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Friday morning, April 30

"This weather is unusual."  How often in my life have I heard that!  Again, from Los Angeles to Portland, to Boston, to Moab, Utah we are hearing that "old saw."

The night before last at our Green River campground in Dinosaur National Park the wind was downright fierce!  The sides of our Coleman trailer were jerking this way, then that.  Our teeth were gritty even before we "gritted" them. Dust was blowing.  The large cottonwoods above us were swinging and swaying violently.  Believe me, we kept our eyes on them.  But at about 10 PM the violence began to subside.  The master of wind and wave had spoken.  Except for the "leopard skin" on our van, all was calm the next morning.  The blowing dust had been punctuated by just a few drops of rain.

Before leaving the park, we scouted out the petroglyphs down the road from camp, then headed for the highway back through Vernal.  Mary noticed a metal roof half blown from a new house.  We also saw a very large toppled sign, results of last nights turbulence.  Wind is common here, but this was apparently a little more intense than expected.

On our way toward Canyonlands National Park, which is a couple hundred miles farther south, it began snowing on us as we were crossing another range of mountains!  The temperature kept falling and reached 28 degrees just before we came to the 8000 foot summit.  Fortunately, with the help of snow plows, the pavement was bare, but wet.  So I had to expect ice.  All turned out well.

After setting up camp here at Dead Horse Point State Park adjacent to Canyonlands, it began raining heavily but with only a moderate wind.  During the night the r a i n   stopped.

This morning we found a couple of inches of snow on the pinion pines and on the roof of our camper. But as they say in Indiana: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes."

Yes! Happy 20th birthday Ryan!   Hope it was nice for you there in "tomorrow land" beyond the International Date Line.

        Gramma and Grampa,
             (alias Mary and Dick)

P.S. It's about 5:30 PM MDT on Friday.  The weather has cleared!! We plan to be here at the Moab, UT KOA until Sunday morning.  We've already visited some FAAAbulous places around Canyonlands NP.  But folks, this place is BIG!  Get your maps out. Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004
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