RV trip part 4: Green River Campground

After our short time at the Dinosaur Quarry building in Dinosaur National Monument, we made the short drive to the campground. Although there are several campgrounds in DNM, I chose the one closest to the quarry purely for convenience. From the map and satellite view I was afraid that it might be too close to the road to be as private as I'd like.


I needn't have worried.


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Here's the view from outside the RV:


It was still fairly hot when we arrived, so we kept to the shade at first. I did explore the immediate campsite of course, and was excited to find...


...a not-too-bashful lizard!

In the early evening when things started cooling off we took the short walk down to the river.

I can't help but love the color palette of western wilderness -- the textures too!


So the river. The Green River.


It's fine, but it really just serves as a nice foreground for the mountains:



The obvious explanation for this river's name is probably not the correct one, but it sure does provide a lot of green to this area...


...especially when seen from above:


This expanse of greenery is not automatic. Hence the somewhat noisy -- for an almost silent environment save for the gentle sound of flowing water and some wind through the trees -- presence of an irrigation pump just across the water:


Still, the view was quite wonderful, and I used my longest telephoto lens to good advantage:







On the 5-minute walk back to the campsite, more beautiful colors:


Then some dinner...


...and a few relaxing hours in front of a campfire with our first good look at a very dark night sky. (This was probably the best night of the entire trip!)

Finally this trip was living up to its promise!

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Studio Maywyn  – (October 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM)  

Beautiful photos. The colors are relaxing, soothing to the spirit. Your pictures of the mountains are fantastic. The last landscape photo looks like a painting with colors that remind me of CM Russell.

danger garden  – (October 1, 2017 at 1:04 PM)  

Really enjoying your trip vicariously! We just returned from several days in Eastern Oregon, wow. I was very inspired by the colors and textures...which are quite similar to what you photographed.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (October 3, 2017 at 6:24 PM)  

I love those landscapes. If only I had more time, I'd be on the road a lot more!

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