Moreno Middle School Students Visit Museum
From digging through the sediment looking for fossilized bone, to navigating the sometimes turbulent Rio Grande River, Moreno Middle School students packed a week of adventures into only four days.
This year, the students spent most of one day rafting down the Colorado Canyon of the Rio Grande. Navigating the rapids made the nine-hour excursion a tiring experience for the youngsters even though they managed to sneak in a nap on the banks of the river.
They also visited with Ken Barnes to gain some insight into the study of paleontology, hands-on style. Barnes, an old man with a long white beard, took the students to a common site notorious for dinosaur finds. While the students didn’t discover any femurs or vertebrae of the ancient monsters, they did uncover a few prehistoric bone shards.
One of the fun stops for the students included a noted and unusual place to eat in the Big Bend area. Kathy’s Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe, is a bright pink restaurant with large wire spools for tables. Don’t let the looks fool you. Inside the old trailer, seemingly held together only by the thick coat of paint, the students were served omelettes in healthy portions and warm cinnamon rolls brushed with gooey icing.
by Jason Collins.