I had a pleasant surprise on Sunday. I hadn’t planned to do much last weekend except to drive to Justensen Flats to check conditions on the road leading to where I wanted to camp for the geocaching event next month. When we camped there five years ago the road was very rough and I feared damaging my trailer dragging it over the rocky portions of the road. I know that this year people will be driving cars and at least one motorhome to the event, and if the road wasn’t any better I’d have to look for another place to camp. During the drive down on Sunday, just as I was passing through Ferron I remembered a photo I’d seen on Flickr showing how to get to some dinosaur footprints along the Moore Cutoff Road. I thought I’d try to find them, and it turned out to be very easy to do so.
The dinosaur tracks were the highlight of the trip. Michael and Bradley enjoyed looking for more tracks, and Bradley even found a nice big fossilized dinosaur bone lying on the ground in a wash. We stayed there a little more than half an hour scouring the rocks for more tracks and the washes for more bones. We then went to Justensen and found that the road was as bad or worse than before, so I drove west on I-70 about 10 miles to the next exit near South Salt Wash. There was a broad, flat space about half a mile south of the interchange that would work for camping, but it’s a little barren. That’s not a big deal for me because I hope to spend a lot of time on my ATV and away from camp.
Although I’d found a good enough spot, I wanted to drive farther south to Kimball Draw just to see if there were any other potential places to camp. I didn’t find any, but I did find a decent place to pull off the road so the boys and I could eat lunch. After finishing our ham and cheese sandwiches and apples, we went back to I-70 and stopped at both Salt Wash view/rest areas to find a few geocaches. The boys scrambled around on some rocks at the westbound view area, and we hiked about two-thirds of a mile south of the eastbound view area. I was surprised that the kids said they had a lot of fun on this trip, considering that it was relatively long (from their point of view) and the stops were fairly short.