Utah Vacation Saga Post Seven – EPIC 500+ Mile Road Trip – Capitol Reef And Lake Powell
OK, so it’s taken a while for me to get this post up. Yes, I’ve been a bit of a slacker, but that’s not the only reason. The rest of the story is that there are just so many pictures. We left Price, UT at about 0900 on Thursday and got back at 0100 on Friday. No joke! To see a map of our crazy day’s driving, click here and you can marvel at the audacity boldness lunacy of our road trip Yes, we should have turned right onto I-70 on our way back and gone through Green River, but we (OK, it was mostly my fault) made a wrong turn and added an hour of driving.
Come along on a photo recollection of our day out driving through most of southern Utah !
As I’ve said in earlier posts, oil, natural gas, and coal are a BIG part of life in Utah. You can see quite a few of these pumps (Cindy said this one was pumping natural gas) from the road, but there’s lots more you can’t see easily.
I’m going to put the rest of the pictures below the fold because there are something like 90 of ’em Make sure you click on the pics to see ’em full size – the panoramas are HUGE as usual and I tried to make sure the text in the informational placards was legible as well
Now that I’ve got you into the meat of the post, I’ve gotta admit that I’m not going to write as much as I could again because there’s just too many pictures. You’ll see what I mean If you have any sort of questions, the comments section is wide open and I’ll be happy to answer ’em
This is one of two coal fired power plants in the area. I’ve only ever seen one time when any sort of emission was visible from the stacks and that was only slightly visible. They filter the exhaust so much these days that it’s not nearly as bad as it was in the old days.
A lot of the land around Price looks like this – gently rolling hills and short grass. Perfect cattle country!
This is just south of I-70. I thought the landscape was pretty nice, but I also thought it was interesting how they painted the black line in the center of the road to make the yellow stand out a bit more.
We’re still somewhat in the high desert here – not really up in the mountains yet.
Higher up in the mountains we’ve reached the quaking aspens
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Cindy was driving (she’s much less likely to get car sick that way) which freed me up to get pics and get excited about the wonderful views We stopped at this scenic overlook so we could grab a quick snack (the plums and cheese were great!) and I could get some pics for those who can’t get out to places like this quite as easily. I also thought y’all might like the wildflowers
Our destination for this southbound leg of the trip was Anasazi State Park in Boulder, UT. They’ve got a little corn garden growing off to the side so the tourists can see what it looks like
More info about the Anasazi food here. I never knew about the culinary possibilities available from cattails
Between all the information presented, the re-created structures, and the actual ruins, this museum was definitely worth the drive
Folks, the camera just doesn’t do justice to this view. The colors were more vivid, especially in the red rock. At least that’s the way I remember it. The pics are still pretty nice, so I figured I’d include ’em for your viewing pleasure
These cows just wandered up on the road, so we stopped to let ’em pass. There was also a cow with her calf trying to get a drink of lunch while they were actually climbing onto the road and crossing it, but I missed out on that pic. The truck you see in the distance actually drove around us and through the group of cattle. I wasn’t too shocked to see California plates on it.
Just a few more pics of the landscape around the area – I have to say I really like it
After hanging a right at Torrey, UT, our next destination on this journey was Capitol Reef National Park. Nice sign they’ve got there
I ran up closer to the sign to get that last picture, but I wanted to get a pic of my car and the diversity of colors in the hills around it, too
One of the points of interest is Chimney Rock – you can see where it got its name
Just more cool scenery near the entrance to the park
Cindy wanted to take me to Goosenecks Point because it’s really rather impressive. Notice the sign on the right – they’re not kidding as you’ll see in the pics to follow. There are a few places where you could slip and fall about 800 feet to the canyon floor if you’re not careful.
Cindy says there’s a great hiking trail at the bottom of the canyon here. I’d like to hike it sometime, but I’d really love to fly the canyon in something like a weight-shift trike, too
Those who’ve been around me for a while know that I’ve got a severe case of acrophobia Yes, I love flying and roller coasters, but I’m strapped into something so it doesn’t bother me. This is another matter. If you slip or trip here, my advice is to take the fall as flatly as possible and don’t try to catch yourself. Performing a face-plant and dealing with a broken nose or broken teeth would be a much better option than finding out just how steep the canyon wall really is
I made this vertical panorama to show some semblance of the view from here. You just can’t get it all in a picture.
I couldn’t help but think that this would make a really impressive surface in someone’s home – something like a coffee table, counter top, or even shower enclosure
I just thought this pic of the visitor center was pretty cool
We ate dinner picnic style near a river with this as our view in the picnic grounds. Good times
I’ve seen more pictographs and petroglyphs in my travels through Nevada and Utah than I thought possible. These were pretty cool
This rock face was just a short distance away from the pictographs and I thought the colors warranted a vertical panorama
I have to say that this is one of my favorite pics from Capitol Reef. It doesn’t have the sweeping vista of some of the others, but you don’t often see so much green foliage contrasting with the red rock and I really like the way the trees frame the rock wall, too
I couldn’t see much inside the cabin due to a second layer of glass in the window, but I thought it was interesting
I remember the top of these hills being more yellow and the bottom being darker gray, but they still look cool.
We ran into some road construction between Capitol Reef and Hanksville and I saw something I’d never laid eyes on before – a portable traffic light. I can’t say how awesome I think this is for the taxpayers because it operates off of a sensor and saves money by not paying two flagmen. Don’t get me wrong here – I want people to have jobs but we also need to save tax dollars where we can
One last shot leaving Capitol Reef
We we were running out of daylight when we reached Hanksville and realized we really wouldn’t be able to see much in Goblin Valley. I noticed that Lake Powell wasn’t all that far to the south, so we hung a right and headed that way. Cindy seemed a bit reluctant because it would add a couple of hours to our road trip, but she went along with it and it turned out great
With all this gorgeous desert and red rock, I had the theme from Quigley Down Under running through my head most of the day
I’d only ever been to the south end of Lake Powell, but this is how I remember most of the lake – big chunks of red rock all over the place We got to the official entrance near Hite Marina and found that the Feds have started charging everyone $15 to enter the park. We’d planned to go down on the boat ramp and get our feet wet, but decided we didn’t want to pay. We did find a dirt boat ramp in part of the free access area a bit later and got our feet nice and muddy while getting bitten by a few mosquitoes and watching bats fly by just a few feet away while they feasted on those same pesky mosquitoes
The last pic in this post comes from our stop in Hanksville on the way home. We got out to stretch our legs and I thought the design of the gas station / convenience store was just too neat not to share
That’s about it for this post. Thanks for coming along for the ride! Here’s hoping you enjoyed it and that you have a great day
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