Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon

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July 15th 2020
Published: July 16th 2020
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Monday, 13 July, 2020

We left hot, hot Moab and drove to Capitol Reef National Park, with beautiful ever-changing scenery along the way. We saw rain clouds form and it looked like rain falling in places, but decided it must be virga. When we were within 20 miles of Capitol Reef we ran into real rain. Not a drizzle or a shower, but big downpours. They would only last a few minutes, then stop, then pour again. It did cause the temperature to drop from 100 to 64 at one point.

Our campground was at Fruita, which is a beautiful green valley along the Fremont River, full of fruit trees and deer and surrounded by beautiful colorful cliffs. We took it easy all afternoon, letting Timmy ride his bike while we enjoyed the somewhat cooler weather.

Tuesday, 14 July

The cooler night that was forecast was very late in arriving. It was a pretty steamy night until the wee hours of the morning.

After breakfast we took a scenic drive to see what else made this park so special. The colors, the rock formations, the cliffs, the diversity all were breathtaking. I took so many pictures that it was hard to choose which to post.

Timmy again spent his afternoon riding his bike and watching the deer around the campground.

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Last night was much cooler. We all slept better and ended up under covers by morning.

The drive to Bryce Canyon on Highway 12 was an adventure. It was all ups and downs and arounds and arounds. Some grades were as much as 14%, so you know Kerry was not thrilled. The trip was only about 130 miles, but took us close to 3 hours.

We got set up at Sunset Campground in Bryce Canyon National Park and went to see the hoodoos and views from the overlooks. Then we stopped at Sunset Canyon to let Timmy hike down a short trail. He was supposed to make a loop, but missed his turn and ended up taking about a five mile hike. We were near panic by the time he showed up!

Then when we returned to the campground there was a note on
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the camper saying we were in the wrong site. I had looked at my notes and read site 208, but it was actually supposed to be site 228. The folks who had reserved 208 agreed to trade sites so we didn’t have to move.

An exhausting few days, but full of beautiful scenery.

More later…

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looks egyptian
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Timmy's down there

16th July 2020

Better temps and Timmy adventure
Timmy sure gave you a scare glad he's ok, a true Magee!!
16th July 2020

Better temps and Timmy adventure
Timmy sure gave you a scare glad he's ok, a true Magee!!
16th July 2020

Great pics
Super photos as usual, Charlie! Looks like some nice weather, even with the downpours once in a while...cools things down. I’ve been to a few of those places; Ed has gone to a few more with his camping buddy... Always love the neat scenery in those NP in Utah! Enjoy! Stay safe! ♥️
17th July 2020

Charlie, your blog and bring back precious memories of our trip out west with you, Kerry and Ethan! What a wonderful trip it was! Enjoy your time with Timmy! You are wonderful grandparents!🥰
19th July 2020

Blogs going to our junk mail.
Not sure why this happened, but Bob said if I go to “previous” blogs I’ll be able to see all of them—-thank goodness!!! I love all the pictures, Is Timmy 10 years old already? Amazing how fast they grow up!!!!

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