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Jun 19, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

It was off to Capitol Reef National Park this morning – about a 2 hour drive through more beautiful country! WOW – Southern Utah is absolutely beautiful and much greener and wetter than we expected! Capitol Reef NP was designated for the main purpose of preserving a rare geological feature called the Waterpocket Fold – the “fold” is a section of earth that has been uplifted and folded into more than a dozen rock formations. The “Waterpocket” is because of the water that collects in the eroded pockets during a rainstorm. Imagine, only a...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Breakfast with Barb and Leroy

Today was a delightful breakfast with Barbara and Leroy and the drive home. Some data: Total trip milage= 908 Fuel used=44.57 gal Average mpg= 20.4 This mpg seem a bit high given that the mpg when driving from Las Vegas in April was only about 17.5 but that was against a fairly strong head wind most of the way. This mpg was with a tail wind in the leg from Cedar City to near Provo. Normal winds in the remainder of the trip. I suspect that about 19 is an average number. The remaining fuel when the low fuel light comes on is about 2 gallons....

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Jun 8, 2010 - Cedar Breaks

We left Brice with the intent of staying in Cedar Breaks NM. However, it was still mostly snowed in. The roads and main view point was plowed out but the camp ground was not. After seeing the sights we went on to a nice camp ground only a bit above Cedar City. It is a nice CG but near the road so we were concerned about the noise but the traffic totally went away at night .

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Jun 6, 2010 - Bryce 1

Nice bug free breakfast before going on to Brice Canyon NP. We found a real advantage to Westy. The largely tent area for the camp ground was a no generator area all day and all night limits the length of a camper in there to 20 feet and Westy’s 18.5 feet qualified. We found a very nice spot and I prepared Mieke a dinner of Stove top dressing with canned chicken and cranberries paired with a bottle of Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon 2009. Mieke declared it a “5 star” dinner but I suspect that that was done on the same star rating system...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Burr Trail

We left the Frutia area of Capitol Reef with the intent of staying in the Cedar Mesa camp ground still in CR but on the Notom road. It was full of noseeums. We left there for the Burr Trail. We stopped in a very nice camp ground that Jim B recommended at Deer Creek near Bolder. It was a wonderful spot--UNTIL THE SUN WENT DOWN. Then came out about a billion mosquitoes. We hunkered down there with a lot of them in the camper. Many likely went in with us but the screens in the camper do not fit really well on the sides so some may come in that...

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Jun 4, 2010 - Capitol Reef 2

Another day in Capitol Reef. Mieke and I hiked in Grand Gorge. Nice canyon walls starting in the Windgate and going up to the Navajo. Dinner was at the Diablo cafe in Torry. The food there is outstanding. Channel 2 was doing a piece on it when we were there. While one can long for the days of yore, some things in Southern Utah have changed for the better. Gone are the days when one is happy to go to Mom’s cafe in Richfield.

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Jun 3, 2010 - Capitol Reef 1

We arrived in Capitol Reef NP at midday. I did a hike up Cohab Canyon and it was hot but I was glad to be in shorts for the first time this year. Bonfeat was unhappy that the Park Service discriminates against dogs so I was not able to take her. She thinks that if I put on hiking boots that she should be along. The flowers are very nice this spring.

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May 20, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Today we explored Capitol Reef National Park. We started at the visitor center and watched a short film which explained how the fold in the earth happened here millions of years ago. One of the earth's plates pushed against another, causing a fold in the crust that stretches nearly 100 miles across Utah. Geologists call the fold a Waterpocket Fold. The Fremont River runs freely throughout the fold and has played a major part in the erosion of the rock formations comprising the folds, exposing them over time. The fold is visible from the...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

May 5, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Wed, 5 May: We had a fun and relaxing day at Capitol Reef National Park. We had a picnic lunch (complete with deer walking through the picnic grounds), drove their scenic highway and hiked to “The Tanks”. The dirt road through Capitol Gorge is unique, you drive right up a slot canyon! At some points the road is very narrow (if you meet another vehicle, someone has to back up) and the park literature strongly warns you of flash floods…..check the weather conditions at the visitor’s center before entering. We’ve been on a lot of beautiful...

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Apr 9, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

Whew….. We worked only a few days and already we have a 3 day mini-vacation!! We looked at the maps and decided to go to the farthest National Park that we could, stay a day and then slowly venture back to here. Even better, I am eligible for a “Senior Pass” at ALL Federal Parks in the country…… I paid a onetime fee of $10 and that gets us in FREE to ALL parks and half price at all their campgrounds. The parks are typically an $8 to $15 fee so we get to stay in those for ½ that price!!! And you wonder why we love to travel in our...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Capitol Reef National Park

After lunch we headed over to Capitol Reef National Park. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building. The domes run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The park is filled with canyons, cliffs, towers, domes, and arches. The Fremont River has cut canyons through parts of the Waterpocket Fold but most of the park is arid desert country. We drove the scenic drive that shows park visitors some of the highlights,...

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Oct 25, 2009 - Our visit to Capitol Reef National Park

Our visit to Capitol Reef again left us breathless by its beauty. It is different than either Zion or Bryce Canyon (which are both unique and indescribable in their beauty), but certainly no poor cousin in its beauty and also very unique. If you don't know, seamen use the term reef to describe anything that is an impediment to travel (which of course coral reefs are), and that is the basis for that term in the name of this park. There is no coral reef. We traversed the park largely from west to east and also took a "scenic" drive that...

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Retirement Tour 2009

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