Today we said Goodbye to Salt Lake city and headed to Cedar City via The Capitol Reef National Park.
We stopped and got our standard $5 foot long on the way to share when we got there.I also got my fix of vanilla coffee. Aghhhhh : )
Along the way we stopped at an old antique shop that had the yard filled with old bikes, chairs, a horse carriage and all sorts of paraphernalia. I took some shots to show you all. You wouldn’t believe the old advertising sign painted on the side of the building said the product was sold from Alaska to Australia. Amazing huh!
We then headed on to the park and stopped at Chimney Rock, so named for it’s shape.Then onto twin rocks and you guessed it two large rocks side by side. Balanced and just waiting for time to change all that. We stopped at Goosenecks overlook and then took a drive up to the overlook that showed a huge canyon with running water down below. After driving past The Castle, a castle like rock formation looming overhead, we headed to the picnic area to eat our subway with five deer grazing just next to us. They were very thin and needed to eat.
We then headed down to take in the scenic drive and got out and walked down a gorge to see ancient petroglyphs. These were carved into the canyon walls. The echo was amazing. Cooo-eee!!!! We drove down to an old Behuin Cabin, a very small one room brick building with one small door at the base of the cliff. Then onto another walk to see more petroglyphs. These were harder to make out than the ones at Canyonlands, but no less impressive because of their sheer age. We had to stop at the Old Fruita Scool house where the fruit growers of the area children used to go to school. It was a tiny place surrounded by a rock cliff and a stream. No way out for those kids. lol Many of the colours and rock formations reminded me of Monument Valley. This is a park well worth taking the time to see.
I was thinking last night about all the parks and states we have been through, so here is the tally so far on day 34 of our trip.
Now let me see..so far….
States we have travelled through…
5. Montana (ever so briefly)
And for the national parks drum roll…..
3. Grand Canyon ( north and south rims)
4. Grans Tetons (stunning)
6. Arches National Park
8. Death Valley
9. Rocky Mountains (stunning)
10. Sequia/ Kings Canyon
11 Capitol Reef
with plans to get to Bryce Cayon before we leave…..
places of awesome interest that I would recommend to all….
1. Valley of the Gods
2. Craters of the Moon National Monument
3. Mono Lake
4. More to come ; )
Car in Cedar City, our last stop before heading back to L.A.