We packed up the car, said good byes to Jacki and hit the road. Next destination Capitol Reef National Park!

As we approached the park, the landscape began to take on many colors! We observed vibrant reds to dark purples, yellows and grays among other beautiful colors. We decided it best to try to secure a camping spot as quickly as possible, but we stopped at a pull out over looking Chimney Rock just before the camp ground.

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We walked around for a few minutes, searching for small critters and other interesting things to see.

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We came across a Blue Belly lizard.

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And a crooked tree. 🙂

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We stopped at the Goose-neck overlook. The canyon was amazing! People were hiking the river below and looked like tiny ants from our viewpoint.

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We headed to the camp ground, found a spot, got the tent laid out and headed off to further explore the park.

First we took a scenic drive.

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We stopped at a side canyon and got out and explored for a few minutes.

I came across a chipmunk trying to shade and cool its self from the hot sun.

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Shawn captured a picture of a sage lizard.

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We carried on driving until we reached Pleasant Creek and walked around to explore the creek bed for a few minutes.

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Then we traveled to Grand Wash, then up through the narrow canyon.

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We hiked up to Cassidy Arch, a 3.5 mile round trip with a 1,000 ft increase in elevation within the first half mile.

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It wasn’t a difficult trail once you leveled out.

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When the arch came in to view I was very excited, but then said DAMN that’s a long ways to go! I just kept watching my footing and focusing on the trail. Now that the elevation was out of the way, the journey became more bearable.

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And … We made it!!! What an amazing site!

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I snapped a pic while looking back at Shawn from the top of the arch.

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Time to head back to camp, but just one more picture.

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Ok just a couple more pics.

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We got back to camp, had dinner and settled in for the night. We didn’t get any pictures of our camp site this time since it really wasn’t that grand, but it fit the bill and got us through the night.

To be continued…