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2018-09-12 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 25 – Lazing around all day, near Capitol Reef National Park

Today we went nowhere and did nothing…

Well, not quite…

We started out by doing laundry… And by “we”, I mean Lynda…

We did some looking around in the Gift Shop, and Lynda bought a shirt…

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We walked around the RV park…

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And we read, napped, and generally relaxed…

At 3:00 we drove down the street to Slackers, for home-made real ice cream…

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We had dinner at the on-site BBQ joint.  Lynda said her chicken was good.  I had the ribs.  They were terrible…

At 7:00 we had a drivers meeting to learn about our travels to Bryce National Park tomorrow…

And, as is our tradition, we now present pictures of our great grandchildren… They are great, aren’t they?

Evelyn enjoys playing with big sister Roisin…

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George and Ian seem to being enjoying their lunch…

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Great Grandma fiddles with something for the boys…

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Ian masters the climbing wall…

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And George explores the climbing structure…

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And an enjoyable Time was had by all…

2018-09-11 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 24 – Capitol Reef National Park

The morning dawned beautifully in Torrey…

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We had breakfast at the Capitol Reef Cafe, as part of the caravan fees that we had paid… We enjoy patronizing local businesses…

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Our touring today takes us through Capitol Reef National Park.  The caravan provided a CD to play as we drove through the park, explaining what we were seeing (rocks) and allowing us to stop from time to time to walk/hike to see things not visible from the road…

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Capitol Reef National Park is approximately 60 miles long on its north–south axis but an average of just 6 miles wide.  It was initially designated a national monument on August 2, 1937, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in order to protect the area’s colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths; however, it was not until 1950 that the area officially opened to the public.  Road access was improved in 1962, and in 1971 it was named a National Park.  It is one of the least visited and uncrowded National Parks, although it was relatively busy today.

One major feature of the park is the nearly 100 mi long up-thrust formation called the Waterpocket Fold, a huge ridge of up-lifted rock.  The park was named for whitish Navajo Sandstone cliffs with dome formations—similar to the white domes often placed on capitol buildings…

We followed the road, seeing the sights, and finally proceeded down a two mile long gravel road called the Grand Wash to see the rocks up close and personal…

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We parked and walked about a mile into the canyon.  There are signs everywhere to stay out of the canyon if rain is expected, since flash floods are common.  Fortunately for us, the sky was clear and blue…

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We returned to the truck and continued along, following the CD, until we arrived at the Capitol Gorge trail, another walk/hike into the canyon…

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We found this “window” in the rocks – this will eventually expand into an arch…

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We saw several goats along the way…

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The canyon gets very narrow and is quite intimidating…

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As we returned back through the canyon we found some petroglyphs…

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We returned to another leg of the CD tour.  This one led to marvelous views, both up and down…

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This is another “meander”, similar to what we saw in Goosenecks State Park…

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Back at the RV park we had the last of the Fandangos, so, technically, we have met everyone n the caravan… We still have a ways to go to really remember everyone’s name…

And then we were treated to a lovely twighlight…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-09-10 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 23 – Travel Day to Torrey, Utah and Capitol Reef National Park

Another travel day… We took our time packing up and hitching up, and left the RV park about 10:00 am.  We drove past Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and soon we were heading west on Interstate 70.   We were quickly reminded that we are not in California anymore…

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As we drove we were accompanied by several other caravaners…

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We pulled off into the little town of Green River.  Not surprisingly, the Green River passes through here…

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The Green River originates in the high plains of Wyoming, and feeds into the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park, near Moab, Utah…  We stopped here to see the Powell Museum…

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The museum commemorates the journey and explorations of John Wesley Powell, who, in 1869, took several men and boats down the Green River and into the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon… We watched a video of the journey and saw many exhibits of the trip.  Very interesting!

We continued our journey west, then south.  This part of Utah is not covered in rocks…

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But, course, soon we did find more rocks…

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The road south went straight south… For miles and miles and miles…

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We soon came to Capitol Reef National Park, one of the country’s newest National Parks… We saw many of the same type of rock formations that we had seen before…

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One difference is that we were much closer to them…

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We did not stop – there will be time for that tomorrow.  Soon we arrived at the RV park in Torrey, Utah…

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We enjoyed dinner at the Cafe Diablo, dining outside amongst the trees, with another caravan couple from New Jersey…

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We were soon treated to a brilliant sunset…

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And an enjoyable Time was had by all…

2018-09-09 – WBCCI 2018 Southwest Adventure Caravan – Day 22 – Relaxing and driving the La Sal Loop…

We had a leisurely morning , then we drove out along the Colorado River again.  We turned off the highway about 20 miles from here, and followed the La Sal Loop Road into a beautiful Valley…

img_5115img_5117img_5121 About 4 miles in we turned off into Castle Valley, a semi-residential area.  This valley is unlike anything we have seen in Utah.  All green – even the rock-faced mountains…

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We found what appears to be “ancient” construction and some well-built old houses…

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We returned to the main loop road and continued on…

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As we ascended higher into the hills we were surrounded with views of the “pygmy” forest… None of these trees are much higher than 20 feet, but it is beautiful!

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We came upon what looked to be alpine meadows…

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And fall colors!

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After we crested the summit we could see the Moab valley far below…

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We returned to the highway which leads back into Moab.  We stopped at the Moab Brewery and Distillery for a little lunch and a sample of their spirits…

We returned to The Villa and it was hot!  We cranked up the AC and I took a nap…

Tonight we had a short music presentation by the family that owns the RV Park.  It was,  surprisingly, a lot of fun…!

After the music we had a drivers meeting – tomorrow we head to Torrey and Capitol Reef National Park…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

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