2013 Trip Four, Out West, May 6

Monday May 6 was a full day of Capitol Reef. Breakfast was a small box of Cheerios from one of the previous lodging sites which offered continental breakfast-plus milk and juice purchased in nearby Bicknell.

We caught the ranger morning presentation of geology of the area and continued to be impressed by the number of international tourists. They appreciate the US national parks more than Congress and its inability to fund appropriate levels of financial support.

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

Capitol Gorge

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Goosenecks

Goosenecks

Wild flowers starting, was a cold winter

Wild flowers starting, was a cold winter

Capitol Gorge

Capitol Gorge

We spent the day driving and hiking. One of the hikes, Capitol Gorge, was a narrow canyon that had been the only and unpaved road through the area. I am not sure our pictures always show the great height and vastness of the cliffs and area. We kept looking around and commenting on how stupendous the views are. The clouds threatened rain often and delivered sporadically.

We took a break in late afternoon and had lunch/dinner at Slackers-burgers were fine, chocolate malt was so-so but cheap. We finished up back at the park but again cloud cover made it impossible to bring home a fantastic sunset (or sunrise) photo off the red cliffs. My one disappointment. The rain/clouds were expected to continue for several days.

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef

One of the last walks was out to Goosenecks point where you overlook a gorge hidden behind other gorges. Gorgeous! As I mentioned earlier, this park continues for over one hundred miles so there must an almost limitless set of fantastic views.

Ed May 8, 8 AM

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