|Thanks Paul - no more chips and a clean windshield!|
With the memorial service scheduled for the 25th in Fresno, California, we have a few options. I opt to reroute us back to SoCal after our next stop which means we won't need to return there in November as planned. It saves us making an extra drive from Tombstone to Valencia and back (my least favorite route in the country).
|Taylor Mountain Road is a surprise with lots of wide open space.|
|The Aspen forest glows green.|
|Down Taylor Mountain Road we find more color.|
|The cliffs at Dry Fork Canyon are stunning.|
|Don't know when it fell, or what stopped it, but I get out from under it quickly!|
Our final day we're happy to see the anticipated rain. It's forecast to end mid-day, but hangs around until after 5:00. We still spend the afternoon back at Dinosaur National Monument. Sadly the section of the park with the petroglyphs and Josie's Ranch is closed this time. We also don't return to the bone quarry. Now I'm really bummed I deleted those photos :-(
|The rain enhances some colors while muting others.|
|Slow moving clouds change the landscape.|
|Rock varnish on the cliffs over Green River.|
|Green layers above the dark purple and red.|
|Red dirt road to Blue Mountain - we're in four-wheel-drive low to get through the slippery mud.|
This visit to Vernal confirms what we thought last time - it's a special place with lots to do and see. The people are especially friendly and helpful. Every service we need is here although it could use better eateries. Next time we'll come for a few weeks!!
|Gotta love a place with a pink dinosaur!|
Although we'll change our route to return south next week, we have one more stop we want to make to catch up with one of my best friends from high school (no, we still haven't seen all of them yet!).