Sunday, September 25, 2011

More About The Reef

On this trip to Capitol Reef, we did something new every day. When we arrived, we selected a camp site in the walk-in area, mainly because it was the best option available. Tuesday we drove the Notom-Bullfrog Road down to the Burr Trail, and then took the Burr Trail over to Highway 12 at Boulder. That was truly amazing. Friday I hiked the Cohab Canyon Trail from the campground to Highway 24, and then followed the highway back to the campground (not very smart on my part and my legs are still sore as a result of that hike). Saturday we drove down to Pleasant Creek and walked along the creek a bit. Here are a couple of photos from the trip.

On Saturday, we decided to drive through Capitol Gorge on our way back from Pleasant Creek. Now, there is a sign at the entrance to the dirt road into the gorge stating that no vehicles over 27 feet long should try the drive. Well, a little way in we began seeing what appeared to be Japanese tourists taking photos along the side of the road. Merilee remarked that they must have walked a bit to get where we saw them. The we saw why they were there. The driver of their tour bus (yes, bus....much more than 27 feet long) had taken the bus down into the gorge on the dirt road. We hurried to the parking lot and turned around as quick as we could because we did not want to get stuck in the gorge should the bus become stuck trying to turn around. The road is very narrow and rather rough, so I have no idea how they got as far as they got. I also have no idea how long it took them to get it out.

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