You park at the Visitor Center, every 15 minutes there is a shuttle to take you up to the Quarry. This is where the bones are!
Lon got his entire Jr. Ranger booklet done up there
We learned why the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh has the second biggest collection of dinosaurs in the country. Earl Douglas came to Dinosaur National Monument, in 1909 before it was a monument, and sent them back to the museum. Lon now wants to go to see them there. I really can not come up with a no. We can't do it this trip, but maybe later on.
I was thinking this was not a bad road, this Higway 139 down from Rangely to Loma. Then joining up with 70. Again, perhaps I thought a touch too soon.
One person was very anxious to get where they were going and passed me. Then he slammed on his brakes about 50 yards ahead. Seems he forgot about the deer and the cows. He almost hit a doe with two fawns. They were beautiful. They were fine. He then sped off. But we caught up with him a little later as he was forced to stay behind a gas tanker truck. He got so frustrated that he passed him on a curve. I hope whatever he had to get to was that important.
No more scary mountain roads for me. I want a highway over the passes, not just paved goat paths.
We got gas in Fruita
gallons: 5.289 (wanted to make sure we had enough to get over the BIG pass)
We crossed over the Rocky Mountains at Vail Pass (just east of Vail) Elevation, 10,603 feet. It was high, but the road was bigger, wider and had guard rails.
We went through a long tunnel, the Eisenhower tunnel, I think. It was marked halfway through Continental Divide.
We pushed on to Colorado Springs. This was a bit too long, we had delays on I-25. Construction, and an accident. We did not get to our hotel till about 9pm. Driving in the dark with big rigs and construction in the dark is not very fun for me. I am hopefully not going to be doing that again.
We got gas in Littleton, Co
Tomorrow we are going to drive though Garden of the Gods, then on to Bent's Old Fort. We hope to spend the night in Kansas near Dodge City. Western History is up next, the fossil part of our adventure is over.