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Yes, that is snow!!!

Red, slick mud


Typical stone house


Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

The Cathedral


More visible petroglyphs


Should we cross?? I don't think so!

Resident of Dixie National Forest

More residents of Dixie National Forest

Burr Trail before it becomes slick mud



Snow, red rocks, and desert terrain-all in one on the Burr trail


The magic of nature

Capitol Dome

Check out the ruts-slick-slick!

Waterpocket Fold in background with ranch in the foreground

Upon arriving at Capitol Reef National Park, we plugged in at Wonderland RV Park for 48 blissful hours. Ahhhh, so nice to have internet, phone service, unlimited power for anything. Despite the fact we have a large(5500 watts) generator...it takes gasoline to run. Do the math-on average one gallon per hour equals $$$$$. On top of that the parks have designated generator hours. We'll relocate to the park for two days after the Easter week-end family crowd moves on. Utah remains high on our favorite list. Beautiful landscape and beautiful people are here. By our observation there is a wholesome, family atmosphere encouraged by the Mormon religion. In particular, missing from the teens' faces are the insolent, bore me to death facial expressions; multiple times we saw extended families all actively engaged. It certainly is refreshing not to see clothes worn below the hips, hats twisted cock-eyed, multiple piercings,etc. Incidentally, grandson, Miles, Pacific Grove high school friends were absent of these eccentric dress styles. Unfortunately, tradition has been once we cross the Mississippi all hell breaks loose! I'm getting off track.... Capitol Reef park is in the heart of canyon country. It has served as a mecca to its original inhabitants, the Fremont Indians and to the Mormon pioneers. For the arriving Mormons, the architectural landscape appeared as "Eden". The center of the park is the historic district of Fruita. It was a desert oasis, intensely green with cherries, peaches, apricots, pears,and apples. This area remained occupied by remaining descendants until 1969. The NPS has maintained the orchards, renovated homes, and multiple other buildings for our pleasure. Handmade items, made by local artisans and craftsman(who, incidentally are direct descendants of the Mormon pioneers), are on sale at the Gifford House. Scones, fruit pies, homemade soap, tinware, rag rugs, quilts, dolls, etc. We enjoyed pickles and a small berry pie. The Tracker has brought us an enormous amount of fun. With lunch packed, we can just take off such as the day we explored a geological phenomenon, Waterpocket Fold. Have you ever heard of this? Over 25 miles long, it is a wrinkle between to plates that retains pockets of water until they evaporate. Now, that is very basic information.

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