Eating Apples and Writing Poetry With Deer, Snow and Rainbows, Good Friends and Scenic Drives: This is Capitol Reef and Life in the Fall at Cedar Breaks

Taking another detour from Glacier National Park and Oregon. I forgot my notebook and so much has happened since then I can’t detail it.

First order of business, SNOW! (At Cedar Breaks)

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That’s Brian Head Peak

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Aspens on the Alpine Pond Trail

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Engelmann Spruce and Subalpine Fir on the Alpine Pond Trail

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Alpine Pond

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Cedar Breaks Amphitheater

It was here and now it’s gone. Back to summer for a bit. Caught this rainbow yesterday walking through the lava flows just out in my back yard. It took four panorama panels to get the whole thing in the picture.

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Cedar City District of the Dixie National Forest

Lets talk Capitol Reef, shall we? Shaded greens and fruit trees hidden between stone steps, risen meadows, and multi-colored chimneys. Who do we say we are even to speak; to keep our own pace among the masses; the tons; the heaps of forces larger than all life?  This is bigger than force and the tales we use as a way to get by. I hear you coming in with a rumble giving everything a way to get by. Change your inevitable medium. Every time we look, nothing is the same and that is the only constant.  Rocks and ash falling down. Trees breaking apart. New. Regeneration. Water re-thinking her art; rearranging everything. I fall in and let it all wash over me and leave before the sun sets on it all. 

Well… the deer sure enjoyed my word ramble. DSCN2268

I went to Capitol Reef to visit some new friends Len and Nancy who have been traveling the world since Len’s retirement in 2007. They keep a great log of their adventures, check it out Lens Travels.

It’s a bit hard to tell from this photo in one of the apple orchids of Historic Fruita and with all those extra ears around, but I am in the middle of aimless nowhere, surrounded by desert and jagged peaks. (As if this is a new circumstance as of late). DSCN1637

Keep following that road and you end up in the orchards. These photos may put it in better perspective. DSCN1652 DSCN1654 DSCN1655 DSCN1684

The three of us weren’t stationary for long. We headed on a four mile hike called Chimney Rock. You can see why it is called such.

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The views on this hike are outstanding and feature many panoramas of the Water Pocket Fold. The Water Pocket fold is a 100 mile fold in the earth’s crust due to faulting during the Laramide Orogeny (a huge mountain building event that took place 50 to 70 million years ago). The rock layers on the west side of the fold are raised 7,000 feet higher than on the east. The name Water Pocket Fold comes from the continual erosion of the sandstone in the formation creating basins throughout it. If you would like to know more on the geology of Capitol Reef check out the NPS Geology of Capitol Reef website. (There will be other pictures of the Fold later in the post.)

Here are some landscape shots from the hike.  

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We went for a drive the next day; taking route 12 to Boulder, Utah and then onto Burr Trail Road. Burr Trail Road drives through the northern part of Escalante going through The Gulch, Circle Cliffs, and Long Canyon and eventually connects to Capitol Reef with spectacular views of the Water Pocket Fold. For information on this and other drives check out Roads – Capitol Reef.

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