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    • Day 171

      Grün und Rot

      June 21, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Zuerst bin ich heute ins Anasazi Museum in Boulder. Diese, fast schon indianische Hochkuktur, erschien vor etwa 1800 Jahren auf der Bildfläche und verschwand vor ca 700 Jahren, ohne das Forscher sagen können was wirklich geschah.

      Bis hoch auf fast 3000 Meter hat mich dann die Passstraße geführt, die mich Richtung Capitol Reef National Park bringen sollte. Auch hier alles wunderschön grün.

      Sobald aber wieder unten auf der anderen Seite, hat sich die Szenerie doch dramatisch geändert. Raue, schroffe und, vor allem, Rote Felsen und steile Klippen haben übernommen. Das Markenzeichen dieses Parks.

      Viel gemacht hab ich hier aber nicht. Ich musste eh mein Solarpanel rausstellen und Zeugs laden. Einmal war ich um kurz vor drei für ne halbe Minute in der Sonne. So schnell war ich noch nie wieder im Auto.

      Irgendwann bin ich dann doch mal raus und ein bisschen rum gelaufen. Wahnsinn was es hier für grüne Wiesen gibt.
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    • Day 28

      Exploring Capitol Reef National Park

      March 3, 2023 in the United States

      Another breathtaking National Park. We set off to just do the scenic drive today as we were both not feeling the best, we both had nauseous feelings.

      First stop was for the Panoramic View Point and the Goosenecks just outside of the National Park. I tried to take photos to show just how spectacularly high these cliffs are but the photos just don’t do it justice. Truly breathtaking and awe inspiring.

      A little more of a drive and a stop off at Capitol Reef Visitors Centre which has been one of the best set out visitors centres we have visited. A couple of small souvenirs bought and then we were back in the car to do the scenic drive.

      Through the Historic Fruita district which is an old Mormon settlement that dates back to 1895. We will explore this more closely tomorrow. Onwards to the Grand Wash.

      The Grand Wash is a seasonal riverbed that you can walk in the dry season. It is prone to flash flooding so if there are storms or heavy rain predicted you aren’t allowed to walk the trail as there is literally no where to go if the water rushes through.

      Oh my what magnificent scenery through the wash. From wide river bend into the Narrows, from sand, to rock to snow - truly amazing.

      We walked about 13kms which was exactly what we both needed as we both started to feel much better.

      After the walk, we drove the rest of the scenic drive which has many spectacular scenes.

      On the way out, you can stop at the ruins of an old uranium mine. There are warnings about visiting this site as there is a radiation risk so we didn’t visit but took photos from afar. You can see the timber slats that hold up the tunnels of the mines.

      Torrey definitely is quiet at this time of year. We are staying at a hotel that has about 60 rooms and we are the only people staying here. Another car was here last night but we are unsure if that is the night employee or another tourist. Another car has just turned up here now (it’s 6.00pm) and again not sure if it is the night employee or another tourist.

      First photos are Goosenecks and Panoramic Viewpoint.
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    • Day 8

      Capitol Reef national park

      March 24 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

      After breakfast we drove for few minutes to Fruita ~ the gateway to the Capitol Reef National Park. Fruita is oasis known for huge production of different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Most of the hikes are stopping in Gifford Homestead for homemade pie 🥧. We bought for 9$ cherry pie and drove to our hike Cassidy Arch which was unfortunately due to winter still closed.

      What shocked us were the signs beware of mountain lions 😆 which apparently live there are were seen recently.

      We didn’t see any mountain lions but we did another hike which was on our bucket list - Hickaman’s natural bridge. This short but very beautiful hike can be done in 1 hour and takes you around beautiful natural bridge and cute canyon.

      The visit of Capital Reef National Park was short but beautiful. We were already done with our visit around 11 oclock and started a long drive to Moab. This 2,5h drive was filled with moon landscapes, abandoned land and red canyons.

      When we arrived to Moab we immediately noticed how touristy this place is. Also the amount of people was crazy compared to the places we visited before. On the other hand we could enjoy good coffee, walk around the city and wash our clothes.

      As every day we struggled with finding the camping spot 😂 all the free spots were canceled, simple campsites were rebuilt to luxury glamping resorts and camping places costs almost 100$ a night 😅🥲. My google skills were again very good and we found a good camping place for just 15$/night and paid the fee for three nights directly. Moab is the furthermost place of our road trip and from here we will start returning to Vegas.

      Good night from Moab with perfect sunset 🌅
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    • Day 39

      Wogen und Riffe

      May 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Der Titel mag etwas irreführend sein: Wir meinen damit das San Rafael Swell und den Waterpocket Fold im Capitol Reef NP. Es handelt sich dabei um felsige Erhebungen der Landschaft. Während Millionen von Jahren entstanden durch Erosion tiefe Schluchten und farbenfrohes Gestein kam zum Vorschein. Aus unserer Sicht ein absolutes Must See im Südwesten, egal ob per Auto oder zu Fuss. Am besten Beides! :-)Read more

    • Day 157

      Capital Reef National Park

      October 10, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      After many years we were finally able to camp at Fruita Campground in Capital Reef National Park. We arrived Oct 4 and stayed until 0ct 10, 2016 This Campground does not take reservations, so you have to arrive at a time when folks are leaving. We got the last site available, and the following day we moved to a great site on the Fremont River. The area was settled in the 1880's. The settlers raised live stock and fruit. I think this was my favorite park.Read more

    • Day 11

      Capitol Reef

      June 27, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Nineteen layers of rock - lifted up in the 100-mile long Waterpocket Fold. Now I know I'm the geeky daughter of a geeky geologist! Took hundreds of photos of the different types of rocks! Unfortunately, most of the hikes are only accessible off of unpaved roads, for vehicles 27' or under. Drove along the Scenic Drive - saw marmots, deer, and wild turkeys.

      Stopped to see Fremont petroglyphs, Pioneer cabin, school, and blacksmith shop in Fruita (L & I were able to find a few ripe apricots!), several beautiful vistas. Small, but great Nature Center for kids and watched the film at the Visitor Center.

      Arrived at our camp site, R & I went for a cooling swim while L & Tom set up camp and started a campfire. Roasted Polish sausages over the fire. Requisite smores to keep the natives from getting too restless. Lovely sunset over the rock face.

      This morning, we attended a geology talk at the Visitor Center, then the kids received Junior Ranger badge #6. Found out that there are several more these badge-hungry kids could have received, but we didn't know about them.
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