after our LOOOONG stay in moab, we finally made our way to the next stop on our epic stretch through the utah national parks – capitol reef. we got in late friday night, so we had all day saturday to explore.
we decided to check out the fruita historic district part of the park. back in the day it was home to various tribes of native folks. then some mormon homesteaders settled the area. even though most of the surrounding area is arid desert, this flood plain region provides a pretty good spot for folks trying to forge a life.
after our pies and ice cream, we decided to do some apple picking in the orchards. you can eat as much as you want while picking, and pay $2 a pound to take out a bounty. when we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by a friendly deer, strolling around the orchard, having his pick of unwanted apples.
we took a drive down the scenic road through the park, scouting hiking options for the week. it was pretty awesome. and i’m glad we did it, because thanks to a cold, we didn’t get to do as much hiking as we’d hoped.
and that’s our first day at capitol reef. the end.