Cretaceous Interior Seaway
North America Sacred Site Pilgrimage of the Epic of Evolution
report by Connie Barlow, 2008
THIS PILGRIMAGE takes place in central Kansas, along Interstate 70. It is an opportunity to powerfully experience the Interior Seaway (a.k.a. Bearpaw Seaway) that connected the Gulf of Mexico with the Arctic Ocean during the Cretaceous period, some 100 million to 80 million years ago. We recommend at least these two stop-overs: (1) Sternberg Museum in Hays, KS. (2) Wilson Reservoir.
STERNBERG MUSEUM. All the photographs (above) were taken by us, Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, when we visited the museum in September 2006. The museum holds world-class fossils excavated from the sediments of the Bearpaw Seaway nearby. It also has gigantic exhibits of reconstructed dinosaurs and pteranodons in their natural habitats, complete with sound effects and movement (awesome to be by the T. rex when the sound and movement begins!) This museum is a perfect size to see and savor absolutely everything.
WILSON RESERVOIR. Less than two hours after we left the museum, we were floating in the warm waters of this very large reservoir, imagining what it would have been like to view pteranodons overhead and fear the rise of a mosasaur from below. Rocks along its edges are fossiliferous from those times.
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