Capitol Reef

Today we visited Capitol Reef National Park, which was about 1 mile from our hotel room in Torrey. This park is so underrated. It is absolutely spectacular with some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen in my life. John really captured it for me when he said, “It’s Grand Canyon meets Painted Desert”. If this park is not on your list, you need to change your list!

John took a number of photos and we will try to get some ready for the web site as soon as possible. I am just so glad that we did not let this little gem go by without a visit.

One of the really fun things to do in the park is to visit the farmhouse and museum. We picked up a couple of homemade pies and homemade ice cream. Carl, if you are reading this blog, you will be most jealous because they had the best blueberry pie I have ever tasted. The homemade vanilla bean ice cream was also scrumptious.

In addition to the cool scenery, we also saw some really neat petroglyphs and took about a one mile stroll through the Grand Wash, which is hard to describe but fun to do. You can just imagine what it is like when they do have a big rain of any kind. I would not care to be there for that.

One more funny thing about visiting this park was the fact that we saw two other Prii in the Visitor Center parking lot while we were there. The parking lot is small and only holds about 20 cars, so this was a pretty weird sighting.

After about 4 or 5 hours in the park, we left through the same park entrance and drove to Draper, UT, which is just south of Salt Lake City. Tomorrow we plan to poke around SLC and may elect to stay another night before heading toward Reno and home.

We saw a total of 4 Prii today. 2 were gray and 2 were Seaside Pearl like mine. After the sighting in the park and noticing that we had mine (CA), one from Michigan and one from Utah, I am convinced that the car is popular across the US.

© Karen Bell 2012