Thursday May 17, day 16 – Today we toured Capitol Reef National Park. Our 6-day detour east from the route Earl and Ethel likely took through central Utah to Bryce Canyon NP took us to three national parks, one national monument, and two state parks. Each one was unique and beautiful. Capitol Reef NP did not disappoint either. The park is very lineal (almost 100 miles long) because of the earth forces that helped to create it. But it is also vertical too. Geologists call it a monocline. We just call it gorgeous! We sought out and found more petroglyphs too.
Tomorrow, on day 17 since leaving home, we catch up with Earl and Ethel again on their honeymoon at Bryce Canyon National Park. Our detour added about 700 miles to the 260 mile route Carl’s parents would have taken. Every mile was worth it!