Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hiking Capital Reef

June 22
The morning we left Lake Powell, we decided to stop at the Glen Canyon dam and do a tour of it. This is the third time I’ve toured a dam, and every time, I’m amazed at the engineering that went into designing each dam.

Afterwards, we continued on to Capital Reef National Park for more cool canyons and rock formations. One of our first stops was to see some pertroglyphics on the canyon wall. The carvings were over 600 years old, and luckily hadn’t been defaced.

From there, we went for a four-mile hike called Grand Wash, where the further we went, the narrower the gap between the 80-story canyon walls got. As the sun got hotter, and our water lower, we decided to turn around and head back before the end.

For lunch, we stopped in a picnic area next to the Fremont river and ate under the shade of several cottonwood trees. It was a refreshing break after our grueling walk, and it was made even more pleasant by the sight of four deer walking by and grazing on the grass.

The highlight of the day was our afternoon walk though. It was a .7 mile hike in Sulphur Creek through red, occasionally muddy water that offered welcomed relief from the heat. At the end was a small but strong waterfall and a swimming hole that we had fun dunking ourselves in and soothing our tired bodies. There was no one else there, so we felt like we’d discovered our own private spot to enjoy.

We capped off the day with a fabulous Mexican feast at a local restaurant in honour of Father’s Day.

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