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Rafting the Colorado River

…and so the adventure continues.

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We set out early on this Sunday morning to celebrate Father’s Day on the Colorado River!

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We got off the raft at one point and hiked up to this old mine where back in the day people were hoping to find gold and strike it rich. There wasn’t much gold, but there was uranium. In the 1950s Moab became the “Uranium Capital of the World after geologist Charles Steen found a rich deposit of uranium ore.

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Our playful guide having some fun.

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I admit that there were moments where I feared for my youngest son. I had visions of him flying off that raft. I felt confident that our guides would swiftly retrieve him but I did not want him to be traumatized to the point where he’d be afraid to try new things.

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After a great lunch at Peace Tree we stopped at Milt’s for the ultimate milkshake!

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After enjoying our milkshakes we headed to Utah Highway 279 where we were told we could find Petroglyphs and dinosaur footprints.

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Prehistoric Native American rock art is found on these cliff walls that run alongside the Colorado River. Archeologists believe this rock art was created in the Archaic Period 6000-1000 B.C. And some during the Fremont cultural period 450-1300 A.D. Native American groups consider these sites to be sacred. It was truly amazing to see. Unfortunately many pieces are missing either due to natural erosion causing pieces of rock to fall, and sadly because of people climbing the rocks and stealing large panels.

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Further down the road we parked the car and set off on a short hike to look for dinosaur foot prints. This was something that my youngest was really looking forward to!

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Although a short hike, it was steep and very rocky. It took us some time to find the prints because there wasn’t much of a path.

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190 million years ago, dinosaurs crossed the dune fields of Moab leaving their tracks in damp sand.

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In these cliffs at least 10 meat eating dinosaurs are preserved in blocks of Navajo Sandstone. Erosion in the cliffs have caused slabs to fall down and expose tracks and other fossils.

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