Day 9

Trip Start Jun 05, 2013
Trip End Jun 15, 2013

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What I did
Capital Reef National Park
Bear Lake, UT
Mexican Hat
Navajo Nation

Flag of United States  , Utah
Thursday, June 13, 2013

We awoke at a rest stop being run by a very grumpy old man, who refused to let us freshen up in the bathrooms and told us there was no camping here even though we already had. After a quick breakfast cereal and granola bars we got on the road; the views did not remind us of the Utah we remembered though. After the amazing drive down through the middle of Utah, we arrived at Capital Reef National Park which was unfortunately full on camp sites. We altered our plan to just drive through and see the sites along the way. We stopped off at a couple of points along the river, which followed the road through the park, to dip our feet in the water and cool off; this was the hottest temps of the trip since leaving Arizona. Elliott had some magnificent skips at the second stop, Jared's were OK. After awhile through some flat country, we pulled into Glen Canyon. To get down into the canyon there was a 3 mile winding, cliff side gravel road that Jared had to navigate, which he did well enough for us to survive. The views over the edge were not only beautiful but gave you a bit of a scare, making for one memorable drive. A few miles after reaching the bottom, we stopped off the side of the road to enjoy the sunset and dinner. It was a combined effort to make chicken and rice burritos. We were planning on stopping off and camping but Jared refused to stay on the Navajo reservation, which took up the first few hours after crossing the boarder back into Arizona. We ended up just hoofing it all the way to the Grand Canyon to camp for the night. (On the way while Elliott was sleeping Jared and Sarah saw the biggest rack on a deer either had ever seen; it was truly the definition of a trophy deer. They seem to see the best stuff when Elliott is sleeping, such as the grizzly coming out of Yellowstone that Elliott also missed.) We took a campsite we thought was unoccupied and car camped. About a half hour into everyone's slumber, some campers who apparently were at the site already came back and we were forced to look for another. We found one fairly quickly and finally passed out for the night.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo

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