We woke up, had breakfast and headed down the road . . . Back into the desert. We made an unplanned stop at a store called The Flute Shop outside of Torrey, UT. It was a great stop for the kids. Gage got a knife and Ruth got a beautiful wooden flute made by the owner of the store.
|Dramatic cliffs at Capitol Reef NP|
|At the end of the drive, we got ready to hike.|
|Hiking up another slot canyon . . . this one was dry!|
|Can you imagine how much water this can hold in a flash flood?|
|That rock dangles over the road! Yikes!|
|Gage discovers the joys of photobombing his mother . . . oh happy day!|
|Pictographs at Capitol Reef NP|
|A sun symbol|
|Local residents carved this about 50' up the cliff face|
|Gravel bottom . . . easier hiking than the boulders in The Narrows|
|The orchards are green and lush. There was a sign that said, "Don't feed the deer!"|
|It is a beautiful park.|
|The geology at Capitol Reef is fascinating and readily seen throughout the park.|
|Fremont Indian symbols on the way out of Capitol Reef|
|Love the Big Horn Sheep image|
When we were done, we headed on our way to Moab, seeing more beauty in Capitol Reef on our way out. (We would definitely go back and spend more time there!) The desert along Highway 70 in eastern Utah is drab and boring. We thought about stopping at Green River, UT but it seems to be a dying town and we decided to push on to Moab.
Once you turn off 70, the terrain gets much more interesting and we were glad we made that choice. We ended up staying at a private campground south of Moab. We had a great dinner in Moab at The Blu Pig -- a bbq and blues resturant. Delish! The showers that night felt SO good and I got our week’s worth of laundry done!