"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Capitol Reef

We arrived in Capitol Reef on Tuesday around noon. As we traveled from Blanding to Capitol Reef we crossed what was the upper end of Lake Powell. It was amazing, as well as somewhat sad, to see dry land and RV's parked on what was once lake bottom. It must have been a breathtaking sight at one time to look upon all that water in the middle of a red desert landscape. Now it is just mudflats and old driftwood piles where the water level once was. It is depressing to think that it will probably never be full to capacity again with the water demands of the growing Southwest.
We found two of our group already here. After hugs and handshakes we got unhooked and set up in our site. The weather has been variable, to say the least. We had sunshine when we arrived, snow showers intermixed with rain at times, sleet, more sun, and hail. The temperature ranges from the 30's to the 60's, depending on the moment. Both times we have been here in the past it was shorts and tee shirts the whole week. Quite a difference. The locals say it has been a weird Spring. Guess that can be said for everywhere this year.
More of our group arrived on Wednesday with folks from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Colorado, and Kansas arriving. The weather still is fluctuating between sun and rain/snow. We hope things improve today (Thursday) as that is the official start of our little Casita tour. Things are forecast to get much better by Saturday. Sure hope so.
A couple of the pictures are of the Fruita campground and the old Mormon homestead where the fantastic pies, breads, and of course, cherry butter come from. They are baked daily and sold until they are all gone for the day. Having a peach pie for supper tonight.
Took advantage of some clear sky to take a short hike. Pictures never do justice, but I love this red rock and all the textures that wind, water, and blowing sand create.
One of the campground host couples are from Union, MS. They have a wonderfully restored Argosy travel trailer. They once owned a Casita so they were thrilled to see all of us coming in. We invited them to attend one of our Casita rallies in the future.

That's all for now, more when the wifi access shows up again.........

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