Wednesday 31 July, 2013

Dinosaur!


Again, a beautiful summer day, no trace of the dreaded storms that have haunted the region for the last few weeks. I did have a spectacular lightning storm in the late evening that started an hour after I arrived at my hotel in Ballard. I travel east to Dinosaur National Monument. Straddling the Utah Colorado [...]


Again, a beautiful summer day, no trace of the dreaded storms that have haunted the region for the last few weeks. I did have a spectacular lightning storm in the late evening that started an hour after I arrived at my hotel in Ballard. I travel east to Dinosaur National Monument. Straddling the Utah Colorado border, the national park is home to one of the great dinosaur fossil finds in America. Many full skeletons have been removed and are on display across the country and many more are still embedded in the rocks. The main attraction is the quarry building that displays several dozen skeletons still half buried in the mountain. It’s was quite a thrill to see a complete stegosaur skeleton next to so many camarasaur skeletons that they looked like a log jam.
The trip from the Utah border down into Denver final saw the rain that was promised. After days of relative isolation in the vast emptiness of Nevada and Utah, the crush of a major metropolitan area was a bit of a shock. In my trip into town I saw a hundred times more people and cars in an hour than I had for the previous three days combined.

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