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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today started with direction issues.

Tanya told me to program 'Dinosaur' into the GPS but was then confused when we weren't being directed to Colorado National Monument... We eventually got that sorted and got to the monument.

Once there we hiked to the first pool, so the boys could swim only to find a puddle where a pool belonged. Chris threw a rock in the puddle and it splashed me which was kind of gross due to the fact it was mainly mud and bugs! He did let 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. My favourite part of the hike was getting back from the Kitchen, we just climbed down the edge, I love climbing around rocks. I didn't realise how much until moments like this and of course, writing about it helps remind me of how much I love doing that! Tanya decided it was best to drive around the rest of the monument and along the way she saw a door in a rock wall. We didn't believe her when we couldn't find it but we did find a cave. Chris and I explored the cave and discovered it was actually a drain which meant we'd been crawling around in a drain! Tanya walked back around on the road and saw the door she'd stopped for. Chris and I explored once more and discovered it was also a drain. Once again we were crawling around in a drain! Neither of us regretted exploring the 'caves' though because it had been surprisingly fun despite the outcome of finding out we were drain diving!

We headed to Dinosaur National Monument where we boarded a shuttle bus to go see a wall of dinosaur bones stuck in rocks. It was a result of a flash flood and these dinosaurs were the dinosaurs which had died and ended up at the bottom of the dam!

I would have likes to do a hike but Tanya said it was too hot.

Dillon was insistent on swimming in the nearby river and chose a sandy beach area right next to the road. It was a somewhat gross location. I decided to explore a little and started walking through the scrub. I found a really comfortable cushion I considered taking to the beach to sit on but instead decided to continue exploring. I crossed a fence into a farmer's property (cue fear of US farmer shooting me for being on his ranch)... no cows though so that made my chances of survival better!

I found these strange fluffy flowers which intrigued me and then stumbled across some cow remains. The bones were clean and the skull intact for the most part, the skin was hardened. I came out of the property at the far end of the sandy area, a much cleaner and prettier area than the one they were swimming in. I sat there and watched about 20-30 good sized fish swimming around, my own personal aquarium. I wished I had a fishing rod cause it would have been awesome to catch one. I was told it was time to go, ran back through the farm and bush scaring field mice and getting cotton all over my pants.

It wasn't time to go as it turned out cause the boys were still swimming and Tanya and Joy were still sunbaking so I had a chat with this guy who was training his dogs for duck hunting and I got to pat his puppy (all sick minded folks can move on without commenting thank you!) named Cricket.

Then it was time to go...

[PS. I am currently updating this blog while in a Coyote Ugly Saloon in Denver... you've got to respect the effort in not getting distracted don't you? For that reason, I will upload photos later...]
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