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08/30   Hot Hills
08/31   Maquoketa Caves State Park
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09/03   Maasdam's Wheel Art
09/04   Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
09/06   Fred's Bike Shop
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09/08   The Terraced Hills
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09/15   Tinker Tom's
09/16   The Big Easel
09/17   Mount Sunflower
09/18   Long Dry Day
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09/20   Camping High
09/21   Wolves and Fossils
09/22   Cottonwood Pass
09/23   Send up the bicycle guy
09/24   Kebler Pass
09/25   Grand Junction
09/26   Colorado National Monument
09/27   Entrada Bluffs
09/28   Arches National Park
09/29   Hole N''The Rock
09/30   Newspaper Rock
10/01   Comb Wash up
10/02   Natural Bridges National Monument
10/03   The Burr Trail
10/04   Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
10/05   Escalante
10/06   Escalante Mountains and Red Canyon
10/07   Coral Pink Sand Dunes Park
10/08   Dinosaur Tracks
10/09   Snow Canyon State Park
10/11   Cathedral Gorge State Park
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Wolves and Fossils


tl;dr: I visited Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

I asked a random guy in the town of Divide if there was anyplace around open for breakfast. There wasn't. But this guy worked for the local electric company and raised wolves and had stories about mountain lions eating locals. Good times. He directed me to the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which I had not known about previously.

The Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center didn't start giving tours until 10 AM, so I just took a look at some of their critters and hit the road.

Every "fossil" national monument or park has a different flavor. Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument sports giant petrified redwood stumps and very very small insect and leaf fossils. Nothing else. Apparently, 37 million years ago redwoods thrived in this area. I also learned that people ruin everything. By rights there should have been a lot more to see here, but past tourists decided to cart off everything as suveniers.

I continued on back to the highway and then back onto dirt roads. The roads were hilly, but not as bad as Iowa. Eventually the road dropped down into a large valley. I was looking forward to speeding along, but this road was absolute garbage. Gah.

I stopped early again. Sue me.

Look, too many pictures.

wolves at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

swift fox at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

mule deer standing by road not caring

prarie dog at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

petrified redwood stump at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

more redwood stumps

Hornbek Homestead

I just thought this caterpillar was really neat

misc scenery

the aspens are turning

misc scenery

going down

llamas don't care

Elevenmile Canyon Reservoir

I got rained on a little

pronghorn antelope

This is the worst road in the world. For all time.

misc scenery

Pavement! Hurray!

penned elk

I have no idea what these are.

I shall camp across this bridge.

abandoned ranch

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