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Oct 6, 2020 - Chimney Rock and Sulphur Creek Falls

Torrey, UT There was more of Capitol Reef National Park to explore so we set off before dawn again for Chimney Rock Trail. We watched as the sun coming over the mountain lit up the rocks before us in brilliant colors. Breathtaking! As was the trail as it led straight up level with the TOP of Chimney Rock. We were not impressed with Chimney Rock and think someone was desperate to come up with an enticing name, but we did enjoy the hike and the views. We rewarded ourselves with pie in the park (again) before setting off on the 20-mile Scenic...

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Oct 5, 2020 - Hickman Bridge and Grand Wash

Torrey, UT The most iconic image for Capitol Reef National Park is Hickman Bridge. Hickman Bridge is the most famous (and crowded) hike in Capitol Reef National Park. We chose that as our first hike of the day. We also learned that there is a difference between an arch and a natural bridge though they look the same to us. Natural bridges are formed by flowing water that has cut through sandstone. Natural arches that have been formed by weathering processes but not flowing water. Over time, persistent winds and freeze-thaw action have slowly...

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Oct 4, 2020 - Capitol Reef National Park

Torrey, UT This was another travel day. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a wrinkle on the earth, extending almost 100 miles”. It is one of the lesser visited National Park, but we certainly do not have it to ourselves. The park was named for its whitish Navajo Sandstone cliffs with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings. The Native American Fremont Culture here solidified around the 500s from food foraging groups, to...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Stop #4 Capitol Reef

Well, we arrived in Torrey, UT on Saturday afternoon. Although we got kind of a late start, (after 10 a.m.) we actually made pretty good time for a change. It was the first time we managed to arrive at our destination before 3 p.m. I had it in my mind that we would take SR 12 all the way, but as we got close to the SR 12 turnoff, I noticed Mavis was routing us a different way, which actually cut our estimated TOA by about a half hour and saved us from driving over a much more winding road. Our route took us through some very pretty...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Zion, Bryce and Vegas (again?)

Sorry for the delayed post, but our stay in Glendale, UT left us with no cell service and very spotty Internet. Every time I tried to post the last update, the program would just disappear, even though I was saving frequently! Grrr! Very frustrating! Anyway, our last couple of days were spent exploring our first of the 9 National Parks on this trip: Zion and Bryce Canyon. The first full day we were there, Tuesday, we actually visited Zion late morning, came home to have lunch, then drove all the way out to Bryce in the afternoon. When we...

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Sep 8, 2019 - OneTorrey, Utah

We headed south on I-15 to State Rte. 28 to State Rte. 24 into Torrey, Utah and Thousand Lakes RV Park. We had a site that was a little tight, but we had a beautiful view of Thousand Lake Peak with its' red hues. Hwy 24 takes you right into Capital Reef Nat'l Park and after stopping at the Visitor's Center, we took the scenic drive through the park. Each hour of the day gives you completely different colors of the hillsides in this park. We were able to take hikes to various overlooks and points of interest. The colors and rock formations...

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Fall 2019

Jun 25, 2017 - Grand Junction, CO to Torrey, UT

Grand Junction to Torrey, UT Day 20: Saturday June 24, 2017 Note: The new a/c is performing as expected; when we arrived in Torrey the temperature in the trailer was 85 while the temperature outside was 89; we turned on the new a/c and in an hour the temp in the trailer was 70—what a relief. The time to reduce the temp with the old a/c would have been around four hours. We pulled out or our site in the Grand Junction KOA at 8:10 am. We stopped at the Pilot Truck Stop and fueled the truck; the listed credit price was $2.59, cash price was...

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May 1, 2017 - Capitol Reef National Park

Day 6 - We began our touring day at a flute shop just outside Torrey where the owner invited us into his workshop and demonstrated how his Native American flutes are made. It motivated me to want to get back to playing mine. The main feature of the day was a geology field trip to Capitol Reef National Park. Our Road Scholar info packet describes it this way: "A bold river flowing through a towering canyon, huge white domes topped by a brilliant blue sky, green beauty in a vast desert, seemingly mysterious formations carved by whimsical...

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Living Our Dream

Apr 30, 2017 - Grand Staircase-Escalante, Slot Canyon, Torrey

Day 5 (part 2) - After leaving Bryce Canyon we continued on Utah's Scenic Byway 12, which I consider one of the most spectacular drives in the country. It is also very memorable for me as it was the birthplace of Doug's famous "Oh, sh...!" roads. The year was 2000, it was Doug's first trip out west and he was having a little trouble driving our camper on some of the mountain roads without panicking. On this day we were driving peacefully along through a pretty forest when we came around a bend in the road to be greeted with a vast expanse...

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Living Our Dream

Apr 12, 2017 - Last Day

We went back into Capitol Reef NP yesterday to see the petroglyphs that are along UT 24 near the Fruita Historic District, one of several places where rock art figures are visible in the park. They were created by ancient Native Americans of the Fremont Culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately 600 to 1300 AD. The figures cover several rock panels with a diversity of images. Fremont pictographs (painted on rock surfaces) and petroglyphs (carved or pecked into the rock) depict people, animals and other shapes and forms....

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Apr 10, 2017 - It's Still Winter in Utah

The weather here in south-central Utah has been cold. Last night the temps got down to the mid-20's. We disconnected the water hose and when I went to connect it in the morning there was an icicle hanging off the end. I had to knock off the icicle and manipulate the hose to get the water flow. I guess I should have brought my heat-traced hose. We drove Utah Scenic Byway 12 yesterday. It travels 124 miles through some of the most diverse, remote, rugged, and beautiful landscapes in the country. It ends near Bryce Canyon National Park. Along...

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Apr 8, 2017 - Wind

We've been in Torrey, UT for 2 days now and the wind hasn't stopped blowing. It was blowing so hard this morning (0400) that I had to get up and bring the slide in to keep from loosing the slide cover which was flapping loudly and Winnie was rocking. It reminded me of Tropical Storm Bill 2 years ago in Texas. As I write this, I may have to retract the slide again. We visited Capitol Reef National Park yesterday. It's one of the Utah Mighty 5 and is filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges of the Waterpocket Fold which a geologic...

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