Monday, September 07, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
That title might make you think we are near the ocean. But I don't think it is possible to hike that sort of reef. We are in Utah, exploring Capitol Reef National Park. We have done 3 hikes on the Waterpocket Fold. That is an uplift revealing "a nearly complete set of Mesozoic-era sedimentary layers," according to the park's Geology information.
Our first hike was a 3 1/2 mile hike to Cohab Canyon. This is the backdrop for the Visitor Center.
Our second hike was to Hickman Bridge. A bridge looks like an arch but it is carved out by water, rather than wind and sand.
The rocks in Capitol Reef come in many different colors. The deep red stone is rich in oxidized iron. Here is a hill of light pink stone. We saw this as we were driving through the park.
Our third hike was through the Grand Wash, a gorge that cuts its way through the upper portion of the Waterpocket Fold. Though the trail is long--3.5 miles one way--it is almost level, with only a 200 foot change in elevation. The trail was the busiest we have seen here in the park.
One hiker who passed us asked if we would like him to take a picture of the two of us together in the Wash.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Yesterday we drove from Moab to Torrey, Utah. We had been exploring the area around Arches National Park and now we are in the Capitol Reef National Park area. More and different rock formations. Utah is amazing.
As we left Moag, we were surrounded by cliffs of red and pink stone.
I hope you enjoyed the scenery driving south from Moab to Torrey. We plan lots of hiking in the next couple of weeks so I will be showing a lot more of the wonderful Utah scenery.