Last weekend my dad, Caleryn and me went to Dinosaur Ridge. Once we got there, all of us got out of the car to check out the store. My dad asked the store clerk where the exhibits were at. She said that they were all along the mountain in front of us. So my dad drove the car to the start of the mountain and parked it. They did have tour buses but they wouldn't allow us to get on it for some reason. After walking for only five minutes, Caleryn got tired of walking up the hill and wanted to sit on my lap and have me drive her lazy butte! I actually didn't mind it, even though it was a little hard to grab the joystick and keep a good grasp on it and hold on to her at the same time. Every time we would stop by an exhibit on the side of the road, my dad would read the info on the sign to me and Caleryn. The first favorite site to see was a hill on the side of the road that has wave marks (fossils) in the rocks. The description about it said that it used to be at the bottom of a sea; and the sign also showed a picture of how big the sea was. It looked like the United States was at one time separated in two! I think the info said that it was 68 million years ago when all of Colorado was covered with water. It's kinda weird that the highest state in the United States was once underwater. Then for the second favorite exhibit to see was the 200 million year old boulders that used to be a part of a mountain but eventually the mountain eroded away and now all you can see left from it is huge orange boulders. Then, about 90 million years ago, the modern Rocky Mountains started to form into what we see today over millions of years. We did see footprints of dinosaurs, crocodiles and other animals which was kinda neat. It was neat to see all the different layers of rock, one layer being volcanic ashe. The mountain was one time a flat beach and now it's lifted up into the air onto its side. Caleryn silently grabbed a rock from the side of the road (which you are not supposed to do) and held it in her lap. My dad didn't take the rock away from her because he didn't want her to throw a fit in front of the people walking past us. As we were heading back to the car, my chair kept on wanting to go left because the road was a little slanted. So my dad decided to push me to the bottom of the hill. Caleryn and my dad went back to the store to pick out something for me while I stayed in the car. They got me a shirt and a pin so that my dad can attach it to my mechanical chair. Caleryn was of course dying to play in the sandbox. She wanted to play in it ever since we first got there! My dad let her play in it for around ten minutes and then we left. All and all the Dinosaur Ridge was pretty cool and the thing that still astonishes me and my dad was that Colorado used to be underwater! It is just mind-blowing!
This same weekend we finally found a good place for Mexican food, which apparently is rare here, and it happened to be downtown so we got to see some sites around town. We also finally found a new church to go to for Easter services and check it out. It's a lot smaller than St. Anthony but we kinda like it and Caleryn will start going to school there as well.
My name is Cameron Broyles, I'm 16 years old and I started my blog 5 years ago when I was 11. I have paraplegic cerebral palsy and cannot communicate in a traditional fashion. I am home-schooled now but I used to go to main stream public school. My love of exploring first began with going on field trips to learn about history. I play power soccer and it's become my sport of choice! I am originally from Texas but now I live in Colorado and LOVE it! I love to travel and explore but the majority of times it is much more difficult than the average person. I want this blog to not only be my mouthpiece for my friends and family but also give some ideas and maybe light a spark for other people with disabilities to get out and explore life! I was first coerced into starting a blog from my mom and dad and I have to admit that sometimes it's not my favorite thing to do but what I love most about having a blog for these past 5 years is that it's a daily reminder of all my blessings from God and how grateful and thankful I am for everything I have in my life.