How is your summer going? We have been taking a few over night and day trips. The above photo is from Upper Calf Creek Falls -- a favorite hike with our family. The hike down has some slick rock and is quite an easy hike once you get past the slick rock. At the end of the hike, you are rewarded with a refreshing waterfall pond. On this particular day we had 90 minutes to ourselves before twenty-four people arrived -- yes, twenty-four! You feel as if you are in a tropical oasis in the desert. The way back up is more strenuous over the slick rock, but if you have dipped in the pool, you will be cool most of the way up. Bring lots of water and sunscreen. If you have forgot your bathing suit, just jump in with your clothes on -- many people do.
I had some fun taking photos of my lambs jumping. The sun was just right for shadows. Calf Creek Falls is on Highway 12 near Boulder, Utah. It is located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Some people slide on the waterfall into the pool. I am not telling you whether I did or not.
About an hour away from Calf Creek Falls lies the little town of Fruita, Utah. It was settled by Mormon Pioneers and it was abandoned in 1955 when it became part of Capitol Reef National Park.
Although the people left, the orchards remain; there are about 2,500 trees. The orchards are preserved and taken care of the National Park Service as an "historic landscape."
Apricots were in season.
The park maintains a "U-Pick" operation; apricots were a $1.00 per pound.
Talley, my youngest picking apricots.
The park service has a gift shop; we can't resist their pies sold in this home.
This is a blackberry one which we consumed readily. Although a bit pricey, they are very small, at $5.00, they are very delicious.
I hope you enjoyed out little day trip. Thanks for dropping by my Red Couch.