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Sep 7, 2017 - Flaming Gorge UT

Fairly short drive to Flaming Gorge on WY530. Good road even though it runs through hill and dale. However the smoke is still bad. A Loop, recommended by Sally had several good sites and one easy back-in with a view of the lake out the side windows. In 1869, explorer John Wesley Powell took his first boat trip down the Green and Colorado rivers. Powell described the canyon as "a flaring, brilliant, red gorge that may be seen from the north a score of miles away,” and named it Flaming Gorge. We decided to do to the Sheep Creek Scenic Byway...

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The Summer of 2017

May 5, 2017 - Flaming Gorge - Finally!

Yep, Utah is pretty amazing. Though Dinosaur National Monument laps over into Colorado, and Flaming Gorge begins in Wyoming, Utah just had to insist that portions were also in their state. You'll see areas in my photos along the Sheep Creek Geological Area loop (in Utah) where dinosaur fossils from the Jurassic and Triassic eras have been found. Incredible country. En route to see the gorge, I would not have taken that loop if the KOA owner of my park had not insisted. It was truly a breathtaking ride...and not just because it climbed to...

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May 4, 2017 - Salt, badlands and Other Utah Phenomena

Another good day of driving. The park was not very nice in Wells, but it was one of two one-night stands I have on this trip, so cheap was the priority. Almost as soon as you reach the Utah state line, the ground turns white. The Bonneville Salt Flats seemed to be shallow lakes there was so much water. The white, though, stretched for miles. I drove this highway en route to Adventureland in 2013 and it was snowing and almost blizzard conditions. When I got to my destination that day in Evanston, WY, my electrical management system gave out...

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Sep 4, 2016 - Road Weary

September 4, 2016 Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (Utah) After Friday morning’s breakfast at the Cowboy Café I visited the Big Horn Sheep Interpretive Center which was small but interesting. It is adjacent to the City Park where I discovered a beautiful paved trail that meanders along the Wind River so I walked two miles before heading out. Dubois is a cool little town. It was a fairly easy drive to Raspberry deLight Farm south of Shoshoni. I took Wanda at a snail’s pace down the 2-mile gravel road but that gave me a chance to enjoy...

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Born to Wanda

Aug 13, 2015 - Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway, Reservoir and Dam

We rode this area several years ago when on an all motorcycle group ride, and always wanted to return for another visit. It did not disappoint! "The Flaming Gorge NRA is located in the northeast corner of Utah and the southwest corner of Wyoming. It is South of I-80, between Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming and extends into the Uintah Mountains towards Vernal, Utah. The area is a mixture of climate, topography, and recreation opportunities well suited to a variety of summer and winter interests."

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Aug 22, 2014 - Flaming Gorge

The Flaming Gorge Dam is a concrete thin-arch dam on the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, in northern Utah. Flaming Gorge Dam forms the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which extends 91 miles into southern Wyoming, submerging four distinct gorges of the Green River. The dam is a major component of the Colorado River Storage Project, which stores and distributes upper Colorado River Basin water. The dam takes its name from a nearby section of the Green River canyon, named by John Wesley Powell in 1869. It was built by the U.S....

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2014 RV Adventure

Jun 4, 2014 - Day Trip: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, UT

Today is a bonus day. We resign ourselves to the fact that we are not going fishing. How will we entertain ourselves today? The Sheep Creek Geological Loop is near Manila. We leave the campground and turn again onto Route 44. We do not know what we will find. The Geological Loop is a wonderful road that follows Sheep Creek through a canyon. I am reminded of Zion National Park. Okay, we are following a creek and not a river but it is beautiful. Instead of getting on and off a shuttle bus, we are on our motorcycle. We can stop whenever we...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Flaming Gorge Wyoming/Utah

Sept 20,2013 – Flaming Gorge Wyoming/Utah Upon arriving at the free camping area in the Flaming Gorge I couldn't help but hear this odd buzzing noise every-time I was out of the RV. I didn't know if I had parked on a killer bee hive (sorry, to be politically correct they are now known as misunderstood aggressive bees). The next morning I took Buddy for a hike along the water and every-time we were near the only plants in the area the buzzing noise was back. I looked above the bushes and there were probably tens of thousands of flying...

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Jul 25, 2013 - July 22 - 27

July 22-25 - We got off early Monday morning and drove south through Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Jackson Hole and ended up north of Thayne, WY. We stayed at Star Valley Ranch RV Resort. It is another of the member parks of Coast to Coast. It is 45 miles south of Jackson Hole and sits in a wide valley between Bridger National Forest in the Bridger-Teton mountain Range and the Targhee Mountain Range. It's a very scenic site for an RV park. This one has a lot of ownership lots and is actively selling lots. There is a 18 hole golf course in...

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The Great RV Caper

Jun 12, 2013 - Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

June 12, 2013 – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area We spent the last three days at Flaming Gorge. This is a beautiful place and at least during the week, is not at all crowded at least in the southern half where we are. There are many areas of disbursed camping which means that people drag their campers, boats, ski-dos and ATVs out along the criss-cross of forest service roads in the desert. It also means, though, that you can “off road” just about anywhere there is a dirt road. Monday, we planned to go kayaking but it was so windy that...

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Aug 11, 2012 - Flaming Gorge exploration

Today we spent the day exploring Flaming Gorge by going to Sheep Creek Canyon. Very impressive rock formations and a great climb up the mountain. We tried our luck at Browne Lake high in the mountains, and found some small brookie trout and I mean small, like fingerlings !!! It was fun trying to catch the little devils. Enjoyed the day, back to home for BBQ chicken on the grill and as usual it was delicious.

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Aug 10, 2012 - Flaming Gorge & Dinosaur Park

Heading to Flaming Gorge, Utah and visiting Dinosaur Park en route. The Park was interesting and had changed significantly since our last visit, we think about 30 years ago !!! The drive over the pass at Flaming Gorge was the worse we've ever done and probably won't do it again. It was 8% grades up and down and up and down and we were both worn out by the time we got to Manila Utah on the West side of the Flaming Gorge. We were grateful we didn't have to go back over the pass again !!!

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