Here are some possibilities to explore while vacationing in the Western United States.
Seriously fascinated by dinosaurs? Meet them on their home turf: Wyoming. Even join a dig uncovering fossils and other evidence of their existence.
While you're at it, contemplate some of the rugged scenery where they once roamed, perhaps 165 million years ago.
Wyoming, the source for many dinosaur bones or casts in museums around the country, has designated a ``Paleo Trail,'' which includes places where the animals were known to have lived, museums, and active paleontology sites:
- One of the destinations is the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, southeast of Yellowstone, which offers two-day ``Kids Digs'' programs at the nearby Warm Springs Ranch dig site. Dates are June 16-17, July 7-8, July 28-29, and Aug. 11-12. There's also a Dig for a Day program. Call (307) 864-2997 for information.
- A new discovery by paleontologists on public land at Big Horn Basin shows dinosaur tracks that may be been left by one of the giants. For information about developments and public access, call the Bureau of Land Management at (307) 775-6256.
- One of the biggest dinosaurs ever found, an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) was excavated at Sheep Creek in Albany County and is now at home at the Geological Museum of the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
- The Triceratops, the horned dinosaur, is the official Wyoming state dinosaur, and an outstanding specimen can be found at the museum at the Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.
- Como Bluff, where Triceratops was the first dinosaur discovered in Wyoming (by Edward Cope, in 1872), is site of a dinosaur graveyard. It's marked but is private property.
- Other stops to check out are Lovell, Sheridan, Greybull, Dry Creek Petrified Tree Area at Buffalo, Worland, Newcastle, Casper, Glenrock, Alcova Reservoir, Cheyenne, Saratoga, Green River, Kemmerer, and Fossil Butte Monument.
If you're collecting fossils, make sure you have a right to take them. The Bureau of Land Management has information to guide you on your quest. Call (307) 775-6256.
The Nile flows
to the Rockies
A 16-ton, 4,300-year-old ceremonial wall from Egypt is one of the prime exhibits at the ``The Search for Ancient Egypt'' show through Aug. 2 at the Denver Art Museum.
The Chapel Wall of Kapipura, covered with hieroglyphs and pictures, served as the center of priest and family rituals, spells and offerings for the deceased.
Exhibit items are traveling from the University of Pennsylvania Egyptian Collection. Among the 140 pieces are a solid gold pendant of a lion goddess dating from 570-526 B.C. and a statue of Amun, considered a masterpiece because of its artistic quality. There are pottery and architectural fragments found at sites of ancient towns, temples, palaces, cemeteries and pyramids.
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One of these is a limestone carving that translates chapters from The Book of the Dead, containing the phrase, ``a spell for going forth by day and penetrating the underworld.''
Ticket admissions may be ordered by calling 1 (888) 66-EGYPT.
Grand Teton Music Festival
Even if you want to escape the stresses of metropolitan life, you don't have to give up its pleasures.
Classical artists from around the world will be performing at the Grand Teton Music Festival, June 30-Aug. 22, in Jackson Hole.
Eiji Oue is music director for the festival, which this year spotlights the ``Magnificent Fifths'' -- i.e., the fifth symphonies or concertos of Mahler, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
Guest artists include conductors James Judd and Joseph Silverstein, soprano Luvenia Gardner, violinists Suzanne Hou, Mark O'Connor, Joseph Silverstein, David Davidovici and Ralph Matson, cellist Truls Mork, and pianists Jonathan Gilad, Samuel Sanders, Michael Chertock, Eckart Sellheim, Judith Lynn Stillman and Deborah Moriarty.
For tickets, call (307) 733-1128.
Walk under the water, so to speak, to see fish, sharks, seals, sea lions and their natural habitats at the new Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, opening June 20.
An underwater tunnel will offer close-up views of undersea life at this new 150,000-square-foot facility, part of the Queensway Bay project to redevelop the Long Beach waterfront. A variety of marine habitats, from tropic coral reefs to frigid north Pacific waters, will be recreated in the exhibits.
-- By The Associated Press