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1. Trail of Lights 5K!

The Zilker tree and Moonlight Tower
This year marked the return of the Trail of Lights to Zilker Park after a two-year hiatus.  It also marked the return of the Trail of Lights 5K!

Since Cyn and I have never actually done the Trail of Lights, we thought we'd do the 5K this year.  We were joined by Maggie and Erik Kuntz; and Gene Brenek.  

Me, Erik, Maggie, Gene, Cyn
Refreshments under the tree
Into the mouth of the beast...
Cyn, Erik, and Gene ham it up.

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2. A Dino a Day: A CHRONAL ENGINE Celebration XI

And, for the penultimate A Dino a Day, it's the T.rex wet T-shirt contest at Barton Springs Pool!  Or something like that.   

Me, tree, shallow end
The cone marks where the diving board used to be
Looking toward the north end

Grimacing, before I take the plunge.  Or maybe there's just something with the goggles.

This T-shirt features everyone's favorite theropod superimposed over the Public Library of Science emblem (kind of hard to tell, but it's there).  The PLoS organization publishes the PLoS ONE public access scientific journal, which was very, very helpful in researching CHRONAL ENGINE

Here's a link to the PLoS ONE Paleontology collection.

The T-shirt is from the PloS store at zazzle.com.

The photos were taken at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park.  For those of you not from Austin, the three acre pool is fed by underground springs and maintains a constant temperature of around 68 degrees year-round.  Needless to say, it is an Austin favorite during the purgatorial Texas summers.  And, yes, Zilker is the same park with the Hartmann Prehistoric Garden.

Links to previous days:

A Dino a Day: Day 0: Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot
A Dino a Day: Day 1: Book People
A Dino a Day: Day 2: Driskill Hotel
A Dino a Day: Day 3: Whole Foods 
A Dino a Day: Day 4: Texas State Capitol 
A Dino a Day: Day 5:Amy's Ice Creams
A Dino a Day: Day 6: Austin History Center
A Dino a Day: Day 7: RunTex
A Dino a Day: Day 8: Waterloo Records  
A Dino a Day: Day 9: Mt. Bonnell
A Dino a Day: Day 10: The Book Spot

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3. Austin Dinosaurs: Sarahsaurus, the Dino Pit, and the Hartmann Prehistoric Garden

Last October, I ran a post about the Texas Memorial Museum, UT's natural history museum. But that's not the only place in town for dinosaur-related activity:

The Hartmann Prehistoric Garden (Austin, TX) is an entire garden in Zilker Park devoted to Mesozoic plants that have survived to the present. You can get up close to cycads, gingkos, magnolias, cypresses, dawn redwoods, and more ferns than you can shake a stick at.

The Garden was inspired by the discovery of ornithomimid footprints on the site in the early 90s, so they decided to run with it (pun intended). It's a pretty spectacular experience, beautiful and oddly strange, when you think about the fact that these plants have been around for hundreds of millions of years. Also, the pond you see above has gar and other fish that trace their ancestry back to the Mesozoic, as well.

And it sits in the shadow of Mopac Expressway. Although you can't see the cars, you can hear them, which makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

Right next door is the Austin Nature and Science Center, which has its own Dino-Pit, an outdoor paleontology exhibit where kids can "dig" for their own fossils. They'll "find" casts of fossils from the Pleistocene, the Cretaceous, and the Permian.

Oh, and what's a Sarahsaurus? It's this guy:

It's a sauropodomorph found by University of Texas paleontologist Tim Rowe in Arizona. It's from 190 million years ago (early Jurassic), when dinosaurs were just getting started...And it's named after Sarah Butler, the Austin philanthropist who was instrumental in raising funds for the Dino Pit.

Here's a nice article in the Statesman. And here's a link to a PDF of the official paper, from the 0 Comments on Austin Dinosaurs: Sarahsaurus, the Dino Pit, and the Hartmann Prehistoric Garden as of 1/1/1900

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