Capitol Reef

Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
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Trip End Feb 01, 2012


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

On to Capitol Reef National Park and another campground called Fruita (one in Colorado and one in Utah, I wonder if there are more Fruitas). This place was named for all the fruit orchards planted around the Fremont River by pioneers that settled there in the 1800s. The Fruita in Colorado might have the same origins for all I know.

I woke in the morning to see a family of deer eating giant seedpods (longer than my foot) that fell on and around Rover during the windy night. The mom deer chewed through them easily, but her two fawns were comical trying to chew through the tough skins, looked like they were chewing on cigars. 

We saw petroglyphs, hiked out to a huge natural bridge, and drove the scenic drive and beyond, where it turned to dirt and got very narrow with tall, steep canyon walls on both sides. Some of the dirt roads had spots that were washed-out from the previous rains. Rain seems to do a lot more damage in deserty areas than at home where it rains a lot.
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