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 …
... finished the tour with a walk through the dinosaur garden to view the life-sized replicas of many previously living creatures.
Dinosaur National Monument was next on our schedule. The first entrance is about 20 miles east of Vernal. Our trailer needed some professional attention so I sent Darlene, Larry and Kathy on while I investigated our problem.
Dinosaur National Monument ...
... in this section of the river that we really must leave early.
The exit of Whirlpool Canyon is as dramatic as its entrance, with the huge curved mountain cut through by the river, but then all of the sudden we are in the almost flat Island Park. The river widens, and sandbars abound. It is a challenge to decide which channel to take. Over seven miles of seemingly endless flat water we had only a few short sections of sand bars which we had ...
... to go on up to 'Butt Plug Falls,' a spot where a smaller creek creates a pool of water up in a rock formation. It normally just trickles down the rocks, but if someone sits in the pool, plugging the opening, and then stands up the water cascades down the rocks, cooling the other hikers below. Sounds like a fun spot to visit!
For our dinner I chose an Indian meal beginning with four chutneys, coconut, beetroot, zucchini and red bell pepper ...
... We plan a day of swimming and fishing but rain begins to fall and though we get some ball playing, dog walking and frisbee throwing in between the rain and the sun, swimming and fishing is put off to another day. The tone of the day changed from outdoors to inward and the change was welcome.
I caught up here (on the computer) and got to speak with a friend. Katie practiced guitar and she and ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking