Before we left on the 4 month adventure, we all had opportunity to say what places we really wanted to see. Well, this was Howies……Dinosaur Land!
To get here from Jackson Hole, we passed through some interesting country – some of which had steep and curvy roads!
We actually followed right along the Oregon Trail for miles and miles.
We made it to Vernal, Utah where the Dinosaur National Monument is located. This town is small but it definitely wins for most beautiful flowers! The streets are lined with full beautiful hanging baskets and planters.
One day, Howie and Larry went to the Utah Natural History State Park museum while Marj and I did a little shopping. That night we had a huge wind storm that howled through the night – a very frightening thing when you’re in an oversized canned ham tin! We had planned to go to the Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Exhibit Hall that morning, then leave for Ouray, Colorado. We received word that Ouray was getting 8-12 inches of snow that day, so we went to the Quarry, planning to stay another night in Vernal.
The Exhibit Hall was built right into the quarry wall where excavation was done. This gives the viewers a complete idea of what it was like to find and remove the bone fossils.
Inside the two stories revealed the entire quarry wall. It was very well done.
When we went to leave the quarry, the wind had picked up even more and snow was predicted to hit Vernal later that day. We did not want to be stuck in Vernal for an indefinite amount of time so we decided to head for Grand Junction, half way to Ouray. Going was slow as we found ourselves in the mountains, in the middle of a snow storm. The guys did great driving and when we got to Grand Junction, the weather had improved so we continued on to Ouray. We arrived safely, thankful that we had made the right choices and settled in for the night. You can see how the weather progressively worsened.
It was SO good to get to Ouray. We snuggled in as we were all pretty exhausted.
Remember….not all trails are always HAPPY TRAILS! Sometimes, they’re a bit scary.