Last October we met my husband’s brother and sister-in-law in Utah for a week of hiking and travel. We visited Arches National Park and then moved on to Capital Reef.
The campground was full—fall is a popular time of year in Utah, as the summer heat is mellowed and the cottonwood trees are turning color. We found an informal campsite outside the park, and enjoyed a quiet night, free from the campfire smoke that makes me no great fan of campgrounds. It got cold, though—down to about 20, I think.
|Dining out in style. In the late afternoon it was warm in the sun, chilly in the shade.|
In the morning we sent the guys off on a very long hike, which I couldn’t do because of my plantar fasciitis. Carol and I did our own explorations. These included a stop for pies at the little park bakery shop, and I noticed that they’d had the sprinklers running all night, icing the lawn and an overhanging tree.
Sure enough, deep in there, I found water.
|The leaves, water-striders, and tadpoles seemed to segregate themselves.|
|More sandstone patterns|
The mild micro-climate in the canyon along the Fremont river made it an appealing spot for a settlement in the early 1900s. The cottonwood in color behind the schoolhouse caught my eye. The schoolhouse could easily be the one where Big Al teaches in the Ninja Librarian books.
|Desk with book and slate|
|If you look closely, the benches have desks attached to the back for the student behind. The front row is out of luck! The strip on the left of the photo is the reflection in the window :)|
|It wasn’t the trail. But there was a good view out there...|
|A list of names high up on the canyon wall. Unsurprisingly, they are all male, and I’ll bet all young men :)|
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