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Horse Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Deer Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Fish Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Petroglyph, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Lynn and David, White Mountain Petroglyph Site, Wyoming

Target Practice, Wyoming

Red Cliffs, Flaming Gorge, Utah

Sheep Creek Overlook, Flaming Gorge, South of Green River, Wyoming

At the end of Flaming Gorge, Utah


Sunday 2nd June, 2013

Green River, Wyoming to Jensen, Utah (255.8 miles/408km)

Today we decided to explore the area just northeast of Green River and Rock Springs before we headed south so after breakfast at the diner next to the hotel we packed up and set off to see the petroglyphs and the desert. We drove about 15miles off the main road on a gravel road and then walked up to the White Mountain site and on the cliffs there were many drawings of different items – deer, birds, fish etc. carved into the rock – not sure how old they were, but very old. The desert around was just beautiful, with clear air, mesas and snow-capped mountains in the distance. There was evidence of volcanic eruptions in the long distant past. The colours were just gorgeous and we loved it. We then drove further into the desert but were stopped because sand was covering the road, but we saw beautiful sand desert stretching out not like the sagebrush that covered other parts of the area. We then drove back through Green River (about 100mile round trip) and then drove down next to the Flaming Gorge towards Utah and our next destination. Green River was where the explorer John Wesley Powell set off down the Green River towards the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon in 1869. Green River is also the place where the Trans-Continental Railroad passed through on its way to California. There are only freight trains on this line now. The Flaming Gorge is now dammed but at the end of the gorge is the most amazing tortured landscape with sheer coloured cliffs and steep hillsides. Just beautiful. We drove on down to the town at the end of this valley, having passed into Utah. We continued on to our accommodation in Jensen, a lovely B & B just off the main road. Once we settled in, we drove the few miles back to the town and had dinner. Later we sat in the warm evening on the porch, chatting.



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