Capitol Reef: Oh la la!

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Notre depart vers Capitol Reef a ete un peu retarde par les procedures administratives reliees au visa de travail de Joey…mais bon…on en a profite pour prendre un bon dejeuner au "centre-ville de Moab". En route vers Capitol Reef on a fait un bref arret a Goblin Valley State Park ou on se croit au village des Schtroumpfs, par chance Gargamel nous a epargne! Ce state park est tout petit mais est tout a fait surnaturel…on a marche entre ces formations rocheuses, creant notre propre randonnee.

On a repris notre chemin vers Capitol Reef pour faire une petite randonnee au couche du soleil (Sunset Point trail) ou effectivement la luminosite rend justice aux paysages avoisinants. Apres une bonne nuit de sommeil a Singletree Campground (Dixie National Forest), ou il faisait beaucoup plus frais etant entoure d'arbres. Nous avions meme notre frigidaire avoissinant notre campement, soit un petit ruisseau ou on rafraichissait notre vin (on fait avec les moyens du bord!).

Notre deuxieme journee a Capitol Reef en a ete une de randonnees, soit Hickman Bridge trail, Grand Wash trail et Capitol Gorge trail. On perd pas la forme! Petit bilan de santé; mon cou se porte bien, je n’ai eu aucune douleur cervicobrachiale depuis mon depart de Montreal et mon genou tient le coup avec l’orthese. Il semble que ca me va bien d’etre en vacances J

On the way from Canyonlands to Capitol Reef we made a stop by Goblin Valley State Park. It was a beautiful drive, but in a pretty isolated place. There seemed to be only one ranger and one multipurpose building that was the visitor center/entrance/store. The landscape was really unique; it looked like we were in a demented smurf village. Then we headed to Capitol Reef.

We had been told that Capitol Reef was pretty empty like Canyonlands. I think they meant it was empty of Americans. I didn’t realize until this trip that French is the second state language of Utah with German being the third. Julie and I were playing a game of spot the American. If I may speak for the Americans “you’re missing out!” There were some beautiful painted cliffs and gorges that really light up at sunset. It was odd after hiking in the hot desert of Capitol Reef to head back to the cool forest where our campground was just 30 minutes away. It was a nice escape from the heat finally. Next, we’re off to Bryce Canyon!
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Nancy Nemargut on

Yes, the landscape is very weird! Looks like it's infested with lot's of "little men". You look like you're enjoying your summer!

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