Wally, the Stegosaurus

Pittsfield

Massachusetts

May 2014

There are many ways to reach the top of this mountain, this Mount Greylock.  But first, you’ve got to get to the mountain.  Our drive begins at Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, Connecticut.  Thirty-two miles north of the airfield, after crossing the state line into Massachusetts, we pull off the side of the road and take a grueling 300-foot hike.  That’s 300 feet linear, not 300 feet altitude gain.  It’s actually not grueling at all, taking about two and a half minutes.  This is where we begin our adventure with the dinosaurs, or at least, dinosaur feet.

This is Dinosaur Footprints Reservation, where hundreds of impressions of various prehistoric species are preserved in sandstone.  Didja ever wonder how long your footprints will last?

Next we visit a representative of the Stegosaurus clan, the dumbest of the dinosaurs.  His name is Wally, the Stegosaurus and he lives outside the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.  Wally was named Wally in a contest, because his brain is the size of a walnut.  I’m thinking, name him Walnut.

Because of how we pronounce “walnut,” I suspect that while it isn’t, the name should be pronounced, “wawly” as in creepy “crawly” or for that matter, “walnut.”  Not “wolly” as in good “golly.”

WALLY, THE MOST FAMOUS, AND MOST BELOVED

STEGOSAURUS IN THE BERKSHIRES,

HAS BEEN STANDING GUARD OUTSIDE

THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM FOR SIXTEEN YEARS.

These words appear on a sign in front of the Museum.  It’s actually seventeen years at the time of our visit and he’s looking pretty good, don’t you think?  For a stegosaurus.

Most stegosauruses throughout history never had a name.  You doubt me?  Name three.  I dare you.  Heck, name one besides Wally.  See what I mean?

Actually there have been stegosauruses with names.  Do any of these ring a bell?  Captain Teggs, Ferructus, Squirt (which is also my niece’s nickname,) Spike, Snarl, Slugfest, Saberback, Striker, Stego and Stegz.  I think Dink, the Little Dinosaur was a stegosaur too, but I’m not sure about that. Truthfully, I’m not even sure who Dink is, but I’m sure Dink makes some impressive footprints.

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