Halloween is right around the corner, and you're jonesing for a bone-chilling graveyard adventure. Or maybe you've seen Jurassic World one too many times, and you've got nothing but dinosaurs on the brain. Either way, A Broad Abroad star Paula Froelich's adventure to a dinosaur graveyard in Mongolia is something you kind of have to see for yourself. It doesn't get much creepier (or more fascinating) than this.
During a recent trip to Mongolia (which included learning how to milk a camel, and downing vodka with locals, by the way), Froelich, editor-in-chief at Yahoo! Travel, made a pitstop at Byanazag, a famous excavation site also known as Flaming Cliffs, thanks to its Badlands-esque geography. As Froelich points out, this particular site is of special significance to the archaeological community — it's where American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews discovered dinosaur eggs in the 1920s, thereby proving that dinosaurs were reptiles. Located in the Gobi Dessert, the Flaming Cliffs continues to be a treasure trove for discoveries today. If you're looking to get your hands on some pre-historic dino bones, this is the place to be.
And that's exactly what Froelich did. Accompanied by a Mongolian guide from Intrepid Travel, Froelich got an up-close look at one of the world's most famous dinosaur "graveyards," and even had a chance to examine what were possibly ancient dinosaur bones herself. (Pro tip: To determine if something is a bone or just a rock, you simply have to lick it. If it's a bone, your tongue will stick. If it's a rock, it won't — gross.)
Of course, if you do find a bone, you can't just take it home with you as a cool souvenir — you have to report it to either a museum, or the government. But it still makes for a pretty awesome adventure:
At any rate, it definitely beats a trip to the museum, am I right?
For more of Froelich's adventures, check out A Broad Abroad on Yahoo! Travel.