DAY 16 / H I C K M A N B R I D G E
Less frequented than the other UT national parks, Capitol Reef is an experience much different than Bryce Canyon, especially. Just as breathtaking as the other four, it deserves an equal amount of appreciation. The setting was incredibly still and peaceful and we welcomed those moments of solitude. When I close my eyes and imagine this place, the first thing I see is golden sandstone against a deep blue sky.
DAY 3 - Capitol Reef National Park 🌱🌲🌰🌝
Visiting this park gives you a real feel for what the earth might have been like millions of years ago!
It is much less crowded than Zion and Bryce but equally stunning with spectacular colored cliffs, hidden arches, massive domes, and deep canyons. .
1. Hickman bridge - 2 miles (easy)
Sunset at Capital Reef 🏜 A lot less people and unworn trails. Hiked to Hickman Bridge. Had our second real meal which was pizza 🍕 🤗Then slept in a covered wagon.
Fun fact: Bridge vs Arch = A natural bridge is formed by flowing water. An natural arch is formed by weathering processes 🤓
The famous Hickman Bridge in Capitol Dreef, Utah. It was quite a climb in the heat but worthwhile. #hickmanbridge
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” #hickmanbridge
The western outdoors always remind us how small we are.
Even in this picture, can you even spot my kids?
Capitol Reef National Park is one of the smaller and less renown of the #MightyFive
, but it is no less impressive. Y'all know I'm rarely at a loss for words, but honestly there are none to describe how incredible these places are.
We climbed the equivalent of 35 floors this morning, then shortly after Jamin shut my fingers in the car window. Like kept his finger on the button wondering why it wasn't closed because I was in one of those "this hurts so I'm frozen" states. Why does that happen? Why can't I just say hey Jamin, my fingers are there?? So my ass AND my fingers are aching this afternoon.
Anyways, also if y'all didn't know...
The National Park Service offers a program called "Every Kid In A Park" allowing current fourth grade students and their families free entrance into any federal park until August of 2019. It's super easy to go online and print your paper pass, when you use it the first time the ranger gives you a permanent card for your fourth grader to sign and keep.
Layla felt so special and has been tickled knowing she'll have saved us 190 dollars in park entrance fees by the end of this trip.
#EveryKidInAPark #PlayOutside #BrownsBeRoadTrippin #VisitUtah #CapitolReefNationalPark #HickmanBridge #AdventureBuddies #NeverStopExploring #laylasnpbucketlist