|August 14 – 15.
Capitol Reef National Park was in and out of our discussions for a week or more. In moments we decided not to go and then changed our minds, and back again. In the end we decided to go see this little and unknown to me park.
And what made this place special to me was that I got to spend my birthday here. And because I’m from OZ I get a birthday in both Australia and the US that lasts 48 hours. A treat was to be taken for dinner at a local restaurant by Amy and also to Skype with my son James.
As I said, Capitol Reef is small so it did not take us long to see the available sites. Many of the roads are closed for maintenance so some places could not be got to. Another barrier were the thunderstorms and rain we experienced while here. There are storm and flash flood warnings all over so we chose not to venture too far from the van. This proved a good choice on Monday as a dry creek bed that we wanted to hike was a raging torrent in less than an hour of heavy rain.
Our hike here was to a natural arch called Hickman Bridge and well worth getting lost a couple of time on the way to it. Our next exciting adventure surrounded our exhaust pipe coming free of its holding and dragging along the road. A couple of attempts to secure it finally had it in place to get to a service centre for repair.
The drive through this park is well worth the effort, it really is a beautiful place to spend a few days or a week. The sunset we experienced tonight was fantastic and the way the light bounced off the rocks was a delight. Please make sure you check out Amy’s pictures.
So Happy Birthday to me and roll on the next adventure.