Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park Travel Blog› entry 56 of 167 › view all entries
Today as we prepared to leave Bryce, our nice camping neighbors from
So we headed on the Scenic Byway out of Bryce, over the mountains on a road called “the hogback” where the view is on both sides of the narrow road, with no guardrails at over 8000 feet. We enjoyed the pulloffs and took many pictures. The rock formations were just incredible. Ciao Baby did just fine until we climbed to about 9400 feet on the road around
Along the route, we stopped in the afternoon at the
But we were very hot and from the top of the hike (which felt like 3 miles really) we’d admired the cool blue lake below. All of us (but one who’d earned a “homework pass” for “blatant disrespect or not listening to Mommy”) got to don swimsuits and jump into the icy water. They’d had a “blizzard” (they said) a few weeks ago and I think the water was 33 degrees. Jazy, of course, brave pioneer that she is, jumped off the boat dock, but the other two of us worked our way up to our neck- I ran for the RV. Very invigorating.
Then we did stop for the “best milkshakes in the world” at Frosty’s in Escalante, and we agreed with the title.
We passed 3 small federal campgrounds on the way to Capital Reef, but having been told that it was really nice here, decided to press on. I wasn’t worried about the 6pm arrival because I thought it was Thursday. When we arrived at the Visitor’s Center as it was closing, she mentioned that the campground only had one spot left! So we quickly rode the mile down the road, past the pioneer buildings that we want to explore tomorrow, and snagged #48! Then Jazy reminded me that it was indeed the weekend! I’m glad I didn’t realize that (now that everything worked out well) or I would have blown by some fun in order to get here earlier. Whew.
Jazy made Lia’s birthday cake and then, after we celebrated and ate some cake after dinner, they trotted half the cake off to give to some new campground friends. We all went down to the river located in our gorgeous, shady campground where one of the trees looks 500 years old, and Charles and Lia got wet in the icy river. Then we fed some grass to the nearby beautiful and deliciously horsey-smelling horses, admired a historic cottage home, visited with our camping neighbors (also from
We are really enjoying the bikes. Jazy can help me load and unload, while Charles and Lia get the helmets, move the bikes around, take off the cross-bars, etc. It just takes a few minutes and we love the strong, locking
It is just beautiful here in Capital Reef NP with red cliffs surrounding the park- the rock formations on the way in are breathtaking. We’ll see more as we drive out tomorrow to
I’m sure I’ve been in
It is also refreshing to see the many campers, particularly in tents, enjoying this great beauty of nature. Not many big rigs are in the National Park ��"I think the sites are not big enough and they’re not really self-sufficient for dry camping, I guess. So I’m grateful that for our style of travel, we didn’t buy a big rig. It just really makes me feel good to see our National Parks so loved and enjoyed by so many people. This is one gorgeous country!