We traveled north from Green River, Utah on 191 and drove around the western shore of
Flaming Gorge Reservoir and stopped overnight in Green River, Wyoming.  While there we
stopped to examine one of the frequently used pioneer crossings on the Green and then followed
the upper reaches of the Green River up to its source lake.  From there we drove on 191 on
to Jackson Hole. 

These are call the Book Cliffs just north of Green River, Utah.  If someone knows the name
of the geologic form in the lower part of this picture, please email me at <anne@mackies.org>.
Book Cliffs

We passed a few small ranches with an amazing view of large dominating cliffs like this.
Small Ranch Big Cliffs

From time to time we would see something that seemed unbelievable like this rainbow hillside.
Colorful Striated Hillside

As we approached Flaming Gorge, this was one of our first views which shows the bridge the
crosses near the dam.  At this point the name Flaming Gorge didn't seem to mean much to us.
Flaming Gorge Bridge

But as we headed west across the southern rim of the Gorge and stopped at an overlook we understood
the name.
Flaming Gorge Boat

Here is another shot showing the colorful cliffs with lake beyond.
Flaming Gorge with Lake Beyond

We were advised by a Park Ranger to head west and just before going north to turn onto a dirt
road that would take us through an interesting area geologically.  It was.  We loved this twisted
mountain and wondered as we passed, what amazing contortions took place to form it.  The uplift
is almost vertical!
Twisted Mountain

A bit further along we got low down in a canyon and suddenly this tower was ahead.
Tower in Canyon

And then we saw this little Mule deer grazing along the roadside.
Mule Deer

After spending the night in Green River, Wyoming, we stopped to see an old pioneer crossing on
the Green River itself.  This is real prairie.  This next image gives you an idea of what the pioneers
crossed with their wagons.   It looks kind of rough.
What wagons crossed

The used large features of the landscape to find their way across a rather unremarkable landscape.
This was a famous feature called Monument Butte.

Monument Butte

Below is the place many pioneers crossed.  This territory was crossed by pioneers going to Utah,
and some were going much further, such as those going to California. 


Here is where many crossed.  In Spring it was quite dangerous and some were swept downstream
to their deaths, but most crossed here in late summer and found it safer.
Green River Crossing

Here is a reconstructed ferry like those that were sometimes used.  To get a whole wagon train
across it sometimes took a whole day or day  or longer.
Ferry

There were illustrations near the river that showed people crossing on a ferry and some crossing
by pulling their own things across without a ferry. Many Mormons crossed this way.
Illustration 1

Not using a ferry like many Mormons who headed south from here into Utah. 
Ill Fording by foot

We headed for the upper reaches of the Green River by finding a dirt road recommended in one of our
Driving in Utah books.  It was 20 or more miles on a very bumpy road, but well worth the effort to see the
source of the Green.
Here is a view part way up of an island and the upper valley of  the Green River..
Upper Green River Island

This is a better part of the dirt road.  We began to see snow covered mountains ahead.
Dirt road

Another view of the Green River Valley.
Fence Green River Valley

The further we drove up the Valley, the more snow we saw, even down by the river.  We began
to realize that a great deal of the River comes from snow melt in spring.  This was early June.
Snow on Upper Green

When we reached the source of the Green River, we found this beautiful little lake surrounded by
these snowcapped mountains.  It started to get stormy so we didn't stay very long.
Source Lake

But we did get a shot of a couple of moose.  Here is one.
Moose


As we headed back down the dirt road we saw the Wind River Range of Mountains in the distance.
Green River Valley Toward WindRiver Range

We drove northwest on 191/189 toward Jackson and saw more of the Wind River Range and
the gorgeous ranch county in the nearby valleys.
Ranch wind River Range

We think this was a snow storm falling on the mountains.
Snow Storm

Here is our first view of the Mountain Range that contains the Grand Tetons.
Tetons South

The famous Snake River flows down along Route 191.  Here is a view of it as we headed toward
Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Anyone know why the river appears slanted like it might slip across the road?  Weird!
Snake River

The next set of photos will be scenes around Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetoms.