Finally nine hours of sleep…and it felt great!! We woke up in Castle Rock, just outside of Torrey this morning, a town smaller than Doniphan. It amazes me how unpopulated Utah is and how what little they do have available closes at 5:00. There are no stand alone fast food restaurants, they are included in gas stations, and most are Subway’s.
We grabbed coffee and scones at the Castle Rock Coffee and Candy, very pleased with my Chi Expresso and Kirsten did a Carmel Machiatto. The scones were very good…hit the spot as we headed out.
Our first stop was in Capitol Reef National Park, where we stopped and looked at Petroglyphs on the rock walls, etched by the Fremont Indians. We also meet a nice gentleman who freely gave history on the THOUSANDS found in New Mexico, and how they are depictions of Aliens. Luckily an unsuspecting family came up to where we were and KJ and I slowly made our way to the back of the group and walked away.
Our next stop was at Goblin State Park. Many movies are filmed in this area; such as Star Trek, Lone Ranger, Galaxy Quest, McGuiver to name a few. This park allows you to get down and hands on with the hoodoos. It was fun until we had to climb out and we couldn’t breath. I thought I was going to call 911 for oxygen and was thinking I DEFINATLY have to start an exercise program when I get home…then I realized some of it has to do with our elevation difference. My lungs/body is used to working/operating at 400 ft, we were at 5760 ft. The other day at Bryce we were at 9,000 ft. I know I need to get in shape but this realization made me rest a little easier. <LOL>
From Goblin we headed out and made it to an Interstate where we had cell service and radio stations!!! And made it to our next stop Dead Horse Point Park. It wasn’t what I had pictured from previous photos I had seen…pretty sure July has baked it to a nice brown blah. I was tired and ready to crash out, so we headed to our motel.
Hit a local pizza joint for dinner, it was actually good. We’re staying in Monticello, and heading to Arizona tomorrow. The desk clerk of our motel is from Kansas City, he was excited about them getting fiberoptic Internet and cable service in their town. We’re from a small town/area, but I’m amazed at the desolation here. There is nothing for miles, poor cell service, and no radio. There’s no place to even buy a book… Kirsten is starting to have withdrawals since she finished her one she brought.
Our motel looks like one from Psycho, at first I was wondering what I got us into. Making reservations online is always a gamble. But the desk guy was super nice, it is very clean, and they have Disney Channel (which since tonight is Decendents on Disney, KJ was happy). I personally think it’s better than the Days Inn we stayed at last night.
Until the journey continues…ERM