We're staying in the pretty and quiet Thousand Lakes RV Park, in an excellent end site with a view of red rock cliffs from our door.
|View from our front yard.|
The afternoon we arrived we took a short leg-stretcher hike into the colorful canyons nearby. It's impossible not to be awed by the beauty around us.
|Seen on unnamed trail off hwy 12, just West of Capitol Reef NP.|
Yesterday we hiked about 9 miles from the Chimney Rock trail head. We went down Chimney Rock Canyon, turned upstream into Spring Canyon for about a mile, then back to Chimney Rock for the views. Going upstream in Spring Canyon gave us an unusual feature for this area, water!
|A petrified log seen from the Chimney Rock trail.|
|Chimney Rock Canyon.|
|Heading upstream in Spring Canyon there are lots of cottonwoods.|
We followed the tiny stream from two springs for about a mile.
|LOVE the crazy designs formed by wind and water in sandstone!|
|It's mostly sandy walking in the canyon bottoms, |
fortunately the scenery will take your mind off the trudging...
|Dramatic walls wearing their best pinstripes.|
|The views from Chimney Rock Mesa are breathtaking and the wind was about to blow Hans off the edge!|
|The Waterpocket Fold stretches out before us, a bit hazy due to the dusty, windy conditions.|
|Pretty Pallid Milkweed.|
Check out this moth we saw in the RV park...it is huge, at least three inches long.
|Love the antennas!|
Today we have unsettled weather, very cold, chance of rain; we're even getting the tiniest of snow flurries! Seems like a good day to snuggle up in our RV cocoon, enjoy the awesome view out our window and let our bodies rest up from all the hiking we've done lately!