Sunday, July 6, 2014

These Two Girls

Mother's Day at Sherry's home was great.  I really didn't notice it, but apparently these two girls were kind of cold.  

John Foster's memorial service was held on Friday, May 9th.  Bev and I left early that morning, arriving in Boise just in time.  We stayed overnight then returned the next day.  With the speed limits being so high, 80 mph for Utah and 75 for Idaho, it is almost like a breeze to drive.  

Jean Kenny Foster and John Foster's brother (I think).

Sable Lee Tannahill (John & Jean's granddaughter)

Jean's house in Boise.

Traveling across southern Idaho can be tedious, but on this particular trip the clouds seemed to hover just above the ground.  This made for a very picturesque trip.  In this picture, a dynamic thunder storm is building over a growing crop of Idaho potatoes.

This next photo is in Huntington Canyon, Utah.  I just thought it was a great picture showing 6 geological formations (strata), representing 6 historical periods.                                                       Can you see them?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

When it comes to camping, most persons have a tendency to clown around before the trip starts.  For us, the clowning never stopped, even as we arrived at Huntington State Park and set up our camp for an "overnighter."

With that task accomplished, we made our way eastward to find some dinosaurs, and did we ever, but only after being greeted by an old Fremont Indian.

Some 20 miles of dirt road led us by the northern end of the San Rafael Swell, a magnificent outcropping, and then we finally arrived at the quarry. The sign on the open gate said that removing rocks was not allowed, but being a rock hound, I had made a metal note of the vast amounts of agates that adorn the landscape just outside the gates.  After we toured the quarry we stopped and enjoyed collecting a large variety of marble sized agates.

The quarry building itself doesn't look remarkable , but after 20 miles of dirt roads, we were glad to see it, and really, once inside we were impressed by the bathrooms, air conditioning, and impressive displays.  The kids were happy to get out of the van and run around.

The tour inside the building is self guided; however one of the keepers was more than happy to explain and answer any questions we had.  

After touring the display, we exited through the back door and found the site where some of the bones were actually excavated by professional paleontologists.

Like the Vernal quarry, this site is found in the Morrison formation, which spreads over the vast high desert of three states.  In this location Dinosaurs became entrapped in mud as they drank and hunted near a flood pond.  Unable to free themselves, they just slowly died.  

Close to the diggings is a trail-head which we took.  Happily we set forth, one foot after the other until Erin slipped.  This event ended a rather scenic hike, and ironically, the one to get injured was the teenager, not the senior citizen.  Ha ha.  

Along the trail I noticed several types of desert wild flowers, but the one that interested me the most was this sego lilly.  It was the only one I saw, and I felt lucky to have not stepped on it.

Back at the visitors center, we found this snake.  It is a Great Basin Gopher Snake, and it is not poisonous to humans, but for rodents?  They better look out.

The Morrison formation is loaded with big chunks of mud stone and sandstone. Matty shows his super strength by lifting one of them.  I have such great grandchildren, right?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Whispering Cave

After leaving Harper Corner, Joe drove us down a rather steep dirt road to a place in Dinosaur National Monument call Pool Creek.  It is here that we visited several interesting places.  I will start with the Chew ranch.    

According to the sign display, Jack Chew built this cabin in 1911.  In 1942 it burned.

 One of the Chew boys, Rial, then built this home, and today it stands vacant.  Being curious I tried all of the doors and found them locked except for the door seen below.  It opens up into a screened covered porch;  but the door to the house is locked.  After a quick inspection of the porch, I moved around the house looking through each window.  The house is largely vacant, except for the kitchen.  It is adorned with and old fridge and stove. 

While I was exploring, Mom and Joe were preparing lunch.  I know it doesn't look like much, but I'm sure I'm sure the Doritos tasted better than anything the Chew family ever ate. 

Just behind the house is a clump of trees that I thought was quite scenic against the red and white cliffs in the background. 

And on the other side of the house is the family privy.  Does anybody need a rest stop?  Haha.

A little further up the road is an interesting place called Whispering Cave.  All of us, yes even Mom, went into the cave to test it's unusual reputation.  It is about the length of half a football field.  A strong, cold wind comes from each end, and blows out at the middle where Mom is standing.  It is a natural air conditioner.   

Whispering Cave is at the bottom of the above cliff, and the photos below shows the road leading to it.

On the Chew property stand these two cabins.  I don't know their origins. 

Once again, in the town of Dinosaur, I got a photo of someone's abandoned house.  Times must have been tough for a lot of people around here.

Ah, back to Utah, finally.  If you really want to see dinosaur skeletons, you have to visit the part of the park that is in Utah.  Harpers Corner has great beauty, but no dinosaurs, and Vernal looks like the Garden of Eden compared to Dinosaur, Colorado. 

My next posting will feature a trip made to Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.  It is located in Utah, just south of Price.  I think you will really enjoy the pics I got, so check back in soon. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

They smiled the whole way

 The little town of Dinosaur plays host to the visitor center.   

All Bev needs is to get a dog and then move onto the crosswalk.  

Joe poses in along side this sign just inside the entrance gate.

After a long drive, Andy is all smiles at the Harper's Corner trail-head.  In the background is Steamboat Rock.  This is where the Green and the Yampa rivers converge.  

There are many scenic views from the trail.

The road in the valley is the one we will take later this day.

The point of convergence is hidden behind the cliff.  In order to see it, one must hike.  Oh well, maybe in my next lifetime! 

The strata of the white cliffs and the red cliffs are almost perpendicular.  This indicates major faulting during a geological time long ago.   

I understand the locals call these little green areas parks.  They really are beautiful.  

Joe and Andy blazing the trail for me.  

Steamboat Rock.  Notice the ancient oxbow circle formed by a meandering river millions of years ago.

Telescopic shot of Steamboat Rock.  The Green and the Yampa converge right behind this cliff.

The Yampa just before the convergence behind the rock.

This is one of my favorite photos.  We would soon be on this road.

Harper's Corner Trail.  Yes, they smiled the whole way.

Great picture of Steamboat Rock.

The Green River after the convergence.  

Notice the uplift of the strata.  

View of Steamboat Rock in the background.  This is one of my favorite pics, ever.