This summer, four kids in northeastern Iowa were playing in a creek near their home. Wanting to deepen their swimming hole, they sought to build a small dam. In moving a stick, they uncovered quite a find -- a mastodon tooth! Much like Mark and Barry in Journeys: An Ice Age Adventure, these kids made a wonderful and unexpected connection to the Midwest's Ice Age past.
This is great on so many levels! These kids were outside interacting with nature, creating, exercising, and working together. They were rewarded with an object of wonder and a story I'm sure they will pass on to their own children and grandchildren. Good for them!
The Midwest has yielded many Ice Age relics: bones of giant bison, mammoths, mastodons, giant beavers, stag moose, saber tooth cats, the list goes on. It is a safe bet there remain untold numbers of Ice Age treasures awaiting discovery. So kids, get outside and keep your eyes open. You never know what you might find!