Spirit Lake Lodge
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... the trees are now large arbor vitae, and the views are of the east side of the Flaming Gorge - lovely in the hot light of sunset.
Just south of the Flaming Gorge dam, I talk to a county sheriff, who recommends 'Firefighter Memorial Campground' for the night. A spacious, clean campground, my tent site gives me pretty views of the canyon and a nice sunset.
My tent is drying out, and I hope for a clear ...
... to the river to take a boat out. Really easy and we were off in a tin boat and an outboard....brilliant! Great fun, the gorge was stunning from the water as well and the kids enjoyed getting drenched. Then back to the truck, over the dam and off to find the next campground. This one a bit of a disappointment, looked very unloved and no way of filling up with water so we decided to push on into Wyoming, get a little closer to Jackson and head for Rock ...
... me wipe all the 'pool' off with his shirt though... so I accepted his apology!
Within this area there were some beautifully coloured lizards sunbaking. I chased one and realised they are quite fast (but I must be fast too because I kept up with them until they gave up running and hid under rocks). They were a mixture of turquoise/blue and yellow.
We then walked the Devil's Kitchen trail and came to a room with a sun roof created by natural rock walls. ...
... is clear and cold, being released from Flaming Gorge Dam after turning the turbines that power much of Colorado. You can see the bottom in most places and watch the trout chase (or laugh at) your lure. It has always been one of my favorite river trips since I started coming here in the early eighties.
Barb and I are not fly fishers, so Terry rigged us up with spinning rods and jigs, The jigs were basically lead headed hooks with feathers ...
... crossed the mountain and entered Rangely, Colorado. It is a pretty little town, catering to ranchers and oil exploration companies. Quick stops for liquor and to mail a letter and we departed Colorado for Utah.
Twenty miles past the Utah border is Dinosaur National Monument. This is a paleontologists playground. The Green River's ancient forebears washed everything downstream and dinosaur bones collected at a ...