On my second day of driving I made it from Abilene to Castle Rock, Colorado, where sister Di lives. I almost didn't want to sleep on the very soft, clean, warm bed because sleeping in Dewey is so much fun. But the shower - oh yeah! It was great to visit with Di and Tod and have a civilized glass of wine with them.
Day three was Denver to Dinosaur National Monument on the border of northern Utah and Colorado. Again, I was lulled to sleep by the sound of rain, but the morning looked moderately promising for my planned hike. I took off out of the campground,
|Camping at Dinosaur National Monument|
And motored to the Split Mountain campground. Wow, the geology!!!
|Flatirons (yellow) and tilted strata (red) are exposed on the south flank of an anticline|
About a quarter of the way into my 5 mile hike, the rain started again. I was determined to get some exercise after so many hours driving, so I persevered. I got pretty wet, and more than a little concerned when thunder and lightening broke out and I had to hike in the drainage, which had obviously flash flooded during the previous week's tremendous storms.
I lived another day to drive the home stretch to SLC.
|Max meets Dewey|
Dewey did not get much rest. 5 days after coming home Drew and I took him up to Park City to camp out while we coached our team at the 2nd high school mountain bike race. It was around 30 degrees at night. Dewey has no heat other than the van engine. It was very chilly. Will have to work on that.
|Bedding down to enjoy a 30 degree night.|
Our little van is fun to play house in. Even more fun is kicking back int he swivel captains chairs to enjoy a cold one from the in-house fridge after a long day of coaching. Now you know the real reason we bought him!