Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Starvation State Park

May 22-24, 2016

Sunday we were on the road by 10am headed to Duchesne UT and Starvation State Park. An interesting ride with a summit of 9100' on US 191, about 30 miles south of Duchesne the 4+ mile climb to the top starts, 8% grade most of the way. The descent is 2+ miles of 8% and many miles of 4-5% grades. Makes us really appreciate the Chevy 3500 diesel dually we now have. We arrived at Starvation SP about 2, what a welcome change. We have a beach front site, only 3 other campers and not a rental rv to be found, what a great place to spend a few days decompressing. 

Monday neither one of us felt like going anywhere so we enjoyed a long walk, got the canoe in the water...Dave caught himself some lunch, spent some time reading along the shoreline and ended the day with a campfire. What a great day...loving our full time rv lifestyle.

Tuesday neither one of wanted to go anywhere again. With great Verizon wifi I spent the day catching up the blog from our Capitol Reef NP visit and Dave went fishing. No pictures but it was a wonderful day spent relaxing and enjoying the moment.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hiking in Capitol Reef NP

May 19-21, 2016

Thursday was once again move day. In order to avoid the 10-12% grades on Scenic Byway UT 12 we did a little backtracking, UT 12 to Rt 89 to UT 62 to UT 24, no steep grades and some beautiful scenery. We stayed at Thousand Lakes RV Park, about 10 miles from Capitol Reef, as you can see we couldn't use the fire pit since the neighbors slide was over it, poor planning on the parks part.  The rv park was nice but there's no Verizon signal and their internet wasn't that great, I'm way behind on blog reading.

We arrived early on Thursday so we were able to get a few hikes in. Our first hike was the Grand Wash hike, listed as easy this hike follows a large wash for 2 miles ending near the Cassidy Arch trail.

This poor sheep had a broken foot, don't know how he got down in the wash but he clearly wasn't climbing back out.


After the Grand Wash we stopped at a pull over area where there were numerous Petroglyphs.

The final area we visited was Goosenecks and Sunset Point.

Friday morning our warm up hike was to Hickman Natural Bridge, a  moderate 2 miles (round trip) trail with about 400' elevation gain.

Our big hike of the day was to Cassidy Arch, a strenuous 3.4 (round trip) trail with 900' of elevation gain.

Saturday we decided to take it easy and do just one hike. Chimney Rock hike is 3.7 (round trip) strenuous hike with 700' elevation gain.

Until next time...