Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Vernal
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Day 8: Today we started in Grand Lake, Colorado, and traveled 250 miles to Vernal, Utah. We saw an ever changing terrain as we crossed Colorado. We left the Rockies behind and followed Hwy. 40 west. The road is paralleled by the Colorado River and bordered by lush rolling hills, for a while anyway. There were many blighted fir trees due to the …
... gallery, a black light room with fluorescing rock display, maps and a movie about the process of extracting fossils which makes this museum a very informative stop for anyone even remotely interested in dinosaurs. There were a large number on dinosaurs in this particular area of Utah 150 million years ago because there was a huge lake in the area with meandering rivers flowing into and out of ...
... was cooking the bacon he remembered (quickly) why he doesn't like to cook bacon on the river - too much grease to deal with! Thankfully we had an empty can from last night's dinner, so he kept draining the griddle into that, but it was still a mess. Even so, it made several of us remember one of our dear, departed rafting friends, Kim, who was famous for her bacon for river breakfasts. As we chatted we all realized that quite a bit of the trip ...
... brought up to the shade, and we dined well, as usual.
After a bit of a post-lunch snooze we pushed on around the far side of Steamboat Rock and into Whirlpool Canyon. In this area we began to get rocks which were suddenly (aeons ago) thrust up vertically. In some places they would be virtually swirly. It makes one wonder what intense pressure caused these upheavals when the mountains were formed.
Most, if not all of the geography ...
... to Hell's Canyon" - Yikees!!! We just drove slowly and made it just fine.
Once we left the pines of the Black Hills behind and entered Wyoming, the scenery turned into the traditional desert - low sage brush and miles and miles of sand. Most of this part of Wyoming was like that, but when we entered the Unita Mountains in Utah, the pine trees were back. Then they disappeared and there were miles ...
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