, I  determined to try to have a good time.
I packed far too much and embarked on a journey to Wyoming. When I first got there, I hid in my tent and read for almost a week. But after my first of three tents broke, the faculty moved me into a tent with another girl, which forced me to become more sociable.
That summer I ended up having a great time, and I found many bones! I made amazing friends, and I’ve gone back every year since. It’s so nice to see my old friends and to make new ones every summer. Last year was my fifth trip, and I plan to go back every year that I can.
Southwestern Adventist University hosts the Dino Dig in Wyoming every summer in the month of June. The purpose of the project is for college students, teachers, and enthusiasts alike to have an opportunity to travel to a remote section of the United States and participate in something truly amazing.
You will unearth dinosaur bones that no human has ever touched. This is so exciting and somewhat awe-inspiring the first time you unearth something that was once walking and roaming around. For four weeks the participants go to quarries and expose the dinosaur bones buried there. With nearly 1000 bones discovered each summer, everyone is sure to find something unique.
The Hanson Research Station works with Southwestern Adventist University, because the faculty teach and believe in Creation. College students and high school students can receive college credit if they take the four-week summer class. 
The Hanson Research Station offers satellite Internet and a computer area. There’s also a kitchen and eating area there. The bathrooms have hot running water and showers. The lecture area has a projector and screen for the professors to use during their evening lectures.
The group divides up daily responsibilities, so each person does their part to help keep the camp running smoothly and efficiently. Worship is held each morning before the work begins in the quarry. Music and a short devotional thought starts the day off right. On Friday afternoon the group goes to town to do laundry and prepare for Sabbath.
Sabbath is a day of rest and fellowship with the members of the camp. Everyone has a chance to reflect on the week and enjoy time with the group. Since there’s no television or good cell phone reception, it’s a great time to recharge your battery and relax.
Many participants stay for the entire month, while some choose to stay for as little as a day. There are many exciting tourist destinations around the area, including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Devil’s Tower, and many museums. The group often goes on day trips to these places to enhance their knowledge of the surrounding area.
Every person’s effort is integral to the overall outcome of Dino Dig. And it takes many dedicated people to ensure the continuation of this significant research project. So I strongly encourage academy and college students to come out and join the fun. For more information or to register for 2009’s Dino Dig, visit http://dinodig.swau.edu. See you there!
 
Chloe Northrop is expanding her knowledge about history in north Texas.




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