Capitol Reef National Park

Trip Start May 11, 2005
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Flag of United States  , Utah
Sunday, April 30, 2006

Capitol Reef is a giant wrinkle in the earth's crust and it goes for 100 miles and was formed 65 million years ago. The main campground here is called 'Fruita' and has orchards with cherries, peaches and apples. Unfortunately we were there a few months shy of being able to fill up a baggie of fresh fruit and pay a pittance. Sob!
Mormons settled the area and there's really cool old Mormon barn and some houses that have been left to the NPS and are now used for tourists to look at. A Polygymist used to live there and he had a smoke house where he used to hang meat up to smoke and you can still smell it.
After setting up camp in fruita by some lovely toilets with heaters inside and a sink for dumping 'grey' water we did a hike to an Arch. I taped up my feet, but the tape came off and I had to walk super slow to stop my shoes from rubbing while thinking the whole time, "Stupid shoes, I hate you, how can I take you back now I've gotten you dirty...!"
We decided to do a scenic drive and Ramrod decided to shit himself for the 2nd time since Moab. He overheated on a slow up-hill drive and we had to stick him in neutral to get back to the campsite. We drove into 'town' to ask about a mechanic and he seemed ok. After laundry and an unsuccessful look for food we headed for bed.
In the morning we drove to a bigger town about 13 miles away and found out that our fuse to turn on the fan was burnt out and our engine wasn't cooling. So we ordered the part and drove back to do an 8 mile hike which combined 3 trails. A nasty looking storm was headed our way and this made me go faster than normal because it's dangerous to be up high around those rocks in a thunderstorm and we were up high!! We found a huge arch in the middle of the hike and then dropped back down to walk in the wash of a canyon. Walking in canyons is also a no no if it's raining or even looks like it might be raining far away. Flash flooding is a major deal in a lot of these parks and they cause major havoc in canyons and can approach without warning except for a big sound coming toward you. When we got out of the canyon we hitched a ride back to fruita as we had started out there.
The next morning we packed up and drove back to our country-bumkin mechanic who was really slow, but friendly. He changed out the fuse in 3 moves and then we were charge $75!!!!!!
Oh well at least we got free popcorn.
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