Sunday, June 5, 2011

Utah 2011 - Day 9: Scenic drive thru Utah & Colorado

In effort to see more of the area, we opted to stay off of the interstate until we got to the front range in Colorado - because after that, everything almost looked like it did back at home. :|

We left from our rest stop sleeping area and found the border town of Manila (pop. 800), not far from the Flaming Gorge Recreational Area. We found a little ma & pa restaurant where we had some breakfast before continuing down the road.

Leaving Manila
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This area had signs placed telling travelers what the landscape meant in prehistoric times - for example, one sign states that the area you drive through was where coal was once formed... etc. Lots of variety to the landscape in such a small area.
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View of Flaming Gorge...
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These pictures were fun in that I didn't realize that I caught the deer in the left hand side of the frame until I reviewed the shot later on. :lol:
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I thought this was rather creepy... :shock:
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Loved this ranch's sense of humor. :mrgreen:
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So we're cruising along at a pretty good pace on a highway in Colorado, we come around a bend to find about a 1/2 mile worth of these...

SHEEP!!

With the sheep was included one hearder and one dog.
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And the road was free and clear after the traffic congestion... :ROTFL:
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We went through Steamboat Springs, CO...
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Checking out the mountain sided ski jumps...
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before heading back into the mountains.
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The snow was a welcomed site (especially after hearing how it was in the 90's and humid at home :dead:). We went from 65-degrees in the valley to nearly 40-degrees mountain top.
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And they still had quite a bit of snow!
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The rest of our afternoon was enjoyed by maneuvering the winding mountain roads and enjoying the sites... :D
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I didn't bother much with pictures once we got back on the interstate to work our way back through Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois... for obvious reasons. :P




All of this day's photos can be seen here:
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