Ron & Elena's 2014 Travels travel blog

Our campsite in Capitol Reef - not as roomy as our boondocking...

From our site we have this view of the orchard and the...

Some views along our drive south on the very scenic UT-12 between...

 

The golden "thread" in the valley far below us shows where the...

 

The highway through this stretch is narrow, no shoulders in places, and...

… and you don't want to miss any of the many curves...

We take note of the signs and heed the speed limit!

They do mean steep - there are 14% up grades & down...

 

One of "those places"!

 

 

 

In places like this I stare at the road - Elena enjoys...

 

Hercules gets a real work-out on this road.

 

In places like this there is a drop of several hundred feet...

 

Calf Creek canyon on one side, Escalante River canyon on the other.

 

 

 

 

That's UT-12 in the center of the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cute little guy enjoying his lunch at the viewpoint.

And a beautiful flower growing near the viewpoint.

Our destination for our next couple adventures. One of our newest NMs...


(Ron Writing) This morning we hitched up, stopped by the orchard to pick a few more apples, stopped by the Gifford Homestead store to buy another cinnamon roll and three loaves of delicious fresh-baked breads (whole wheat, multi-grain, and wild rice), and then headed west on UT-24 to Torrey, UT and then south on UT-12 to Escalante, UT. We drove about half of this route last week when we went on the long day trip to Boulder, the Burr Trail, and Notom Road. The route between Boulder and Escalante is also very spectacular. There are some very steep grades – up to 14% - and in some areas the highway runs on top of a ridge with drop-offs of several hundred feet on both sides.

We stopped at Calf Creek Recreation Area in the heart of this rugged country to see if we could get a campsite. It’s a very small campground down in a narrow canyon and there are only a few sites we could fit into but every single site was already taken. We continued south to Escalante, UT and stopped at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument visitor center. The new visitor center has been built since we were last here about 10 years ago and it’s very nicely done. We watched a film about the park and got some information and maps. We then headed back north about 5 miles to The Hole-In-The-Wall Trail and drove about a mile southeast on this gravel road. We are boondocking at a “dispersed” camping area south of the Trail.

It’s very quiet and totally dark out here. Tonight is new-moon and there are no cities to “pollute” the sky with their light so we just have a glorious star-filled sky to give us a little bit of light. Camping doesn’t get much better than this.

Today’s drive: 83 miles (8.2 mpg)

Miles since leaving North Ranch: 11,697 (9.1 mpg)



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