Utah has a LOT of national and state land. It’s a recreational paradise if you like hiking, biking, camping, skiing, fishing, feeling dry almost all the time, walking, and a bit of boating or canoeing.
I haven’t been to all of the government parks, but I have visited Capitol Reef. When I was a child, my mother used her local library and a telephone device to book us a week’s stay at a vacation home nearby. The owners had a farm and built the guesthouse as an extra way to make money. Their kids played with us and even let my brother come along on their ATV to move sprinklers.
As to the park itself: I don’t remember much. I take Utah’s scenic destinations for granted and did so to a greater degree as a child. I remember thinking, “Oh, great. More red rock. Oh, great. More big, open spaces where deer and antelope roam.”
Okay -I didn’t think those phrases exactly. I did mentally yawn over yet another hike through sagebrush and sand.
I mean, what’s so fabulous about this?
…Maybe we ought to go back with our own family.
Wanderu outlines the attractions and explains the meaning of its name, below:
“Located in Utah’s south-central desert, Capitol Reef National Park is defined by the Waterpocket Fold – a unique geologic landform extending from southern Wayne all the way to northern Kane counties. Some of the park’s highlights include the Chimney Rock pillar, the Hickman Bridge arch, the towering monoliths of Cathedral Valley, and, of course, the Capitol Reef. The latter is an extremely rugged segment of the Waterpocket Fold famous for its whitish Navajo Sandstone cliffs with dome formations.”
And, here’s the writings of the Chelsea before this point:
Wednesday, May 6: An update on home life during Coronavirus.
Thursday, May 7: “Going Postal, VIII.” The plot thickens…
Friday, May 8: We toured Beehive House. You know, virtually.
Saturday, May 9: Announced this week’s Hilarity Contest. Think of a not-too-shocking caption.
Sunday, May 10: “Love the World” for Carrot Ranch’s prompt.
Monday, May 11: Shared a quote by Charli Mills.
Tuesday, May 12: “Going Postal, IX.”
Wednesday, May 13: Today
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