Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hot in Moab

Temps were hot in Moab, so I wasn't as eager to go hiking and we only stayed a few days doing the whirlwind tour.

We checked out the Needles district of Canyonlands first. We stayed in the campground in the park, which was pretty nice, but the gnats were horrible. The rock formations were pretty though.

Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands is pretty incredible. It was hazy due to some fires in NM, I think. Still, the canyons were beautiful.

We drove over to Dead Horse Point state park one afternoon to check out the view there. Very nice park.

We went to Arches early one morning since parking can be an ordeal, especially with a larger vehicle. It was also cooler then and we enjoyed a couple short hikes.

Here's a picture of Brion at Turret Arch. To get an idea of the grand scale, notice that there's a guy in a yellow shirt below the arch. Click on the picture to get a larger view, if needed.

Here's a shot of Tunnel Arch.

And one of Landscape Arch. Note that these pictures don't do these formations justice at all, especially in the case of Landscape Arch. This is such an incredible formation to behold. It's nearly 300 ft across. The trail to this arch was closed a few years back after a big chunk of the arch fell. More info on this arch here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

My favorite national park campground

An Improptu Lazy Daze gathering!

While at Capitol Reef campground, we got to spend time with Don and Dorothy who we just met for the first time, tho we got to know one another through a Lazy Daze forum. We also got to spend a short amount of time with Martha and Bernie, who I met a couple years ago in Las Cruces and then again in Santa Fe. This made my favorite national park campground even MORE enjoyable!! Looking forward to seeing all of you down the road again soon!

(L to R: Don, Dorothy, Brion, me, Bernie, Martha)

The campground at Capitol Reef is by an orchard where you can pick fruit when it's ripe. Cherries wouldn't be ready for a few days after we left, unfortunately. Peaches, apricots, apples and pears are later in the year.

Here's a picture of the campground from a hike we took. It's down there under all those trees.

The trailhead from the campground takes you on a few miles of beautiful hiking.

Just outside Capitol Reef, in Torrey, UT, is a restaurant for which we got 3 recommendations called Cafe Diablo. The presentation and flavors of the food were first-rate. We actually ate there for lunch one day and for dinner another (different menus for lunch and dinner - we had to try both). I don't usually take pictures of food, but these dishes were just beautiful.

The mushroom spinach salad was almost too pretty to eat.

I just HAD to try the rattlesnake cakes.

Brion got the Turkey Chimole.

Stay tuned for more adventures as I catch up on my blogging.

Monday, June 4, 2012


Hoodoo: a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland.

Bryce National Park is filled with hoodoos. Here's a picture from the rim. I love this place!

The best way to view the hoodoos is to hike down into them. This was great fun!