8/14/05 thru 9/17/05

9/17/05: From Flaming Gorge we headed south to Dinosaur National Monument where we stayed at the Green River Campground (see photo right). While there we enjoyed several long and short walks through some truly amazing geological formations.

In addition, the quarry where they have uncovered numerous dinosaur bones proved to be amazing. We also spent a day traveling to the eastern end of Dinosaur in Colorado. Not many fossils in this end but some magnificent views. We drove down the "not recommended for passenger cars" road to Echo Park where the Green and Yampa River merge. The photos below show some of the great "stuff" at Dinosaur.

Green River Campground

Quarry Bones

Split Mountain

Green River Canyon

More Quarry Bones

Desert Voices Trail

Steamboat Rock & Echo Park

Red Canyon/Green River

Red Canyon/Green River

9/14/05: We left Idaho this morning and traveled on to Flaming Gorge, Utah where we are camped at the Canyon Rim Campground literally on the rim of Flaming Gorge. The area is appropriately named as the canyon here is full of red rock formations. There are two herds of bighorn sheep and a few deer wandering around the campground.

Was stopped by a Utah trooper and issued a warning for exceeding the speed limit - nice officer!


9/11/05: From Craters of the moon we headed southeast to Montpelier, Idaho. We traveled US 30 from Pocatello and found it a very easy route to drive and it actually cuts off several miles when heading to Green River, Wyoming. Lots of trucks using this route as a shortcut as well. Not very many hills to slow you down so the trucks are really not an issue.

9/8/05: From Rombo we traveled south into Idaho and on to Craters of the Moon National Monument. This is quite an interesting place with a wide variety of lava formations throughout the park. There is even a nice campground nestled in among the lava outcroppings.

We took the loop drive through the park and stopped at all of the points of interest. We walked most of the trails to see the "neat" things like spatter cones, tree molds and lava tubes. Was quite hot walking around on all that black lava but very much worth the effort. Even walked to the top of a cinder cone that provides a 360 view of the lava fields.

Tree Mold

Lava Tube Broken Roof

View From Broken Top Loop Trail

Moose Cow & Calf

8/31/05: From Kettle Falls we headed east into the Idaho panhandle and then south into Montana stopping for one night along Trout Creek near Superior. We could not fit into the campground so camped at a dispersed area just up the road from the Trout Creek campground.

From there we continued on to Missoula and then south on US 93 to the Rombo Forest Service campground about 20 miles southwest of Darby, Montana. Very nice campground with a great host. It is located on the banks of the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. Even had a cow moose and calf in camp several times. Ended up being a very nice place to spend Labor Day weekend. Several forest fires in the area did make for a smoky environment.

8/29/05: From Lyons Cove we continued north to Kettle Falls where we camped in the driveway of our friends Al & Jeanie for nearly two weeks. While there Al and I did a fair amount of fishing on Lake Roosevelt. Caught some very nice walleye and a couple of nice rainbow trout (one 19 inches and 5 pounds!). Some VERY nice country in this part of Washington with lots of wildlife around.

You can bet we will return to this area in future years!

The Gorge on Lake Roosevelt

Len & Five Pound Rainbow

8/14/05: We left Magone Lake this morning after three and a half months as hosts. Sure is nice being able to go elsewhere and see some new country. We traveled north to Walla Walla, Washington where we stopped for lunch with Betty Jo, the former Magone host. From there we continued on to Lyons Cove on the Snake River near Starbuck where we will stay for three days of recuperation and rest.