Well, we landed at the Jensen Inn Bed & Breakfast in Jensen, Utah last night, got a very well deserved good nights sleep and enjoyed a homemade breakfast in the morning. After breakfast, we headed a short distance down the road to the dinosaur museum and displays at Dinosaur National Park on the Utah side.
We did a fair amount of exploring today and the kids had a great time, including touring of Josie Bassett's old house up the canyon where she had homesteaded and lived off the land for decades.
Here are a few pictures from the dinosaur museum, which is something that everyone should be able to visit in person.
We also viewed some petroglyphs along the way...
While I somehow forgot to take many pictures at the Josie Bassett house @wholefoodfam did take pics so check out her Instagram to see the little homestead house. But here is one picture of the the house and the short story...
We also took a short cut for about 20 miles off-road up to Blue Mountain Road, which brought us eventually to Harpers point, where you are supposed to be able to see the confluence of the Green River and the other famous River (to which the name slips my mind so I need to relook it up again, haha). The weather was very heavy at Harpers Point, so we decided that only I would face the weather on the 2+ mile round trip hike. All alone and part way into my hike, I thought to myself that there are probably bears and mountain lions roaming these grounds, so I decided to carry a few fists full of rocks for defense, just in case. Trying to keep a good pace and remain on high alert for predators along the lonely mountain top trail, I was constantly distracted by grumbling sounds, which I attributed to overhead commercial aircraft. Finally out at the end of the trail, I could NOT see the confluence of rivers, despite my searching, so took a few pictures and headed back along the trail with sharp rocks in hand. Part way back, I believe I found a spot at marker #11 where the confluence may be in sight, but it is just too far down deep in the canyon to actually see; helicopter anyone?
Regardless, here are a few pics and no, I was not eaten by a hungry bear or angry mountain lion, so it was a little bit of a relief to reach the trailhead where I had started out and toss my deadly rocks to the ground.
I should also mention that as we were ascending Blue Mountain up to 8,000 feet, passing cows along the way, that we also crossed into Colorado (our 8th state on our family road trip). The only way I new that we crossed into Colorado was by looking at the Jeep Garmin GPS. No other signs that we were in Colorado, just dirt, bushes, and cows. Yew-Ha! However, later in the day as we descended down from Harpers Point, there was an official "Colorado State Line" sign for which I had to take a picture.
Descending further down the mountain on paved roads, we entered back into Utah.
And headed back to Jensen and our Bed & Breakfast where we cooked outside and watched the kids run around, kicking their soccer ball.
Oh, and we picked up some fresh cow poo to which Kathy was not too fond of, especially since it was all up in the door handle. My new friend Alan of the Jensen Inn let me use his garden hose to give the Jeep a good washing. Here is the poo before I washed the Jeep.
Tomorrow, Day 12, we will hit the road again and venture deeper into Colorado. Keep a lookout for us and if you see us, give us a wave!