Sunday, June 3, 2012

Betty in the National Parks, part 2

After Bryce Canyon, we made our way to Capitol Reef NP with Sadie and Oliver (A Girl to Love).  What a beautiful park!  It's full of gorgeous red rocks and canyons, but it has a historical aspect too.  A Mormon settlement called Fruita was established in the 1880s.  The settlers planted fruit orchards and built a school, which is still standing, in 1896.  There are over 3,000 fruit trees still growing and producing fruit.  The National Park Service maintains the orchards now.  I started to pose Sadie and Oliver with an apple pie I bought at the Gifford Homestead, but I thought one of the rock formations would be a better photo.

Next we spent an afternoon at Natural Bridges National Monument, which has three big bridges.  We did the scenic drive and stopped at the overlooks.  We did hike down to Owachomo Bridge.  Sadie and Oliver posed at the viewpoint on the way back up.