Showing posts from July, 2012

July 26-29, 2012 – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, UT (continued)

Thursday we spent most of the day relaxing at the 5th wheel and getting caught up on some chores.  After lunch we took a tour of the Flaming Gorge Dam.   Construction of Flaming Gorge Dam, as part of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), began in June 1958 with the last bucket of concrete placed on November 15, 1962.   On December 10, 1962, the waters of the Green River began filling the reservoir behind Flaming Gorge Dam and nearly a year later on September 27, 1963, President John F. Kennedy initiated the first power generation at Flaming Gorge Power plant. President Kennedy agreed to return the next year to dedicate the dam, but as we all know, he was assassinated a few weeks later. The dam was dedicated on August 17, 1964, by First Lady, Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.  The power plant is now operated by Western Area Power Authority and the electricity generated is used by the Western states.  We were fortunate to be the only people on this tour so we got a more personal tour w…

July 25, 2012 – Dinosaur National Monument, Utah/Colorado

Our refrigerator is empty and the cupboards are getting bare so we headed to Vernal, UT on Wednesday morning to go grocery shopping.  Before we went shopping we drove to Dinosaur National Monument which is along the Colorado/Utah border East of Vernal.   Our first stop was at the Quarry Visitor Center where we boarded a shuttle that took us to the Quarry Exhibit Hall.  Paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered and began excavating fossils at the quarry for the Carnegie Museum in 1909.   Dinosaur National Monument was established in 1915 to preserve the quarry.  The Quarry Exhibit Hall is built around the quarry which displays many of the fossils found here (some still remain where they were found).

The display of fossils found in the quarry was very impressive.

After taking the shuttle back to the Quarry Visitor Center we drove on the Cub Creek Road and followed the Tour of the Tilted Rocks.  The Green River cuts through Split Mountain here instead of going around it.  

After driving thr…

July 20-24, 2012 – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah

We left Jack’s Gulch Campground on Friday morning and drove as far as Jensen, UT where we spent the night at the Outlaw RV Park.  This park is basically hookups in a gravel parking lot and the sights are really close together. The park has mostly long term residents who look like they are oil field workers - we are glad we are only spending the night here.

We arrived at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area late Saturday morning and are staying at Pine Forest Park which is one of our membership parks with Camper World.  This is a very nice RV park with large, grassy sites and shade trees.

The weather here is wonderful, in the mid 80’s during the day, much cooler than we had in Loveland.  Like all of the Southwest it is very dry here and there is a fire ban in effect.  There is a Forest Service trail behind the campground that leads to a cliff overlooking Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

The trail is 2.5 miles round trip so it makes for a great morning and/or evening hike.  Camille and Cody l…

July 16-19, 2012 - Jacks Gulch Campground, Poudre Canyon, CO

We left Loveland on Monday and headed up the Poudre Canyon where we were able to see the devastation from the High Park fire.   It has been about 4 years since we were in the Poudre Canyon and it made us heartsick to see it burned.  We camped at Jack’s Gulch, a Forest Service campground along the Pingree Park Road, our favorite campground when we were living in Ft. Collins.   The High Park fire was stopped here at the Pingree Park Road, so the downhill side of the road was burned and the uphill side was not – what a contrast.
We were happy to find that Jack’s Gulch Campground had not been harmed by the fire but were dismayed at the amount of damage done to the trees by the pine bark beetle.   Many of the dead trees had been removed and they have sprayed most of the remaining trees.  The Forest Service has also planted hundreds of tiny trees, but it will take a long time for them to get big.  We noticed a lot of large trees had fallen over and the campground hosts told us that they had…

June 27 – July 15, 2012 – Loveland/Ft. Collins, Colorado