During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday September 25: On the Road to Utah

The drive from Grand Lake to Utah took us through Steamboat Springs CO and the roadside aspens and cottonwoods were in beautiful fall color. 


Near Steamboat we stopped for a picnic lunch at Fish Creek Falls Park where we were entertained by the chipmunks. Who gave that guy a potato chip?

After lunch we hiked down to the bottom of the falls.


After leaving Fish Creek Falls we continued west into Utah and encountered the first of many dinosaurs on our route at the entrance to the Zufelt Ranch.

We soon arrived at Dinosaur National Monument and discovered the visitor center had been closed for rebuilding for 5 years and would be opening in 3 days, so we didn’t get to see any dinosaur bones.  Great timing on our part.  Anyway we proceeded into the town of Vernal where everything was dinosaur.  We stayed at the Dinosaur Inn, ate at the Dinosaur Brew Haus, etc.

The Best Western Dinosaur Inn. . .

where we were greeted by bathroom dinosaurs.
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An interesting bit of information about the Zions Bank building in Vernal is that all the bricks used in its construction were mailed through the US Post Office.  Seems it was cheaper to mail them than ship them any other way.

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