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  • Day39

    Wogen und Riffe

    May 10, 2018 in the United States

    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

  • Day12

    Fahrt zum Capitol reef national park

    September 22, 2016 in the United States

    Die Scenic Byway Route SR-12 war einfach nur grandios. Der Zeltplatz Fruita Campground liegt inmitten einer Oase. Mormonen haben früher die Gegend besiedelt und riesige Apfelbaum Plantagen angelegt. Heute darf man selbst pflücken. Wir hatten Glück - der Zeltplatz war mittags schon voll. Aber Alison, eine nette Amerikanerin mit 2 Dackeln, hat ihren Platz mit uns geteilt, da sie in Zelt auf der Wiese übernachtet hat...Read more

  • Day11

    Capitol Reef

    June 27, 2016 in the United States

    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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  • Day157

    Capital Reef National Park

    October 10, 2016 in the United States

    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

  • Day27

    04-27 Capitol Reef NP hiking

    April 27, 2018 in the United States

    Had bkfst at hotel buffet, then had to work at rebooking Sam Cancun flt to return to Vegas to meet up with Bremers. Then headed to Cap Reef Visitor center to check hiking with rangers. Went to Huckmsn Trail head to hike Rim Overlook trail (5 mi rt). Skipped going out to Hickman Bridge because you can see it from the overlook trail. Nice steady 2 mile climb with nice overlook of Fruita area and reef rim. Down by 1pm, drive scenic drive south to Capitol Gorge trail. Scenic road is good - runs right at bottom of reef (geologic fold) and deads at Capitol Gorge. Then you take 2.5 mi gravel road further into deep gorge which ends at trailhead. Hiked in about 1 mi, seeing petroglyphs, pioneer "graffiti" on the rock faces (from 1888), then on to the "tanks" which are higher potholes that can stay filled with water after the run off is finished. Had to scramble up a small canyon or crevase that obviously carries water diwn from canyon walls. Hiked out about 3:30 and headed out of park. On way out, drive gravel road back to Grand Wash trail. All the travel roads to the wash trsils are pretty cool because they run right up thru narrow twisty canyons, almost like a narrow trail. Got home about 5, showed and went to dinnet at Capitol Reef Inn & Cafe. Pretty good fresh food with emphasis on veggies and salad.Read more

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