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Utah Trip 2009

Day 9 of 10

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Saturday, April 18th
Capitol Gorge hike

We woke up the next day to sunny skies. Well, partly cloudy. But it was certainly a welcome sight after the rain and snow we'd seen earlier. Our first stop this morning was the petroglyphs, just off Highway 12 near the visitor's center. There are telescopes set up to look at the petroglyphs on the rock walls above, and a wooden walkway that parallels the highway for a bit. There's also a nice view of the edge of the Fruita orchards from here.

Petroglpyhs

Petroglpyhs

Petroglpyhs - looks like aliens to me!

Petroglpyhs

Petroglpyhs - Danger, Will Robinson?

Petroglpyhs

Petroglpyhs

Petroglpyhs

Trees at Fruita

Our next stop was the Gifford House again. This time, they had lots of pies available -- apple, peach, strawberry rhubarb, blackberry, mixed berry, and cherry. We settled on an apple pie, then headed out the door.

We drove along the scenic drive route, which is highly recommended. It really is beautiful and there are multiple stops where you can stop and admire it or take pictures. If I'd had more time I would have stopped for pictures, but I wanted to make sure we got the hike in before the weather changed its mind. Parts of the drive remind me of Artist Drive in Death Valley. The earth is peeled back to reveal different layers of rock and dirt.

About the first 6 miles of the road is paved, then we continued along the unpaved gravel road (about 4 miles of it) to the Capitol Gorge trailhead. Then we hiked the Capitol Gorge to the Tanks.

After the hike we enjoyed the drive back, drove back to the Chuck Wagon store for some groceries, then went back to the cabin for dinner and started to pack up for our return trip.


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