Category: Clue of the week

Tip-Toe Tracks

The dark gray sky glowed with eerie shades of sickly green, rusty red, and deep purple.  Patches of smoky black lingered low in the sky, sometimes broken by torrential shafts of rain.  Deep rumbling noises and echoes of… Read More

Digging Deep Diamonds

“Look, it’s a piece of bone!” I knelt and picked it up, then another, and another of the pale fragments on the ground.  It was a pleasant, sunny autumn day, perfect for an afternoon of casual fossil hunting… Read More

A New Fossil Tail

Did you ever play the game, “Telephone”, passing a whispered phrase down the line of people?  By the time the person on the end blurts out whatever they heard, it’s usually not what the first person said.  The… Read More

Quickly Cooling Crystals

The bright morning sun glistened off the different colored rock crystals, all squeezed together into a block of granite rock.  “Oh look!  There’s schist, and I think that’s pegmatite!”  I declared, delightedly leaning as close as I could… Read More

Facing the Facts

The late summer evening glow of the setting sun made the trees and rocks of the South Dakota Black Hills reverberate with a final splash of brilliant color before darkness cloaked their splendor for the night.  My flip-flops… Read More

Stepping Mile-High

“ . . . Eight, nine, ten” our group chanted as we climbed the grand stone steps, voices ringing loud and clear in the early evening air.   “ . . . Eleven, twelve, thirteen!” We stood all together… Read More

Corruption and Creativity

Clomp, clomp, clomp.  My high-heeled boots hit the tile floor as I walked.  As if floating on air, my friend lightly ran across the open room towards me, full of excitement.  “Want to see the invitations?” She asked… Read More

Master of Web Design

A gentle fog lingered in the autumn morning air.  As I walked across the damp grass, I was excited to see the rain gauge after the stormy day before.   I stopped suddenly to gaze at the glistening barrier… Read More

Colorful Colorado Clay

Wham-splat! The pick axe hit the muddy wall, then stuck there.  I pried it off and scooped off the wet, heavy chunk of clay into a debris bucket. Behind that chunk I noticed a rich variety of colors…. Read More

Bone Mix

I could feel the bright sunlight beams gently warming my back as they slowly made their way around the nice shade.  Sitting up tall on the ground, I traded my chisel and hammer for a water bottle to… Read More