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2021-06-12 – Springtime in the Rockies caravan… Day 17 – Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Dutch John, Utah

This morning, since we had not had a group dinner upon our arrival, we shared a lovely breakfast at the Flaming Gorge Resort…

After breakfast we drove towards Red Canyon. This is beautiful, but we still don’t know anything about Flaming Gorge…

We arrived at Red Canyon, and peered over the rim…

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Wyoming, on the Green River, impounded behind the Flaming Gorge Dam. Construction on the dam began in 1958 and was completed in 1964. The reservoir stores 3,788,900 acre-feet of water when measured at an elevation of 6,040 feet above sea-level (its maximum).

The reservoir is mainly in southwest Wyoming and partially in northeastern Utah. The northern tip of the reservoir is 10 miles southeast of Green River, Wyoming (not to be confused with the town of Green River, Utah), 14 miles southwest of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and the Southern tip is approximately 40 miles north of Vernal, Utah. The lake straddles the Utah-Wyoming border. The nearby town of Dutch John, Utah, was built to serve as a base camp during construction of the dam, and as an administrative site afterwards.

We were spellbound at the views from here… especially since the land (rocks) we were standing on were clearly separated from the “mainland”…

After being amaized by the views from Red Rock Canyon rim, we drove a short distance to the Swett Ranch…

Swett Ranch, southwest of Dutch John, has buildings dating from 1909. A 14.1 acres section of the ranch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It included nine contributing buildings and three contributing structures.

There were three houses on the ranch. An original log cabin, originally elsewhere, was disassembled and reassembled here on this site. This was the original house, and later it became a bunkhouse for the family’s sons.

This is the second house, added a few years later.

This contained a Kitchen-Living area, a primary bedroom, and a loft for the family’s daughters…

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The third house was the family home from the 1940s to the 1960s. While it is quite modern in appearance, it took them until the 1960s to finally add a fully functional bathroom… and even then, they had to walk outside to get to it…

This is the stable; beyond it is the schoolhouse…

Inside the stable…

The Spring House…

The root cellar… It has a long passage, with three doors, which extends into the hill beyond. Being an underground room, it is at a constant 55 degrees – it would make a perfect wine cellar…!

The Swett family live here from 1909 into the late 1960… living without electricity until the late 1950s… All farm equipment was horse-powered; they never had a gasoline or diesel powered tractor…

The countryside is beautiful here. After the ranch we drove towards Dutch John…

There is a great bridge we drove over…

And then we found the dam…

We returned to the RV Park…

This evening we were treated to a wonderful dinner at the Red Canyon Lodge by Patricio and Essy Donoso, new Airstream friends from Florida.

It is their 45th wedding anniversary today…

This is the finest restaurant in the area… I, of course, brought the wine… They had the audacity of charging $8.00 corkage fee! What are they thinking? I haven’t seen $8.00 corkage since the 1980s…

We had a lovely dinner, and the grounds were lovely in the twilight after dinner…

We returned to the Villa. An enjoyable time was had by all…

2019-06-17 thru 2019-06-24 – Family time in San Clemente…

Another Airstream Adventure.  But no traveling…

On Monday, 6/17, we drove the short 1.25 hours from Redlands to San Clemente.  I have been camping here since 1956… It never disappoints…

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We found our campsite – all RV sites are pull-through, about 75′ long, with full hook-ups.  Some are better than others, but considering how hard it is to get reservations here, we’ll take whatever we can get…

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We had a quiet afternoon, happy hours ensued, and we enjoyed a peaceful evening with friends.  This will be the last peaceful evening we will have for awhile…

Tuesday morning (and every morning this week) we walk the 1 1/2 miles along the beach path to the pier…

We’ve been walking this path for about 20 years now…

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We’ve been watching these cliffs erode for about 50 years…

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A landmark along the way is the T-Street bridge…

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Across from the pier is Bear Coast Coffee – the best coffee in So Cal.  Today (and every day this week) Lynda has a latte, I have a decaf cappuccino, and we split the Feta-Egg sandwich…

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After breakfast we walked back to the Villa and awaited the arrival of the Thundering Herd…

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Our daughter, Erin, arrived with Roisin (6), Ian (5), Evelyn (1), and George X (3)…

Erin and Lynda put up their tent while I tried, unsuccessfully, to keep the kids out of trouble…

Despite the cool weather Tuesday (and every day this week)  – it never broke 70 – beach time soon arrived…

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I asked Lynda why she rarely takes pictures of anyone besides Evelyn; she replied that she is the only one who stays still long enough…

(PS:  I don’t do the beach thing.  I sunburn easily, there is no drink service, and I need my alone time in the Villa…)

By about 5:00 on Tuesday (and every day this week) Lynda and Erin and the Thundering Herd arrived back at the Villa; they’re hot, tired, sandy, hungry, and cranky…

We do our best to keep them from killing each other while the cleanup process takes place…

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Usually we feed the kids, then put on Netflix in the Villa while the adults enjoy Happy Hours.  Then we put the kids to bed and finally all the adults collapse…  For some reason on Tuesday (and every night this week) Evelyn refused to fall asleep quietly and required adult attention for about an hour…

Wednesday morning the Thundering Herd accompanied us to the Pier and Bear Coast Coffee…

Everyone watched the train go by…

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We were able to corral the kids for a picture on the Group W Bench:

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Time on the swings ensued…

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And the rest of the week proceeded in exactly the same way…

The only difference occurred late in the week.  Erin and the kids went home Thursday evening, and they returned on Saturday morning…  This allowed Lynda and me to make our marathon walk; we walked to the pier and Bear Coast for breakfast, then we walked to the north end of the beach path; from there we walked inland to Rainbow Sandals to buy new flips for me – walking as much as we do, I wear them out often.  Then back down El Camino Real to Beach Town Books, a used book store Lynda likes, then to lunch at South of Nicks (which is actually NW of Nicks…)

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From there we walked down Del Mar to the pier, and then back to the Villa.  About eight miles…!

On Saturday morning Erin and the Thundering Herd returned…

Another special event occurred Saturday…

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Happy Anniversary to us!  It’s been 45 years !

To celebrate, we took pictures…

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In the afternoon we did our separate things…

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Saturday evening we were joined by friends (whose anniversary is Sunday) for dinner at Pierside…

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We enjoyed the sunset…

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Sunday afternoon we were joined by other friends… Beach time, happy hours, and dinner ensued…

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And then everyone left.  Silence!  Golden silence!

Monday we walked one last time to Bear Coast for breakfast… We packed up and returned to Redlands…

And an enjoyable time was has by all…

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