Summer 2017, Day 14: Killpecker Dunes, Flaming Gorge NRA, Dinosaur NM (8/8/17)

This morning, M and I got up before sunrise, unhitched from the RV and drove northeast to the Killpecker Sand Dunes, one of the largest living dune fields in North America.  We last visited here in 2010, but today I was here to fly my PPG over the dunes.  We walked around looking for a suitable launch site:

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Launching here under ideal conditions would be challenging due to being at over 7,000 feet above sea level.  Winds were light and maddeningly uncooperative, frequently changing directions.  After a few launch attempts and numerous relocations to try to get lined up with the wind, I decided to pack it in as it was getting late enough in the morning that thermals could become a danger:

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M brought his R/C car:

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On the way back we could see Boar’s Tusk in the distance:

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We reconnected with the RV and headed south, crossing from Wyoming into Utah.  Our first stop was Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.  The BOR visitor center is at the dam that backs up the Green River to create the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  A retired hydroelectric turbine is on display in the parking lot:

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We drove on to visit the Red Canyon Visitor Center:

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From the window of the visitor center, we could look down into the canyon:

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We walked out to an overlook:

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We continued south, and Trish made some coin purses as we drove:

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We continued south and east to arrive at Dinosaur National Monument:

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The main attraction of the Monument is the “wall of bones”, a layer of rock containing hundreds of fossils.  Over time, the rock layer uplifted and tilted, and it now 67 degrees from horizontal:

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There were some exhibits as well:

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We continued south to a dispersed camping location just off the road:

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There’s an open area across the road, so weather permitting I’ll try to get in a flight tomorrow morning.

See the alternating light blue line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2017, Day 13: Bighorn Canyon NRA (8/7/17)
Summer 2017, Day 15: Fantasy Canyon and Shaare Shamayim (8/9/17)

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