Our entry into the Salt Lake area was the first time we intersected with a path we’d taken earlier on this trip. Thankfully the overlap was just 60 miles and a major highway – so no biggie.
The lesser visited of the 5 major Utah National Parks, Capitol Reef, turned out to be an incredible park to visit. An awesome BLM camping spot just a few minutes from the park, with full sun, and warmer temperatures was just what we needed!
Capitol Reef was an amazing place – huge, dark orange rocks and formations as far as the eye could see with many hiking options as well as beautiful scenic pullouts. We did the full range of hikes here – including several one/two-milers, a 6-mile hike past Chimney Rock, and then a 9-mile back-country hike through the narrows (800 foot high canyons on each side of us). This hike, Sulphur Creek trail, was our favorite hiking trail to date, though closely matched with Iceberg Lake at Glacier. We followed the creek down into the canyon and had to walk in the water through most of the hike (at one point it was almost waist high on me!). Also, we had to traverse three waterfalls along the way. Truly fantastic day and so many geologic wonders. Another highlight was when I found an arrowhead in the creek bed (I turned this over to the park rangers @ the park’s visitor center).
We made our first new friend on the road – a super nice guy named Tony, an almond and peach farmer from central California (I’m stocked up on almonds for a long while thanks to Tony!). We shared our campsite with him one evening and had a fab campfire hangout session! Our time at Capitol Reef was spectacular – possibly one of our best weeks so far: a sweet camping spot that was FREE (with 360 degrees of beautiful views), a truly incredible national park, and great people made this an amazing several days.
Oh – almost forgot! Gemma and Schnabbies also LOVED this site. We took Gemma on walks practically every day. She’s a total pro now. She loves to explore and one day she walked for close to 40 minutes! We decided to give it another go with Schnabbies and we had success. She came out on her own and explored for a bit and ventured quite a distance away from Merlin. As Bryan wrote in the last post – we are so proud of our little girls! They have really taken to living on the road.