Late Thursday afternoon we arrived in Torrey, after almost leaving Sophie in Provo as she made another great escape while we were getting ready. That poor cat really needs a home on a farm where she can roam at will.
Mark and Bobbie came in as we were trying to pick a spot to park, and we all found a level, fairly private place.
We’re parked in a popular dispersed camping area just outside of Capitol Reef National Park a few miles from Torrey, too close to Hwy 24, but the scenery can’t be beat and it’s free. We are here because we can get a little bit of a Verizon signal, enough at least to check email but not much else, but there are places in town with wifi. Mark had another area in mind but it was a dead zone, and we are all too used to being connected.
Yesterday we hiked to Cassidy Arch in the national park. Mark said we would need two cars to do a shuttle hike, and we had to laugh about that because last year when we did a two car shuttle hike in Zion our 7-8 mile hike turned out to be 11-12. This was just going to be about 3.5 miles, a nice warm-up for some longer hikes to come. We started at the Grand Wash trailhead and ended at the Cohab Canyon trailhead near the campground.
We really love being back in the red rocks of Utah and it was a perfect day for a hike. Of course it ended up being 6.2 miles, almost double what we thought, but hey, we’re hiking with the Box Canyon gang and learned early on not to believe what they tell us!
There was a big group rappelling inside the arch.
Our gang of gawkers, Debbie, me, Bobbie and Mark.
Such dramatic scenery.
Last evening Mark and Bobbie’s friends Maikel and Susan arrived with their tent, deciding to leave their Airstream in Colorado. This morning we hiked up the steep, rocky trail above our site.
Susan, Bobbie, and Maikel goofing off in front of the pyramid.
Many people pull in late and just spend the night, since the park campground has been filling by late afternoon.
And this afternoon Mr. Occupation of Independence himself pulled in with his sweet dog Coffee Girl. Tomorrow I believe Jim and Allison (Allison’s Post Work Thinking) will be in town, and we may have convinced John and Pam (Oh, The Places They Go) to head to Torrey after they check out Great Basin. We’re also hoping Suzanne can get her Tracker running so she can get the hell out of Texas and join us, too! Anyone else out there? Just surprise us. The weather couldn’t be better, and looks like it will stay that way for the next 10 days.
Oh, and Jim wanted me to ask what our blog readers thought this looked like. He said a duck, but I’ve never seen a duck with a face quite like that.