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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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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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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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Apr 30, 2013 - On to Capitol Reef National Park

We set out from Bryce Canyon feeling we had done the place justice even if we had stayed only 2 days. We did 3 different hikes, the longest and hardest, down among the famous Hoodoos and we at least stopped and gazed at every overlook. So on to Capitol Reef National Park...Capitol Reef? Where did a name like that come from? It seems that the early explorers / settlers thought that many of formations here, one in particular, looks like the capitol building in D.C. And it does and it actually looks like it is melting and losing it's focus...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef seems, despite the enormous rock formations, to be more intimate. We spent about 6 1/2 hours driving through it's narrow curvy roads. The park was named from a rock formation that seemed to resemble the Capitol Dome in Washington, D.C. There is a small town, Fruita, inside the park that was settled by the Mormons. It is now owned by the National Park Service. The settlers found, among, the many rock formations, several areas of flat, very fertile land. They planted many varieties of fruit tress, many which ate still there...

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Oct 30, 2012 - Capitol Reef

The new and improved Eric is trying to explore America more from the scenic by-ways rather than the highways. Route 12 goes from Red Canyon past Bryce and many other parks for about 70 miles. It is a very scenic road and now in the off season has no traffic. That’s really nice because when your moving 25,000 pounds up an 8% incline at 25mph (or less), in a 55 mph zone, you really don’t want a parade forming behind you. I stopped at numerous overlooks and enjoyed the drive. I used to look up from the valley floor and wonder “what would it be...

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