Thursday, July 09, 2009

day one: mile markers

We came to the southern part of our state for our adventures this time.

This part of the country has lots of things to keep us busy for a few days, and we're going to do our very best to salute it.

We began today by driving through Capital Reef.
Right away Eric and the babes discovered a robber fly, which was interesting, because they were just discussing this fascinating creature (Eric and Trev call them the Boba Fett of the insect world) the day before. Gotta love something that will capture any other insect -including bees and adding spiders- to inject neurotoxic and proteolytic enzymes to paralyze and digest the insides of other insects so they can suck out the innerds. shlep.

Trev got out his Fossil Finder and headed down a trail with his daddy and sister.
He found a rock that made for a fine shovel for digging fossils... but no luck finding a fossil.
But we're early in our trip yet...

We chose our motel (it's a good one, owned by hippie desert rats-- our favorite kind) and after making it our home (read: making it look like we've been living here for a month) and resting, we headed down the road... looking for a bit of beautiful water in the desert.
The children had earlier in the day been introduced to mile markers, and I'm pretty sure that Maddie will have a keen familiarity of numbers before this trip is through.

Upper Calf Falls trail was a six hundred plus foot descent to the bottom of the falls, in less than a mile.
Over slickrock slabs. Enough to give a Mama or Daddy a heart attack and tell the babes repeatedly "slow and easy".
But we made it.
The rock itself was mostly white sandstone, with these purplish black lava rocks everywhere, carried from from glaciers during the ice age. An interesting combination.

We met our very own dung beetle. Who knew?

note: for scale, on the top of the cliff you can see two trees on the mid-left side.

the bottom of the falls

Home again, home again, jiggety jig...

and we'll see tomorrow what else we'll find....


  1. Wow, what beautiful pictures. It is neat to see, as I have never seen a desert-type environment except in books.

  2. Fantastically beautiful. I love your photography. Grand that you found a suitable place to stay :)

    My boys love the beetle photo. We are all about the bugs!

  3. What a beautiful place, Stephanie! I like that you make it your home (and invite us in!).

  4. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous adventure! We really need to get out to your neck of the woods for something different!

  5. What a wonderful adventure! Beautiful photos :)
    Gina xxx

  6. Wow! Gorgeous pictures, I can only imagine how excited the kids are!

  7. You are really surrounded with beauty! Looking forward to day two.

  8. Gorgeous pictures! I especially like the weather-eroded sandstone with the vein of (what???) running through it. Sweet!

  9. Now that is an outstanding trip. Sometimes the things that don't pan out turn out amazing in the end!

  10. To live in a place with so much diversity in nature. Every place a new different color or texture or ruin or attitude. Great trip.


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