Getting Back To Theropod Thursday - Dec. 27, 2018

Well, it’s about time that we get back to some regular posts. I’m not going to lie: the last few months have been a new kind of hectic. But it’s my goal to get back to regular - meaning no less than once a week - posts on the site, as well as finally getting the video editing off of the ground. So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Joyous Coming New Year. With the holiday spirit still alive and well, I have to present a photo of the Field Museum’s T. rex, Sue, from two years ago. I was fortunate to visit the Field while on a work assignment, and found that, decorated for the holidays, the museum is even more awe-inspiring. It kinda stuck with me, so I have been getting as much mileage as I can out of the holiday photos.

In a scene that probably won’t ever be repeated, FMNH PR-2081, better known as “Sue” basks in the holiday lighting in the Great Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, back in December of 2016. On Dec. 21 of this year, Sue got their own new accommodations, along with a major update to the presentation, reflecting the things that have been learned since the specimen first went on display nearly 20 years ago.

In a scene that probably won’t ever be repeated, FMNH PR-2081, better known as “Sue” basks in the holiday lighting in the Great Hall at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, back in December of 2016. On Dec. 21 of this year, Sue got their own new accommodations, along with a major update to the presentation, reflecting the things that have been learned since the specimen first went on display nearly 20 years ago.

2018 has been the most trying and difficult year I’ve had personally in over a decade. We’ve kind of downplayed it here, but the job change, relocation, and other chaos has really been stressful. But that’s all over with. 2019 is potentially a big year for us, and Sue is on our minds as a result. Earlier in the month, we launched an unsuccessful fund-raiser to try and get to Chicago for Sue’s unveiling at the field. While we weren’t successful, it did serve as a reminder that we needed to get back to posting regularly, and that there was at least an interest in the coverage. So expect to see an uptick in the maintenance to the site and blog, which are long overdue.

2019 is another, even more important milestone for us: When we started the T.rex Road Trip project, the idea was formed around planning for a trip to the Smithsonian for the unveiling of the Nations’ rex and their new dinosaur hall. We now know the date for that unveiling: June 8, 2019. While the scope and scale of the project has changed dramatically in the little over two years since we started down this path, the Road Trip part of our name has always been, at least in spirit, about going to the Smithsonian.

So now we’re just trying to figure out how and when we’ll make that trip, and what our itinerary might be along the way. The personal chaos of 2018 is behind us, and we’ve got a great opportunity to continue to focus on making T.rex Road Trip the online force that we’d envisioned it would be. Look for more updates as we post a lot more to the site, and decide what our big 2019 T.rex Road Trip will entail. And, as always, thanks to all of you for coming along for the ride.