Utah and Dinosaur National Monument

Earlier this month, we drove to Utah to race a half-marathon (which, if you want to read about, you can do so here).

The drive to Vernal, Utah, took us through parts of Colorado that I’d never seen before, which was exciting.

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Meeker, Colo.

We passed by a lot of livestock – we estimate we saw close to 10,000 head of cattle over the weekend – and got paused on some county road due to a sheep drive.

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Right before the border, we hit the best town ever for Team Baby Dinosaur:
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Dinosaur, Colo.!

About 20 miles after that was Utah.

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The next day, we took a quick trip into Dinosaur National Monument – Utah side. We definitely plan on going back and camping – the area is huge and definitely deserves way more than the few hours we gave it – but we didn’t want to walk around a whole lot due to our race the next day and we didn’t have all that much time.

We ended up taking a short hike and seeing the Fossil Bone Quarry, which was one of the coolest things ever and TOTALLY worth it.

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Entrance.

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Stegosaurus.

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Brandon and petroglyphs.

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In front of some cool rocks.

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Kidlets on the path.

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Sign in the bone quarry.

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Brandon and Nelson next to a thigh bone.

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Dinosaurs and dinosaurs. So the quarry wall was left behind because paleontologists had gotten enough bones out of the site (well, of the dinosaurs that were found there) so they decided to leave the site and all the bones.

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Brandon looking out at the vast.

Afterward, we went to the Utah Field House museum (more dinosaurs!) and packet pick-up.

Saturday, we raced and then left town.

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Dinosaur in Vernal they dress up for the holidays.

We went a slightly different way back home – through Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs. We stopped in Kremmling for a bite and so Brandon could catch the Kentucky Derby. Then continuing on US-40 to I-70 and back home.

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US-40 sometime before Craig.

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National Western Stock Show and PBR

If you recall from last year, we went to the National Western Stock Show last January. This year, however, we decided to go on a night that Pro Bull Riding was in town so I could FINALLY see it live. Brandon was okay with this not only because I really wanted to go, but also because he apparently watched a lot of PBR in college.

I worked that morning; I got off, we went for a quick run, showered and headed up to the NWSS complex. Our first stop was for food; we didn’t like the Feedlot buffet much last year, so this year we decided to try one of the other in-house restaurants.

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It was okay. I had a mediocre burger and Brandon had pulled pork. It was food, which was all we REALLY wanted.

After we got some food in our bellies, we wandered around a bit at all the exhibits. We went on one of the first days so not everything was there yet – we missed the main poultry, unfortunately – but it was still fun seeing all the animals.

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Sheep.

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Cows with downtown Denver in the background.

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Happy goat.

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Longhorn.

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Brandon and a horse.

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Brandon, turkey whisperer.

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Cow sculpture and I.

Soon enough, it was time to head over to the Denver Coliseum for the main reason of the night – PBR! I think next time I’ll definitely splurge on better seats – the seats we had weren’t bad, per se, but we were quite far away from the chutes. In any case, it was a ton of fun. We also highly enjoyed the team penning event they had at one of the “intermissions” – that alone was almost worth the price of admission. I am glad we finally decided to do this, though – we both had a ton of fun.

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Fire logo in the dirt.

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Miss Rodeo Colorado and all the cowboys at attention for the National Anthem.

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Roping a rogue steer.

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Rodeo clown.

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Ride that bull!

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Team penning finals.

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Wells Fargo stagecoach.