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Aug 12, 2014 - Capitol Reef N. P., Utah

What a day! Started out rainy and looking like the rain was settling in for good. We sat in the local coffee shop/bookstore for a while meditating what to do. Finally, we headed down Hwy 12 toward Boulder, Utah and took photos along this most scenic highway. The aspens were gorgeous and the sun came out as we headed south. There were wonderful wildflowers at the Homestead scenic pullout near the summit of the road at 9400 feet. We visited the Anasazi State Park in Boulder, site of an archeological dig exposing an Indian village dating back...

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2014 Western Trip

Aug 11, 2014 - Capitol Reef National Park

After a laundry/napping/WalMart day on Saturday, and a long drive yesterday, we woke up this morning ready to see some of Capitol Reef. What a wonderful park this is; one of our books describes it as combining the finest parts of Bryce and Zion in a more open and much less crowded park. We picked apples in the National Park Service orchard this morning in the historic area of Fruita and had a picnic at the Gifford house. In the afternoon, we explored some trails and took photos. This evening, we went to a chamber music concert in the...

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2014 Western Trip

May 9, 2014 - Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Off to Capitol Reef National Park. More "rocks" to take pics of, you know... This was just kind of a park that happened to be along the route we were taking. Not one we had planned on originally. Turned out to be a great stop. Wound our way in through the park and finally came to a dirt road which ended at Capitol Gorge Pioneer Trail where the original dirt track had come through. Now its only a hiking route. Neither of us ventured too far down the trail. I made it a little farther and found one petroglyph but there are more deeper in the...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Nov 2, 2013 - DAY 31 SEPT. 12

Day 31 Thursday Sept. 12 When I awoke during the night there were stars. This morning it’s chilly, and overcast. OH well…… Just after we arrived last evening a woman from a nearby fifth-wheelcamper came over and told us that they were leaving in the morning after being here for three weeks and they had quite a stack of firewood that we could take if we wanted it. Howard went over to gather a bit of it and both the woman and her husband also brought over armfuls of wood. We packed it into the front storage area of the camper this morning,...

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Nov 2, 2013 - DAY 33 Saturday September 14

Things are improving all around this morning. I’m feeling better, the sun is shining and the scenic drive is now open. Breakfast out of the way, we take off to do the scenic drive and hike into Grand Wash. Both of us are completely enthralled with colors and formations of the rock in Capitol Reef. It’s unlike any of the other areas where we’ve been but in some ways similar. It seems to us that each of the parks we’ve visited has its own unique aspects but all are connected by the rock and the geologic history. It’s all quite exciting for...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Day 32 September 13

DAY 31 Friday September 13 This morning my cold is worse so we realize we need to find some cold meds. Trouble is that we finally are told that none of the towns around here have an actual pharmacy but the “real supermarket” in Loa, forty miles away, would likely have something that would be considered cold meds. OK……what choice do we have? Another little drive around southern Utah’s beautiful terrain won't be so bad. On our way back to Capitol Reef, we had the opportunity to stop at the Best Western and get on the internet again. Nice to...

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Sep 19, 2013 - Day 30 Wednesday Sept. 11

Day 30 Wednesday Sept. 11 It’s actually stopped raining for a while so we seized the opportunity to break camp. We had pronghorns prancing through the campground behind us this morning. We’re all packed up and getting the camper hooked to the car and it starts to rain again. Of course. Howard is soaked and decides that a shower would now be a good idea. I thought this would be a great time to get laundry done again and while we’re at it, dry out some of our wet things in the process. That all takes a bit of time so we didn’t leave for...

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Sep 14, 2013 - Bullfrog Notom road

We left our beautiful campsite after hiking about a mile around the butte next to us and not finding anything. We headed down the gooseneck road which rivals the Mokie Dugway. We reached the intersection where you could either go up to Capitol Reef or go down to Lake Powell. We decided to head up to CP on the dirt road. Fine driving for about the first 20 miles and then the fun started. we went thru one wash and realized it was pretty good sized. As we went up the other side, it got steep and rutted and tore our skid plate off. Then a...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Capitol Reef National Park

Day 6 Torrey, UT 8/18/2013 We had a late breakfast with the Hesters (good food as usual) and headed on down the road. We chose to go on Hwy 12 which is a scenic byway. It was a beautiful drive. We stopped at Torrey just outside of Capitol Reef National Park. We unhooked the trailer and headed over to the park. We spend the next several hours touring the park and snapping lots of pictures. By the time we were done, it was almost dark, so we found a hole in the wall for dinner. It was a really a good meal for such a small place. Poor Ricky...

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2013 Fall Colors

May 3, 2013 - Capitol Reef to Canyonlands

We left Capitol Reef and headed east and south. For a while the terrain was clearly much like we had seen the last few days. Then suddenly we were out on high desert much like most of Nevada. And then just as suddenly we were once again in beautiful red rock canyons. The canyons however were not displaying multiple geologic layers but were a solid beautiful red. We stopped at a rest area called Hog Springs and met an older couple from California. They were confused about where they were. “Are we on Highway 24?” I had to answer “No, we’re...

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May 2, 2013 - Geology Lecture, The Tanks

This morning we decided to have breakfast at the historic Gifford House in the Fruita District which serves personal sized fruit pies and coffee. The house itself has been preserved in an early 1900’s style with many of the artifacts of the Gifford family who lived there. We said hello to the horses who work on the trail and fence crews in the summer. Jonathan liked the look of a Quarterhorse looking buckskin who turned out to be named “Dillon”. We suspect it was named after Matt Dillon of “Gunsmoke” fame who rode a big buckskin. The woman...

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May 1, 2013 - Backcountry ride in Capitol Reef N.P.

Today we decided to take the self guided Auto 60 mile backcountry tour. Actually, it is a "high clearance, 4WD vehicle adventure". We stopped in the visitors center, paid $2 for the brochure and took off. Instead of trying explain each interesting point we saw we will just let the photos do the talking (with some expanded captions).

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