Doing the Nat'l Parks with sensory overload
Southeastern Utah is literally one big national park. Even though we were behind schedule
we simply had to do some more sightseeing in this picturesque state. First stop was
Capitol Reef, UT
That morning the visitors' center was already crowded before 11 AM. Obviously we weren't
the only ones who wanted to enjoy the grandeur of the red cliff formations. A narrow road
wound its way through the landscape. Following it was like riding a roller coaster. At
several interesting sites we stopped and took pictures.
By this time we had been on the road for more than 2 weeks. We had already seen so much it
was getting difficult to digest new sensory input. Surely we didn't spend the necessary
time at each of the fantastic sites. Majestic rock formations unlike anything else in the
world were bypassed without much thought; it had become somewhat commonplace.
After covering Capitol Reef, the winding back roads led us to Arches Nat'l Park, which was
less crowded than the previous site. We parked the cars and hiked into the landscape
following the carefully marked paths. As we caught a glimpse of the first arch, we found
ourselves on a rock with what seemed like a 150-feet vertical drop on two sides. There was
no railing so standing at the edge was certainly not for the faint-hearted. After
verifying the awe-inspiring drop each of us kept at a safe distance. It shouldn't be a big
deal, standing at the brink of a chasm. You can stand at the top of a long staircase
without thinking twice about it yet you can't face a drop like the one that we
It wasn't easy finding a cheap motel in Grand Junction. In fact we drove around for about
an hour before we found something suitable. After checking in, we went for some food. Dave
called Karla Frank, a Swiss girl who had moved to Colorado. They set up a meeting the next
day. Karla played on a soccer team and we were to meet her at a local tournament.
See more photos from June 1.
Go to the next page in the Diary (June 2).