Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Last Entry from Capitol Reef National Park


I am sure that you are getting tired of hearing about Capitol Reef NP. Please bear with me for one last entry from this awesome place. I want to fully document our experience for ourselves in our later life.

On Monday, April 20, we decided to take a hike to Hickman Bridge. Yeah, I was kind of surprised that Kim wanted to go also, but you know how she is with bridges and arches. The hike was very steep, but only about 1.5 miles to the bridge. This was in fact a bridge, not an arch because it was caused by flowing water. The views of the main gorge were once again  beautiful.


We both thought that this solid wall had a relief of a mountain. It was really cool.



There were several people walking along with us at different times. We had some time to get to know each other as we stopped to rest. It was difficult to talk between the huffs and puffs. We finally made it to the bridge:


I hiked around while Kim rested. It was a beautiful setting.



We walked downhill back to the parking area. The downhill part has been bothering my knee, but it is certainly worth a little pain.

We then headed over to an area with petroglyphs. They are very interesting to think about all of the people that had been to this area over the ages.


The last stop was at the old one room school house. The park service had done a nice job restoring it. They have done a great job at this park being friendly and helpful without being overbearing. I think it helps that this park is the forgotten park of the big 5.


With this tour, we had the feeling that we had seen Capitol Reef NP. We were ready to move on. We like to spend a week at most parks to feel good about the visit. A week here was just about right.

Next stop is the much anticipated Bryce Canyon National Park. We were very excited to see one of the most photographed parks in the country.


Come back and I will show you many aspects of Bryce. We went for a little stroll through the Hoodoos. It was memorable, maybe even EPIC.

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