Cross-Country Trip, Day Four:
From Tropic, UT to Blanding, UT
More driving through the vast landscapes of southern Utah...
En route to Capital Reef National Park, we drove along/through Grand
Staircase-Escalante National Monument; it was
pretty impressive, and would probably make a bigger impact if not for
the fact that it is surrounded by some of the most
amazing creations on the continent.
A view down at a switchback we would be driving down just a few minutes
after this photo was taken...
Just below this view there was a single solitary house...what a crazy
place to live. Nothing but crazy rock formations
for miles in every direction.
Reef National Park
The beginning of the vast Capital Reef, a park we only managed to
scratch the surface of.
A goosenecking river, running low in the winter but surely flush with
water during the spring melt...
A close-up of interesting formations on the rock surfaces caused by the
Capital Reef had one of the clearest deliniations between the different
rock strata of any of the parks I've ever been to.
Look closely - petroglyphs!!!
I think this was the first house built in the area, just a one-room,
dirt-floor shack. If this were in the Bay Area it would
probably sell for $750K as a "fixer-upper".
Driving along the lonely highways of a very desolate landscape.
A gas station literally built into the side of a rock mountain. I
even went inside to use the bathroom and the walls were all
chiseled out rock.
During the two plus hour drive between Capital Reef and Natural Bridges
National Park, we probably didn't pass more
than a half-dozen cars. I've never experienced desolation like
that in my life.
Bridges National Monument
Look closely, you'll see the natural bridge. There were three in
the park, and it was pretty neat, but overall this park was
a little underwhelming. Probably a combination of having some
other very impressive sights the last few days, and being
so far from the actual natural bridges without undertaking a decent
The second bridge. Since it was the late afternoon the light
wasn't being particularly cooperative with producing
decent photos of the formations.
Not a natural bridge.
The third bridge, and the most easily accesible one.
We hiked down close to it - the photo really distorts the actual scale
of this bridge...this thing in actuality was probably
at least a 100 feet high or thereabouts. Since we could easily
get close to it, obviously this was the most impressive
of the bunch.