We powered through Capitol Reef NP since we were a little short on time but it is amazing!

We met an amazing photographer Charlotte Kwong who is travelling to create a photobook of US National Parks. We’re now following her on Instagram; her photos are in another league!

We had a busy morning doing a few hikes including up to Hickman Bridge and along the Grand Wash.

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Hiking the Grand Wash: A deep canyon where the river used to run. It was just 15 feet wide here (see Kellie… all the way at the bottom?)
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Hickman Bridge, a 133 foot natural bridge formed by water

 

From there we spent the afternoon driving the Scenic Drive and what a name for it! These photos are from our afternoon:

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The Fruita Historic District at the beginning of the Scenic Drive

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Kellie thought that this looks like the layers of a chocolate cake!
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The Egyptian Temple
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At the end of the Scenic Drive is Capitol Gorge and “The Register” where there are Cowboy-glphys dating from 1877 documenting when cowboys travelled through the gorge for over 100 years

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As we left Capitol Reef National Park we headed east along the UT-24 Highway towards Moab we had an amazing drive, probably the best of our trip.  With such bizarre landscapes it would make the perfect set for a Star Wars movie. In fact, the Mars Desert Research Station is along this road. Apparently it was also perfect for dirt bike riding!

This is for your Mike Griffin…

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Factory Butte. In this desert landscape, irrigation makes this photo a bit of a mind bend
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