Saturday, July 11, 2009
Dinosaurs to rocks - another great day of touring Utah. Our two dino stops were the Eastern Utah College museum in Price, and the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale. We skipped 9 Mile Canyon because of tiredness & time, and a good thing we did, since we spent 3 hours going thru Capitol Reef (wow!).
Surprises of the day - canyons - between Duchesne and Price, I-70 & Fremont, each topped with a 9000' pass. Indian lands - Uintah & Ouray (Northen Ute). Deep coal mines (Carbon County, duh!), "Scones" at a pizza place in Castle Dale (reminded me of sopapillas with honey & powdered sugar). Don't eat at Casa Rio in Vernal (don't ask why) - matter of fact, skip Mexican in northern Utah/Colorado.
The weather was partly cloudy, which made for some interesting photography. We keep trying to reproduce the red rock & spectacular clouds we took in '02 (see our 2002 shots).
Tomorrow the big attraction is Bryce Canyon. We'll try to stop at some state parks - Petrified Forest, Kodachrome Basin & Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Tomorrow night is Kanab. Today we did 260 miles.