Friday, June 15, 2012
Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park is a part of the park that most people don't see. The 60-mile loop drive requires high clearance, and begins with a ford of the Fremont River.
Once again, we look like we're looking for a place to kayak, but anything but! There is no water here!
The first part of the drive goes through the Bentonite Hills - not a place where you want to be if it rains. This grey stuff would turn to goo.
Whoa!!! Rusty stuff!!!
Our second stop is the Lower South Desert Overlook.
And this is the Upper Cathedral Valley Overlook, where you can see our goal, the road down in the valley.
On the Eastern end of Cathedral Valley is the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon (the formations in the back.) Looks like something from another planet, huh?
And here in the foreground is Glass Mountain, which consists of crystals of gypsum.
Afterwards, we went back to the main section of the park, where we went to the Gifford Homestead. They have some neat old stuff outside-
And inside. The original home was built in 1908 by polygamist Calvin Pendleton.
I was more interested in the horses outside -
But the guys were more interested in being guys...