Late Summer Road Trip: Green River, Utah

September 4, 2017

Once Labor Day came and the kids were back in school, it is a perfect travel time for retired folk. We wanted to go down and visit my uncle and aunt and made a trip of it. In addition to the rel squad we spent time in Mesa Verde, Colorado and Sequoia National Park / Kings Canyon National Forest.

But to visit these places means you have to drive to these places. There is a lot of wide open country out here. We had smoke from wild fires both near and far. We also had some dramatic skies.

Storm clouds in Southwest Utah

Storm clouds in Southwest Utah

Last year on our drive back from New York and Chicago we stopped for lunch at the Tamarisk restaurant in Green River, Utah. It struck us a nice stopping point and would provide us with a short drive to Mesa Verde the following day. The restaurant is perched over the river and we watched a heron fishing in the shallows on an island but I couldn’t get a picture.

We got in just in time to have dinner then go outside and enjoy the sunset. Green River is a small town and we could wander across the sparsely travelled highway and go up on the bridge and down next to the river to get our pictures. It’s interesting to me to see the colors change as the sun sinks.

Sunset in Green River, Utah

Sunset in Green River, Utah

Sunset in Green River, Utah

Sunset in Green River, Utah

 

I especially like this photograph showing the silhouette of the mesa out to the west.

Sunset in Green River, Utah

Sunset in Green River, Utah

As the sun was going down we noticed a contrasting show on the opposite horizon. The moon was huge as it rose. I remember my first college reading assignment was for a Psychology class – we had to read an article from a science journal each week and report. My first reading was why the moon appears so much larger on the horizon. Too bad I don’t remember the reason 🙂

Moon rise over Green River, Utah

Moon rise over Green River, Utah

As it got darker the moon becomes brighter but smaller.

Moon rise over Green River, Utah

Moon rise over Green River, Utah

As I work my way through the 1,000+ photos I took I’ll post about the later parts of our trip.

About howardwthompson

I'm a person who likes to travel, read, cook, and eat
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