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... 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 ...
... Allosaurus skulls yet discovered, as well as the bones of Stegosaurus and Camarasaurus, amongst others.
It is funny to see how locals have jumped on the Dinosaur bandwagon. Without much else to draw tourists to the area, who can blame them. One particular town in Colorado is even called Dinosaur, and named all it's streets after different Dinosaurs.
[2230 miles on the ...
... by John Wesley Powell on his first expedition in 1869. On June 21st he wrote 'All this volume is set eddying and spinning in whirlpools, and the waters waltz through the canyon.' On earlier Green trips Whirlpool Canyon was truly swirly, but at this level the whirlpools are barely evident.
We pushed on down to everyone's favorite camp, Jones Hole. There are actually four campsites at Jones Hole, one above the beautiful Jones Hole Creek, ...
... of beautiful white birch and then back to the pines. As we were coming out of the Unita Mountains, there were signs of up to a 9% grade for the next 12 miles, and 9 switchback turns! As we were driving along, a sign announced a switchback turn coming up and underneath it was another sign "Only 4 more to go" - glad someone has a sense of humor! Once out of the mountains, it was back to the buttes and ...
... s face. There are two levels to the building so you
can see the bones across the entire hillside. On the opposite side
of the building there are plaster casts with complete sets of bones
and an entire dinosaur skeleton assembled. We drove further down the
access road into the park and the road wound slowly through rising
rock landforms. The road eventually turned to gravel and there were
pullouts with trails ...
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