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Leaving the high, snowy mountains for the high plains and canyons.

No snow storm today. There were big patches of winter snow still...

Roses at the Dinosaur Nat'l Monument Visitor Center, Dinosaur, Colorado.

Beautiful canyons in eastern Utah.


Puddles are irresistible.

Boys will be boys.

View from campground--Green River Campground in Dinosaur Nat'l Monument, Utah.

Can't resist these views.

The Green River isn't so green! It's muddy and swift. The campground...

This is the way to end the day.

Campfire and chocolate chip cookies. No s'mores! Notice everyone is wrapped up.

We were on the road about six hours today, with only stops for lunch, bathroom, and the visitor's center of Dinosaur National Monument.

The boys entertained themselves by drawing, and Tanner telling stories he was "inventing" off the top of his head. They giggled and laughed all through the day.

We climbed to the top of Rabbit Ears Summit, a spot on the Continental Divide, and then down to the other side. There were periods of rain showers most of the day. The closer we got to Utah the more the terrain changed. We are now in high plains and canyons.

We saw pronghorn antelope and herds of several hundred sheep and the sheepherders on horseback.

We stopped at the temporary location of the Visitor's Center of Dinosaur National Monument. The only display of dinosaur bones is housed at a building at the quarry. There is a 32 mile drive through loop through the federal lands, and a couple of trails. The original visitor's center that we remember has been deemed "unsafe" and closed. That VC was built over a massive dinosaur dig and visitors could walk around and see the bones in the ground/hillside as well as other displays.

We are parked at the Green River campground which is a part of the Nat'l Monument. This is a beautiful location. No hook ups, but we can make it a couple of days. No air conditioning needed. It was 41 degrees when we got up this morning, and I don't think it made it out of the sixties today. In fact Brady asked for heat tonight before he went to bed.

The campground is beside the Green River, which is muddy and swift. The rain from the last few days has added to the snow melt in the river.

Even out here, ten miles from the nearest little town (Jensen), and 25 miles from the slightly larger town of Vernal, there is cell phone service and the Verizon air card is supplying fast internet service. There are no street lights...It's DARK outside, and super quiet. The stars were beginning to sparkle as we were coming in from the campfire.

It had just quit raining when we got here. You can see how the boys enjoyed the puddles! There are geology students from Baylor University (yea, Jim and Sandy) at the other end of the campground; all in "one man" tents. The boys, riding bikes, and I, walking, were there when the students came in from their field trip and they started clearing out their wet tents, sleeping bags, and duffle bags. Made me appreciate my "home" even more!!!!

We are going exploring tomorrow! Who knows what we will find or where we will go.

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