Tuesday, August 27, 2013
This summer was so enjoyable living with my friends and having adventures that the time went by quickly. I discovered an appreciation and love for the environment of the Capitol Reef National Park and surrounding areas. This part of the earth is gorgeous. I hope to continue coming back often. It's now time to say goodbye. Next stop: Home.
Photo: family cross country trip (circa 1977)
Castle Rock in the distance
View from the top
Crazy rock formation
I ended my summer adventures with a final hike on the Freemont Gorge Overlook Trail. The day couldn't have been more perfect. The weather was cool and overcast which was great because the entire trail was open with no shade. However, I kept looking for lighting in the distance or a low rumble of thunder. I wouldn't want to be caught in an open field with lightning bolts crashing to the ground. Yikes!
The trail was narrow and lengthy, but no real challenge until the sharp climb to the finishing point. I had a chance to sit on the edge of the gorge while eating snacks and pondering my great summer with friends and nature. I feel truly blessed for these opportunities. I realized why I enjoy this area and these views so much. Coming from the Pacific Northwest in Washington state, the environment is extremely dense. It's rare to stand in one place and be able to see all of your surroundings for miles. I appreciate the differences.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
This little country store was located up and around the corner from where I was staying this summer. I first noticed it last year when I was visiting. I often dream of owning it and making it a working store again, or just living there and making it into a cool modern/vintage home. This could be the perfect fixer-upper.
The Grand Wash Trail was incredible. I felt like a tiny ant walking through a maze of cliffs. In the first photo above I marked where people were standing just to show the enormity of the red rocks. At the end of the Grand Wash Trail I veered off to hike up to Cassidy Arch. I had hiked it at the beginning of the summer but failed to take any pictures of the arch. On the way to Cassidy Arch I saw Fern's Nipple. Hahaha.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I spent the evening of the third of July watching fireworks in Logan, UT. Normally I become bored with the redundant selection of fireworks displayed each year. However, this year in Logan, I was amazed and excited at what I watched in the dark sky. It wasn't just the fireworks but the entire atmosphere. The temperature was comfortable. There were no large crowds. Families and friends gathered on blankets as kids ran around barefoot. We had the perfect view of the fireworks as they shot up into the air. It was a good evening...except for the car ride home later that night which took us well over an hour just to get out of town.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Unfortunately I started out the Cassidy Arch hike a little too late in the morning. I had plenty of water, but only took an apple as a snack. I figured it wouldn't take me that long. What I didn't realize until beginning the hike was that it wasn't 4.5 miles round trip, it was 4.5 miles to the arch and 4.5 back to the starting point. Ugh! I was determined once I got started. It was a beautiful trail with slick rock and red rock and amazing views. I met a foreign couple on the way sitting underneath a large shaded rock. So far they were the only people I met on the trail until another trail from the campground combined with my path. About two miles into the hike I met up with five German students and was invited to join the remainder of the hike with them. It was refreshing to hear their comments of excitement regarding the environment around us. Sometimes I take for granted the extreme beauty surrounding me everyday. My photos are only a mere peek at what my eyes can describe to you. I recommend experiencing the grandeur with your own eyes.
Needless to say once I joined the Germans the remainder of the hike went quickly to the arch.
I would do this hike again, but definitely get a much earlier start or begin in the early evening. By the time I got back to the trailer I was feeling ill. The heat, sun and lack of food in my stomach was finally taking its toll. I have proof behind the trailer where I upchucked some little red, yellow and orange peppers I tried to eat. It looked like colorful confetti spewing out of my mouth. Once that happened my stomach finally calmed down. Let's just say I will be much better prepared the next time I tackle a long hike.
These guys are going to be used as pack goats for long hiking trips into the wilderness.