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Capitol Reef: More Red Rocks (Day 127)

November 23rd, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Went on an actual little hike at Capitol Reef (National Park). It’s the national park in Utah that no one wants to talk about. Probably due to all the scandals and all.

Chimney Rock Loop, with about 3 miles of additional canyon thrown in.

capitol-reef-chimney-rock 1The rock they named the trail after. Curiously, it’s not much a part of the route’s scenery.

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capitol-reef-chimney-rock 3Evidence I was there — and that the moustache was still alive and well as of Day 127.

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capitol-reef-chimney-rock 5I’m always impressed by the trees that manage to make a living out here. And by contrails.

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capitol-reef-chimney-rock 7Birds could live here. Or rock-climbing gnomes.

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capitol-reef-chimney-rock 9Just trying to imagine the wind that blew the pinecone (or whatever) here in the first place…

capitol-reef-chimney-rock 11The rocks also make me think of the U2: Live at Red Rocks video, which then reminds me that someone thought it was a good idea to put songs like “Party Girl” on the video/album, which then makes me remember there’s a reason I never owned U2’s Live at Red Rocks video.

capitol-reef-chimney-rock 12And do the trees get lonely?

capitol-reef-chimney-rock 14Looking west from the top of the switchbacks.

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Yeah, I guess I’m mostly over captions.

BTW, another park with a ranger who gave good advice on a hike. She also seemed somewhat outraged that every photo of Bryce Canyon that she’d ever seen in a calendar pictured Bryce during winter with snow on the Hoodoos. It *is* an outrage.

Just FWIW in case you care etc. etc., I liked Capitol Reef. It’s more subtle and less in-your-face than Bryce or Arches — more just a place to hang out than to have to confront. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I know it’s true. FWIW.


  1. bice710
    November 23rd, 2009 at 17:47 | #1

    Thanks for going with the old school “mou” spelling rather than mustache. So déclassé. Should I mail you some wax?

  2. telkontar
    November 23rd, 2009 at 18:46 | #2

    Confront the parks, man! They’ll just mock you otherwise.
    The Stache makes you look like your grandfather with a little of the distaff side thrown in. (Yes, your Stache is capitalized (not expensed).)
    U2 sux, but the party girl might have been interesting. (Do actually buy music videos– I did not know they existed.) What scandals?
    Riders of the Purple Sage seems to be about these canyons. Watch out for rustlers. And for Mormons (according to Zane Grey).
    The seeds ride to the mesa in bird poop. Haven’t you ever been to a natural history museum?
    Aspen are best in autumn, before the fall. Orange, yellow, and pink.
    [End stream of consciousness now.]

  3. MD
    November 24th, 2009 at 15:16 | #3

    should have gone to Fruita while you were there

  1. December 8th, 2009 at 11:47 | #1