Sam and Sharons Western Trip 2018 travel blog








Capital Reef Naitonal Park is in Utah's south-central desert. It surrounds a long wrinkle in the earth known as the Waterpocket Fold, with layers of golden sandstone (not red), canyons and unique rock formations..

Fruita Valley is the center of activities and services in the park. Fruita was founded in the 1880's when Mormon pioneers settled there, nestled in a beautiful canyon at the junction of the Fremont River and Sulphur Creek. Orchards with a wide variety of fruit and nut trees are grown on the grounds and visitors are welcome to pick and eat all they like for free while in the orchard and can take some home for a small fee. You can buy pies and canned goods of all kinds. There is a beautiful scenic drive and plenty of hiking trails.

After taking advantage of the park activities, we camped a few miles away in Torrey, Ut. When you travel you experience all kinds of campgrounds and I will have to say this was not the friendliest and certainly not the most level. We were riding high on front at this one.

We left warm spring temperatures on April 2 and so far we have had freezing (20's) temps, hot desert temp (high 80's) and not a drop of rain, and plenty of strong winds and blowing sand. This morning we woke up to an unexpected snowstorm. The weather has been very unpredictable which we know can happen but we are looking for warmer temperatures and not sure where we will end up. We are outta here. Going underground and will journal at a later time when we figure out our direction in search of warmer temperatures. I don't think Washington and Oregon will make this trip.

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