The trip from Escalante up to Torrey Monday was 64 miles of the most magnificent scenery you can imagine. I included a lot of pictures but believe me it was about a fourth of what we took. The trip also gave the Mothership a good workout with several 8% grades and one 10% grade downhill. One of the uphill ones was 12% but she handled it all very well.
We are staying at Wonderland RV Park in Torrey just outside Capitol Reef National Park. The RV Park is one of the best we have stayed in for quite a while. We have a large pull-through site with 50 amp full hook ups and cable. Verizon coverage is great and the satellite acquisition was quick and easy.
Shortly after getting set up, we went into the National Park and the visitor center to get our bearings and get information on where we wanted to hike. Tuesday we headed back to the park and drove the 10 mile Scenic Drive to its end and then a little farther on a gravel road to reach the Capitol Gorge Trail head. That hike was a little over two miles down the gorge, walking most of the way in the wash at the bottom which is the same route the pioneers took in the early days.
Between the Scenic Drive, hike and getting to the park, we encountered one of the prettiest parks we have seen. It is a little remote so doesn't get the traffic of Zion, Bryce or the Grand Canyon but in our opinion is much more unique and beautiful. I am afraid you will be exposed to many more pictures of it in the next entry as well since we will be traveling through it when we leave Thursday and it will be part of the travel pictures then.
Wednesday, we spent the day getting a lot of odds and ends done. We have been on the phone since getting here trying to get Doris' mother's house sold. Today we finally got the papers that Doris needed to sign and found a notary to witness her signatures. We will have to Express Mail them tomorrow as the Post Office closes at 1:30 p.m. here. Doris also managed to get seven loads of laundry done so we are set for another month! :)
Tomorrow we head for a one night stay at Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah. We will be staying in a gravel field for the night since the campground there will not accept anything as large as we are. There will be no cell service or hookups but the Mothership dry camps very well.