July 5, 2014
Flaming Gorge does a freedom festival every year, and we thought that we would take Grandma Christensen and Uncle Matt up to go see that beautiful countryside. Our drive was beautiful and took us through colorful rock landscapes, past sparkly reservoirs, and on into fragrant pine forests. Flaming Gorge area is a good 1.5 hours from our house, so we're glad the drive is so pretty.
|We stopped at a lookout point for a few pictures.|
Our first destination was one of my favorite historical sites in the Uinta Basin, the Swett Ranch. I love the solace and the history of this simple place.We walked around the property and since it was the Freedom Festival, there was a tour guide giving tours of the structures on the property.
The tour guide had a tame dog that liked us and he liked lounging on the picnic table located on the front porch.
|P.S. I want one of these dugout root cellar things.|
One of my favorite structures on the ranch is this hidden root cellar. It is somewhat cool, somewhat creepy, and completely impressive to me. It is built into the side of a hill, it stays quite cool in there, there are shelves for food storage, and they even brought electric light to it (you can tell the wiring is old- not up to today's codes). Swett Ranch was one of the first places, if not the first place, in the Uinta Basin to get electricity and telephone service.
After touring the Swett Ranch, we were off to a nearby car show and then the Flaming Gorge Dam tour.
|Flaming Gorge from a different view.|
|The bridge in the background is where the dam is.|
|Yes, this was another "see and do" activity for the contest we entered.|
|Can you see the deer looking at us? She didn't stay long, but we saw her first, so Steve got a good photo.|
By the time we reached Vernal, we were ready for some good eats. We finished off the day at Winger's Roadhouse Restaurant. And for dessert, our good-natured and resilient driver, Steve, ordered the Cookie Zookie (a giant, warm chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whip cream. A good end to a good day.