Day 6

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Wonderland RV Park
What I did

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cecil Talking – 
Slept very well in the teepee. Got up around 5:10 with a chill in the air and the sound of an Autobon collection of chirps, tweets, and whistles from socializing birds perched where our poles met at the top of the teepee. Took a half hour shower to warm up and breakfast of blueberry bagel with whipped cream cheese. Sat for at least three hours in the laundry room because it was the only place to get wifi. Updated blog, researched where to go, met a fellow Mac-man, Dan from Bellingham/Seattle area. He has been riding his motorcycle around the country. He’ll be taking the same route we did yesterday including the Last Dollar Highway at my suggestion. We talked for well over an hour exchanging ideas of places to go. 
On today’s menu… Natural Bridges National Park, Gooseneck State Park, Capital Reef National Park and lastly, if we have time, Escalante Park. 
Anne Talking – 
How can I begin to explain everything we’ve seen today? In one word, “overwhelming”. Everything is beautiful in its own special way here in Utah. Huge red rock cliffs, sharp overhangs, deep crevasses, layered rock thrusting itself out of the ground, rounded pyramids, walls with hundreds of round holes of every size, deep canyons, monoliths, and precipices all in every shape and shade of orange, red, and gray you can think of. 
We ate lunch at Gooseneck State Park. On the way to Natural Bridges we came driving up to a really large cliff face. I saw on the atlas that the road line turned from solid to outlines. I exclaimed, “Oooh, we must be going through a tunnel, there’s no way they’d have a road up that.” Well, they found a way up alright. We were clued in by the signs that said “All Trucks and RV’s Prohibited.” We began the ascent and fairly early on Cecil wanted to stop and take a picture. Quite a regular occurrence. I was still slightly surprised because it was only a little ways up and the road hadn’t turned into gravel yet. (That’s what the outlined line meant :)) All I can say is thank goodness we did stop or our load would have been much lighter once we got to the top. I walk to the back end of the truck, stood there for a couple seconds then Cecil asks, “Did you open the tail gate?” My reply -“Nooo!! Did you?!?” Of all the silly questions, but that’s what happens in times of disbelief. And to answer your question, after about 10 miles since our last stop, nothing was missing. “Whew”
Natural Bridges was a nice area. They had a 9 mile loop through the whole thing with short walks to overlooks where we could see the bridges from. Nothing extremely exciting happened there, but they had neat cliff dwellings with little green men living inside. Haha, just joking.
After Natural Bridges we had a long drive where we saw all of the geological structures mentioned above on our way to Capitol Reef National Park. 
Amazing! Beautiful! Stunning! Overwhelming! All that and more.
There comes a point when one wishes they were the only humans able to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. This came when we entered Capitol Reef and passed by our potential lodgings for the night which had a sign that read “Campground Full.” Yay! Now we’ll go off riding into the sunset like they do in the movies with the romantic freedom of uncertainty and endless possibilities. Yeah right. Replace the warm fuzzy feelings you felt after reading that last statement with the dread that comes from reading a sign that says, “Road work ahead, expect delays”. That would be closer to the reality of things. Thank goodness for Wonderland RV Park that we found 10 miles down the road. Let’s just say it was a long 10 miles of dread.
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