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Team: South
Lorie McGraw
Monday, September 16
Rugged Beauty
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Capital Reef: Fruita Campgound lawn ornaments

Capital Reef: Fruita Campgound lawn ornaments
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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The Devil's Bookcase:  Capital Reef National Monument

The Devil's Bookcase: Capital Reef National Monument
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

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Entrance to Grand Wash, Capitol Reef National Monument

Entrance to Grand Wash, Capitol Reef National Monument
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

Leaving Calf Creek this morning I was once again struck with the beauty and ruggedness of the terrain around here. The first settlers in this area must have been brave souls, and determined as well. It is quite amazing to think that the route that we traveled into Escalate from Calf Creek, a mere 10 miles, took us about 20 minutes, yet that same route would have taken a day or more by wagon, and about a half-day by horseback.
Last night I took some pictures of the cliffs around Calf Creek that were bathed in moonlight. They did not appear well on the camera, but I can still see them in my mind. So many of our best pictures reside there, don’t they?

Yesterday I took a quick ride to see an astounding view along Hells Backbone plus the little bridge that crosses it. Two years ago, when my family and I were in this area, we tried the road to Hells Backbone, but at that time it was severely washboarded and was so jolting that we became afraid for our vehicle and we turned back. Yesterday the road was far better, and I went to the bridge plus beyond, looking down into Death-Hollow Wilderness Area, a mind-numbing drop into jagged gorges and defiles. Over and over I stopped for pictures, but they are weak in comparison to the real thing.

As I travel this incredible landscape I think over the thousands of days that I have spent on public lands as a child, a young adult hiking and camping, and as a parent and Boy Scout volunteer. What would happen if they were sold into private ownership and were not here for my grandchildren? What a dreary thought that is.

We are in Capitol Reef National Monument today. My family and I visited this wonderful place 2 years ago when we did our Western Tour. It was one of the places that we all wanted to come back to and spend more time. It is even more beautiful than I rememeber it. When we arrived at the group site there were 3 deer pretending to be lawn ornaments on this nice green grass lawn (Grass!!! Not Sand or dirt!!!). There are also pear and apple trees, so we pick pears and eat our fill. Yummmmmmm!

I will go and try to get some pictures of the area later. One place that I want to photograph is a place near the Visitor's Center that my son Patrick called the Devil's Bookshelf. It is a ravine where rectangular slabs of sandstone have slid off, looking like an overturned bookcase. I will put a link up
3:30 It is now late afternoon and we wonder where our volunteer techie, Marlene, is. She left just after us and was going to Escalante for a shower, but then she was to meet us here in Capitol Reeef at the Fruita Campground. Bob is going to look for her, we just hope that she hasn't landed in a ravine somewhere. We still need maps done, and we sure need her help. We have been at the campground since 9:30 this morning and she still is not here.

5:30 Well, Marlene just rolled in all sheepish. Turns out that she went to the wrong campground, set up her tent and them fell asleep. Thank goodness she is okay.

9:30 Marlene, Cathy and I are going to go out and see the cliffs in the park by moonlight. It will be a full moon next week, and right now it looks like a porchlight shining on the Navajo Sandstone. It is so beautiful, and I am glad that I have friends to share it with.
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