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Sep 24, 2017 - Vernal, UT

Our last visit in Vernal was to a museum with a very long name, Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum (also Vernal's Visitor Center). A giant Diplodocus met us at the check in desk (all 90' of him, from nose to tail tip) and we wandered through the museum's rock wall of fossils, explored the Jurassic Gallery and life 145 million years ago. My favorite was historical reenactment; a Stegosaurus standing tall, next to an Allosaurus devouring an unfortunate Halopcauthosaurus. I never pass a chance to touch fossilized dino bones...

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Fall 2017

Sep 23, 2017 - Vernal, UT

We used an NP auto guidebook for the 24 mile Cub Creek Road tour of the titled rocks. The first stop was Swelter Shelter, one of the monument's oldest sites of human habitation. Stone tools found were up to 7,000 years old (Desert Archaic culture). Not much of a shelter really, 2 shallow caves. People from the Freemont culture made the petroglyphs here on the cliff walls one thousand years ago. It takes a great deal of time to scratch/carve the dark desert varnish off the surface of the cliff face to make rock art, conclusion: the people...

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Fall 2017

Sep 22, 2017 - Vernal, UT

Vernal, Utah (in Uintah Basin in NE of state bordering Colorado) Population 10,844 Elevation 5,400' Median home price $150,000 Vernal, unlike most towns in Utah, was not settled by Mormons as Brigham Young's 1861 scouting party reported the area was good for nothing but nomadic purposes. The same year President Lincoln set the area aside as the Uintah Indian Reservation. Eight years later settlers built homes along Ashley Creek. Vernal's economy is based on extracting natural resources and tourism. In 1909 Earl Douglass, a noted...

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Fall 2017

Sep 16, 2016 - Rocks and Fossils

Robin installed the new ignition switch first thing in the morning. It worked all day without a problem! In the evening he even changed the key barrel so that we could use the keys we already had. Thank you to Alan and Jan for bringing the new one to the USA. We set off through beautiful scenery for some time. We followed the snakerRiver and Saw the Palisades Reservoir. Two towns of interest were Smoot population 195 and Bloomington population 206. I wonder how often they count. We passed some signs of earlier habitation including an old...

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Jun 8, 2016 - Steinaker State Park - Vernal, UT

/// Steinaker State Park Vernal, UT Wednesday – June 8, 2016 A Travel Day: We got an earlier than expected start today. Breaking camp in Green River was routine but with it being warm and humid the mosquitoes were out and they kept me moving. After a quick stop at the dump station we were on the road by 9:30 am. Our route today would take us north on US 6 & 191. The first leg of todays trip was to Price, UT and it was rather boring drive and not very scenic. The road conditions were okay but the traffic was heavier than I expected. There...

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Aug 16, 2015 - Back to Utah

We left Rock Springs pretty early and topped off our diesel at the Flying J there. Then, we headed south on the Flaming Gorge Scenic Byway. This was a beautiful drive with lots of steep ascents and descents; kept the driver on his toes. Since we were in no hurry, we made several stops at the scenic overlooks and stopped for lunch at the dam overlook. From there, we still had lots of grades ahead but we persevered and finally dropped down into Vernal, UT, our home for the next three nights at the KOA.

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Summer 2015 & Beyond

Aug 6, 2015 - Day 30

Dinosaurs live in Vernal, Utah. Vernal is in eastern Utah, a few miles from Dinosaur National Monument, where one of the largest concentrations of fossiled dino bones was discovered in 1909. The national monument was established in 1915. The town makes a living off the dinosaur tourist trade. We pulled into Vernal by mid-afternoon after driving across the Great Salt basin and through Salt Lake City. The Great Salt basin was impressive, miles and miles of salt flats. The speed limit was 80 mph, 80 on 80. First time I have seen a speed limit...

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Lay of the land

Jun 15, 2015 - Day 23 June 15 2015 Steamboat Springs CO to Venal UT

Day 23 June 15 2015 Streamboat Springs CO to Naples UT The day started off with 46 degrees and ended with 79 degrees and chance of thunder storms. Used our little trusty portable heater again to warm up. Actually last night I woke up a bit chilled so I got the comforter out and placed it across us and fell back to sleep. We headed for Dinosaurland just inside Utah. Leona has been there numerous times, this was my first. It’s interesting and free with my senior card. They have a free shuttle from the visitors center to the monument up the...

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Born Free

Sep 14, 2014 - Vernal, UT

September 14, 2014 This is the second night that either the smoke alarm or CO2 alarm went off. (Too groggy to figure out which!) The night before last it went off three times until we finally opened a window. The first night we thought it might have been from camp fires but there were none last night. Tonight we will turn off the propane to see if that might have an impact. As we drove east from Vernal to Jensen we could see that Vernal has clearing emerged into a fracking center and does not have to rely upon dinosaurs and livestock so...

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Sep 13, 2014 - Heber City to Vernal, UT

September 13, 2014 Bob got pancakes as a treat this morning before we hiked about Jordanelle State Park. The park has wonderful amenities. The sites are large spacious cement pads with regional vegetation, very large fire pits with equipment for hanging Dutch ovens and very new picnic tables. We had a very nice view of the reservoir. The grounds are well manicured and have many picnic areas, beaches, marina, amphitheater as well as pavilions. Fall color was just starting (not sure what trees turns orange) but the Aspens that usually turn...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Dinosaur National Monument

The Quarry building at Dinosaur National Monument is built into the ridge where 20 entire dinosaur skeletons have been dug out from 1905 to 1991. The third layer of bones has been left intact for the public to see how dinosaur bones are found. What is amazing is the amount and quality of the bones that have been left in place. The building is amazing - it was the dream of the original archeologist, built in the 1950s, but developed cracks in 2006 and was closed until 2011 when it opened rebuilt and improved. The exhibits are outstanding,...

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2014 Western Trip

Jul 23, 2014 - Heritage Museum and War Memorial

Western Heritage Museum County War Memorial Then scroll to the top and Select "UINTAH COUNTY COLLECTION"

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