Bob Neuman and David Ruether
Trip to the South Western US
May - June 2005
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK
Our motel room had a great view of part of the 100 mile long cliff of the Waterpocket Fold, seen through the rear double glass door that let out onto the balcony. At night, we left the door next to the bed open and pulled the curtains aside and enjoyed the view in the evening and again in the morning. We drove along this cliff for many miles, stopping at some features along the way, including an overlook for Sulfur Creek in a deep gorge (photos 3, 4, and 5). We drove into the deep and narrow Capitol Gorge through the Waterpocket Fold and continued past the end of the paving to the parking area at the end, then walked further until heat discouraged us from continuing. It was interesting to find here a rock wall with many dated signatures of pioneers who had passed through this narrow passageway on their way west. We also saw the remains of settlements and farms, now museum pieces.
We stopped at a gas station and store that had been cut into the rock in Hanksville, with
only the door showing outside the rock, then we drove on to Arches National Park and Moab, Utah. It may have been near here that we were stopped on the main highway by a cattle drive up the road, with cowboys and all. It seemed (almost) straight out of old cowboy movies...
taken by Bob Neuman and edited and adjusted by David Ruether)
(All photographs Copyright 2005 Robert Neuman)
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