Dinosaur, May '09
North of Meeker and south of Craig, I cut off to the NW to
connect to the Yampa River
This is BIG country--and nobody knows it. I sure didn't--
and I've lived in Colorado for (only) 46 years
This is almost all BLM land
Out in the middle of nowhere--or at least close--there
was a big herd of sheep
Further west I came to the perfect example of why you
DO NOT drive these roads when it is ABOUT to rain,
it IS raining, or it HAS JUST rained. They are dust,
except when they are mud. I followed this fellow's tracks
for a mile or so--and saw he turned around to try to
get out. This same senario over and over during our week.
This road is "frozen mud"--ready to turn to dust again.
We had delayed our trip 3 days because of rain. The roads
were just dry enough. Bob had driven one area that LOOKED dry,
but was mud under the dry crust. Be warned!
After miles and miles of miles and miles I came to
the Yampa River--the only tributary in the whole Colorado
River basin that is not damned--or dammed
The original plan was to meet at Juniper Hot Springs--
east, up the Yampa, from Maybell. However, the web had
revealed that it was closed--and for sale. There were
some salescalves waiting for me
Here's the springs; we met fellows in Echo Park from
Steamboat who said they had been there many times in
the old days. Maybe those days will come again....
Continuing the adventure....