Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fossil Dig, Sandhill Cranes, WY

We did a lot in our 2 week stay in the northern area of Flaming Gorge,  southern WY.  I won't be covering it all but here are a few more things we saw/did:

We pulled over one day while headed somewhere to watch a couple of cowgirls rounding up their herd:


Some of the cattle were a bit stubborn and did not really care how long we had to wait for them to move across the road.  Actually looks like they are blocking us on purpose , doesn't it??;)




 We had to go to a fossil quarry to see if we could unearth an ancient fish fossil or two.  There are a few privately owned quarries in the state and you can go and dig, for a price, by the hour and keep all you find.  They guarantee you will find something.
American Fossil Quarry

these guys are doing the big stuff....
 We hammered away on small pieces that were manageable for us.  Note one of Mike's finds laying in front of him:

this is one I uncovered!!

we took home 8 pretty nice looking fossils, to think they are 50-100 million years old!!!


We also stopped by for a visit to Fossil Butte National Monument but you don't really see fossils in the ground here as they are left in the rock for preservation.  You can see castings of many that had been removed previously before the area became a monument.
some of the amazing castings on display at the monument, most of the actual fossils are in private collections


We had to make a short stop in the town of Kemerer and poke our heads into the original J C Penney
store


nice to be back in color rock country!

caught this amazing pic of 2 sandhill cranes in a field, one with a vole in its beak!


 A nice hike on Ute Mountain took us up to a fire tower, no longer used but open to visitors:

 The views from the fire tower were just lovely!!

so many big horns and so nice to see!!







Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Seedskadee, Killpecker Sand Dunes, White Mtn Petroglyphs, WY

We made our move today from WY to American Falls, ID.  Our connection in WY was very poor and I must get a few more pics up about our stay there before moving on.  There is so much to do around Flaming Gorge we found we had to concentrate on the northern part and WY and leave the southern part for another time.  There will be another time...the area is amazing!!

Here are a few more things we saw/did in WY/UT.  We put a lot of miles on the jeep at this spot!!!

Spirit Lake, a nice hike at 10,000+ ft....but lots of mosquitos!!

We saw lots of big horns...these two walking down the middle of the road at about 6:30am


Moose Pond, yes they have moose here....no we did not see any

rim trail....what can I say, nice!!!


In WY

Spent a day at Seedskadee, ospreys, bald and golden eagles, blue heron rookery, etc, etc






adult and juvenile in the same tree

elsewhere in the preserve a juvenile, bald inflight

juvenile golden eagles still hanging out on their nest...

their parents are probably long gone, time to fend for themselves

a blue heron rookery

4 herons in this nest

On the way to Killpecker Sand Dunes, a golden eagle on a nearby ridge

Boars Tusk formation

so handsome! nice prong horns and look at those lashes!!!!




Some new and very cool petroglyphs for me!!!!

fenced in so the free range cattle can't get close to the site


hundreds of petroglyphs to see!!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area, Flaming Gorge, UT

Here are some pics from the Sheep Creek Canyon Geological Area, a must do drive when you go to Flaming Gorge.  We drove up it in the morning and then through it on the way down the mountain in the early evening for another awesome look:





our very dusty jeep....not much humidity here!!




tower rock



when these 2 big horn ewes crossed the street, I looked to the right to see if any more were coming and saw this young one standing in the shadow of the trees......


is that a sweet face or what???




look at these amazing rock formations towering over the road on our return entry

Mesa Verde National Park

We are enjoying our stay in Durango, CO, in spite of the crazy weather!  It was beautiful the first week and now we are having rain and snow...