dinosaur dance floor and around denali
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jul 17, 2012 9:06 PM Last Post By: travelinhobo
Jul 16, 2012 8:29 PM
dinosaur dance floor and around denaliI must go to the dinosaur dance floor in or near denali. the park ranger i called had no idea what i was talking about. i know that it's in the lower cantwell formation. can someone tell me how to get to it? is it inside the park? i don't know how to orienteer, so hopefully it will be possible for me.
also, anybody out there know a great trail outside of denali i could camp on the night before i enter the park? i have one night of camping outside before going in to wonder lake. if there is a trail (for non-orienteering folk) that would be fabulous. i grew up in the appalachians so i am used to a totally different type of hiking into campsites. and yes, i got bear canisters.
Jul 16, 2012 9:15 PM
1That's interesting that the ranger had never heard of it, since it is right there on the park's website:
There will definitely not be a trail right to this feature, so it sounds like you're out of luck.
Jul 16, 2012 9:40 PM
2From Flagstuff's site:
>"Dozens of dinosaur fossil footprints are found in some strata of the Lower Cantwell Formation, such that geologists have affectionately referred to the slabs of rock as dinosaur dance floors. It would be hard to dance on them now, given that the rock layers have been heaved by ancient forces to the near-vertical. The dancing was done about 65 million years ago, to tunes played in the Late Cretaceous."
65 million years ago was lights out for the dinosaurs. Maybe those near-vertical "dance floors" should be called "last-dance floors." The "tunes" would all have been dirges.
Jul 16, 2012 9:47 PM
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Jul 17, 2012 7:17 AM
6The Party's Over, it's time to call it a day.
They've burst your pretty balloon and taken the moon away.
It's time to wind up the masquerade.
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid.
The Party's Over.The candles ficker and dim.
You danced and dreamed through the night,
it seemed to be right just being with him.
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end.
Take off your make up, The Party's Over.
It's all over, my friend.
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