Our first real stop was at the dale á ammonites gégantes, a big black limestone slab that has 1,553 ammonites in it! From there we went to the start of our first hike, and after making pb&j sandwiches to take with us for lunch we started out to see l’ichtyosaure. Left in the rock, the fossilized dinosaur is protected under glass for those willing to hike out and find him. The trail was very nice, alternating between the very hot, dry, sunny side of a valley and the cool, damp, shady side that had tons of mushrooms all along it! We ate lunch next to our buddy the dino, watching other lizards scurry around in the warm sun (Alan said they were on a cultural history tour... ha ha).
|Alan and the ammonites|
|Isn't this a crazy mushroom?|
|Me and the ichtyosaure|
We first reached the house protecting the Andy Goldsworthy’s Vieil Esclangou, a vertical winding clay piece meant to mimic the trail we’d walked to reach that point. Windows into the house allowed us to see the art even though we couldn’t go inside.
At the top of the trail, a panoramic view of a fine piece of geology – a huge fan-shaped curve of mountain, made of layers of sandstone. The geology students we busy studying the view, and soon we left them to it to being the long hike down. Alan ran on ahead at one point to explore the ruins of an old town and was very excited to find a rust old pot lid. He wanted to take it to a museum, but decided to leave it for another exploratory hiker to enjoy.
|Alan and the Velodrome|
|Alan and his great discovery|