After traveling the full length of Eastern Utah, I started wondering if there was anything left that would surprise me. I had seen every color and shape of rock. Time after time I would see a drop dead gorgeous view, only to go around the next bend and see another different drop dead gorgeous view.
I am enamored with Utah and yet humbled by my lack of previous knowledge of the wonders contained within it's state borders. Previously I would have considered Utah a drive-by state but then my prior experience only involved interstate travel as I raced through on my way to another destination.
I will admit it, I am awestruck with Utah. But I had begun to think that maybe I had seen it all. At this point I had seen two of the National Parks and several Utah State Parks. When a friend suggested I change my itinerary and make time to go to Capitol Reef and I would not be sorry, I doubted there was anything left that would surprise me.
This was very much like I have lived my life, always planning for a future event. Living in anticipation of the next big event. When I first approached full-timing, I spent nearly a year getting ready and dreaming out the 'great' adventure before I actually was ready to take off on the life changing adventure. It took more than a year to sell off, donate and rid myself of all the worldly possessions I had dedicated my life to accumulating.
I did do some adventures during that time but my energy was mostly focused on the future and what I could do for the future and what I had to do to get to the future travels. In some respects found myself sleep walking through many of those days while anticipating all the good times to come.
The wash during powerful rains the rushing water brings gravel, rocks and debris often resulting in flash floods
|In a wash rocks often are deposited in the erosion pockets|
I left some time for adventures but most of my efforts were spent doing the daily to do list rather than being open to what ever comes and embracing the little moments along the way.
Since life offers no guarantees we will ever achieve our dreams... I say.... live your dreams today and every day in every way possible!
Capitol Reef is a such a mix of color red, white, yellow, light and dark all splashed green. What a kaleidoscope of color.
I had hoped to stay at the campground in Capitol Reef. Since it is a reservation campground, it was full, full, full. A shower sounded nice and soothing for these travel weary campers. As always I was on the look out for boondocking possibilities as we traveled along the way. We passed a road just before getting to the park to the north that I spied some campers along a river road. So back we went.
Here were some of the sites along the road.
Well it was bound to happen. I checked out the road. Saw on the map that it went on to Cathedrial valley a long ways up the road. Saw that the road seemed to be maintained and that there were a few other campers along the way... All good signs. We wound around the budding cottonwoods amoung the campsites looking for the perfect river site view. I could hear it but not see it.
Now the sites without a river view looked pretty darn good!