About three million fossils of extinct Pleistocene ice age plants and mammals have been excavated from the tar pits since the early 20th century. Natural asphalt still bubbles up to the surface, so you have to watch where you step around the park grounds, especially on a warm day, or your shoes end up a mess. I have no idea what one might use to clean tar off little paws, so we were extra vigilant.
The place wasn’t too crowded, and Lomax did fairly well…at least until he spotted people walking other dogs in the park. Dog distraction is still our biggest challenge, though nowadays unless the dog comes right up to him, it’s easier to get his attention back. Regardless, he was calm and collected during the educational film, and he didn’t seem at all bothered by the ancient bones of hulking mammoths and the like (you just never know what’s going to freak a dog out).
The above photo shows my little man posing in front of an “antique bison.” What you don’t know is that it was a whole bison…until Lomax terminated it. Click on the photo if you don’t believe me! I’ve told him he should be careful about showing his crazy sci-fi eyeballs in public, but whaddayagonna do.