Zeb and Soapy Love Utah’s Flaming Gorge Dam

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck are enjoying northeast Utah.   Today mom is driving to Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Approaching Flaming Gorge Recreational Area. We will cross that bridge soon.

Approaching Flaming Gorge Recreational Area. We will cross that bridge soon.

Before we cross that beautiful metal bridge, we must gaze at the Green River.

Beautiful Green River

Beautiful Green River

Naturally, our first stop is the Visitor’s Center.

Visitor's Center with Frances Turbine Wheel

Visitor’s Center with Frances Turbine Wheel

What are we sitting on here?   This sign explains it very well.

We sat on this turbine. It was really used for 42 years

We sat on this turbine. It was really used for 42 years

This is exciting.   Our resting place was really used here for 42 years.   The reservoir is used for many types of recreation for humans.

Recreational area in reservoir

Recreational area in reservoir

On the right is a fishing pier.   On the left, a boat dock.   And, straight ahead is Osprey Island.   Many Osprey birds live on the island.   They build nests from sticks and the nests may be used for decades.   Each year a little is added to the nest, and many nests have a circumference exceeding 5 feet.   The Osprey is a large bird, with a wingspan often reaching six feet.   The Osprey hunts by flying over the reservoir looking for fish just below the surface.   When it spots a fish, the Osprey pulls into a brief stall, flaps its wings a few times and plummets–feet first–into the water, often disappearing below the surface.   If the dive is successful, the Osprey emerges with a wriggling trout or salmon ensnared in its long curving talons.  While boats are plentiful on the reservoir, they must be careful not to get too close to the dam.

Boaters should not get too close to dam

Boaters should not get too close to dam

This is the dam.

We can drive over the daml

We can drive over the dam

We drive over the dam and head to the river.   If you want to launch your boat in the river, you drive to the river, but must park up here.

Park up here, but launch boats down there by river

Park up here, but launch boats down there by river

The river is way down there.   If you drive to the river with your boat, after launching, you must take vehicle back up to the top for parking.

Looking up canyon wall to parking area

Looking up canyon wall to parking area

Humans usually will drive but then must use the Foot Trail between the vehicle and the river.

Foot Trail between river and parking

Foot Trail between river and parking

Down by the river, we had a great view of the dam.   The dam is 455 feet, or 140 meters above the river channel.   The cement extends below the river bottom for another 47 feet, or 14 meters, where it is anchored in bedrock.     One million cubic yards, 765,000 cubic meters, of concrete was used to build the dam and power plant.   We admired the boats on the river and watched the fisherman standing in the river.

Boats and fisherman in river

Boats and fisherman in river

This is a beautiful place and humans are having fun.   It is time for us to leave now, but one last glimpse of the Green River as we leave Utah’s Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Leaving Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

Leaving Flaming Gorge Recreational Area.

This is another place we would be happy to visit again.

Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck Go to Deckers, Colorado

After Sedalia, we drove to Deckers, Colorado.   This is a scenic drive and we love it.

Beautiful Colorado

Beautiful Colorado

There are not many homes here, but the mountains, trees and river are so peaceful and beautiful.   This area is home to the Upper South Platt Forest Restoration Program.

Upper South Platte Forest Restoration Project

Upper South Platte Forest Restoration Project

Aren’t the trees pretty?

Love the pine trees

Love the pine trees

This is a great area for fishing.

An afternoon fishing

An afternoon fishing

These men seem to be having a good time in the river.   The area southwest of Denver has many old trees.

Old Trees

Old Trees

This is the story of the Old Trees.   **Like many stories, all was not happy.

Showing fire scars

Showing fire scars

This shows a 300-year-old pine tree with fire scars.     We love our Colorado mountains and rivers with the bright blue Colorado sky.

Beautiful river and mountains

Beautiful river and mountains

But all humans have a responsibility to be careful and keep our state beautiful.   A minute of carelessness can result in scenes like this.

Terrible devastation

Terrible devastation

Even years later, with new growth emerging, the devastation caused by fires is very visible.

At least 3 years after fire

At least 3 years after fire

But, on a happier side, this is the Colorado we all love and try to preserve.

Much better

Much better

Let’s keep Colorado and all states looking like this.