29-May-2001 -- Today was a great day for the Mower "Four of Discovery." We left home at 0745 bound for the Trilobite Beds west of Delta.
Then we went south on I-15 and took the exit of US Highway 50 which leads west through Delta and beyond. At the end of the off-ramp we noticed something on the road -- blotches of some kind. Then some of them moved! Crickets! Mormon crickets! Many had been run over by cars -- those were the blotches. Many more were advancing. They were big and brown and ugly! We imagined how the Pioneers must have felt.
We found the Trilobite Beds. The good sites are under lease by the BLM to private business, so we paid to break up rocks. But it was OK - they provided the prospecting hammer and a bucket. We left with plenty of rocks and some trilobites. There's lots of good information online -- just search on the word "trilobite." We left a geocache.
Our next goal was a confluence point near Garrison, Utah. We took what we thought was a shortcut through Marjum Pass, which is near Notch Peak. It turned out to be a long cut and we drove about 60 miles on dirts roads (not too bad though, 45-50 mph.)
We finally got back onto US Highway 50 just south of Eskdale. We made a brief detour to cross the Nevada state line just to say we'd been there. There was a gas station so we got gas and some snacks.
The confluence came up just before Garrison. After we parked the car, it involved about a one mile round trip walk. The spot was in the middle of nowhere!