Wednesday, July 31, 2013

June 7, 2013 - Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park and Dead Horse Point State Park

We were up early so Mark could catch the sunrise over the red mesa.  I took advantage of the free WiFii to catch up on e-mail.  We were packed up and on the road by 8.

 We decided to take the scenic drive through Capitol Reef National Park.  We saw this dirt road and it called to us.  We drove to the end of Grand Wash, it was! 

When we left Fruita at 11, the temperature had already climbed to a warm 86 degrees.

Factory Butte

 The scenery as we left Capitol Reef continued to amaze us.  We came upon the butte in the middle of the above photo, Factory Butte, and continued seeing it as the road wound north miles later.  Driving east from Capitol Reef on Highway 24 we broke the half tank rule and were relieved to find out that Hanksville had a Shell Gas Station.

Goblin Valley State Park

We stopped for lunch miles from anything at Goblin Valley State Park.  Earlier we had noticed deer, or antelope, we weren't sure.  Here we got a good view and could tell they were antelope, must have been playing with the deer.  By 1:45 we were back on the road heading for Moab.

Being left in the dust on Hwy 70 by an Airstream

As we approached the 70 Freeway, we realized that we had not been on a major freeway since leaving 395 in California.  This shot was taken as we were on that freeway, with a truck pulling a trailer traveling at 70, the speed limit.  We decided to pass the turnoff for the park where we would be spending the night and drive into Moab and have a late lunch, early dinner and buy some groceries.  It was 3:30 by the time we arrived in town.  We stocked up at the first "real" grocery store we'd seen in 6 days.  It was part of the Ralph's Grocery Chain.  Walking through town we spotted the Slickrock Cafe and had a burger and beer.  After walking around the town a bit we arrived at our campsite at Dead Horse Point State Park.  Our site had a cover over the table and electrical hookups.  Another nice Utah Park.  Nice restroom, but no showers.

After setting up camp, we headed to the point and watch the sunset.  What spectacular place to watch the sunset. 

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