|Just Make Yourself at Home
|Are You Coming to See Me?
Kitty didn’t seem to mind the heat, and Tim discovered a great brushing station. The new grill stand seems to have been placed at the campsite just for that purpose. Tim got a few strange looks, but several dog owners wanted to book an appointment with him.
|This Is the Life!
Although we didn’t feel like spending much time outside, we were lucky enough to be driving the Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway the entire day. What a spectacular drive. The theme of the byway is “Wildlife Through the Ages” since the route travels through one of the richest areas for wildlife and fossils in the west. Markers along the entire length of the byway identify the various geologic formations, the time periods and the types of animals and plants that were discovered.
|Geological Markers Along the Byway
|Color Along the Scenic Byway
As we left the desert-like area near our campground, we climbed high into the eastern flank of the Uinta Mountains at over 8,000 feet in elevation. Along the way we marveled at unique geologic features, deep multi-colored canyons, breathtaking scenic vistas and dark green forest landscapes. Talk about “eye candy.” I think this drive may make my “top ten” list.
|Sheep Creek Bay Sits along the Scenic Byway
|The Colors of the Cliffs Are Amazing
|The Vista from Sheep Creek Overlook Took My Breath Away
Much of the drive passes through Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, and we now understand how this gorge received its name. Flaming Gorge has to be one of the most aptly named landscapes in the country. The colors of the cliffs and canyons are indeed “flaming.”
Flaming Gorge seems to be one of the lesser known of all the west’s national recreation areas. Today we had the area almost to ourselves, and we understand that it never gets too busy, even in the height of the summer.
We made a detour to reach one of the most photogenic sections of the gorge, Red Canyon, which was carved by the mighty Green River. We walked along the Red Canyon Rim Trail and looked down 1,400 feet into Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The contrast between the red of the cliffs, the blue of the water and the green of the trees was simply breathtaking.
|The View into Red Canyon Is Stunning
|The Red Canyon Rim Trail Provides Awesome Views
After leaving Flaming Gorge we traveled down through countless geologic layers of time on our way to the Uintah Basin of Utah. This section of the road is infamous for its steep descent and series of nine tortuous switchbacks. Although the views were spectacular, the wind made for extremely dangerous driving for high profile vehicles. We were shocked to see a tractor trailer that had rolled over along one of the curves. Hopefully the driver escaped with few injuries.
|What a Scary Sight!
|Descending into the Uintah Basin
Tim on the other hand did a masterful job of controlling the RV, and we arrived safely at Steinaker Lake State Park near Vernal, Utah.
|Along the Water at Steinaker State Park
|Another Waterfront Site