Friday, July 3, 2015

Capital Reef N. P., June 5-6, 2015

Thunderstorm over Boulder Mountain.

My granddaughter, Lydia, with a better beard than I'll ever grow!

Trail to Hickman Bridge, while it's still dry.

Pretty girls. Harper and her Momma.

I think these are Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaecantha).

The rain starts, and we hide out in a sandy cave next to a small bridge over the forming stream. My grandson testing the waters. 

Couldn't ask for a better spot to wait out the weather.

Owen still testing the water . . .

Lydia and Harper playing tin the sand.

Harper heaven!

Rain getting heavy, just before a small flash flood blast through at our feet, just big enough for a slight scare . . . scared for the grandkids of course. Soon after taking this pic the stream filla the basin at our feet. We were lucky to have the bridge (left) to cross back to the escape trail.  

When life gives you rain, make sand angels??

Small flash flood sounded like a jet overhead for a few seconds before it crashed though . . . .
 and we scramble to higher ground . . .

 . . . our sandy cave was still dry, but why chance-it?

Not huge but strong enough to knock you off your feet.

Streamers off the cliffs.

Almost back to the car. This was a dry gully when we started up.

Yes, some folks need to be told.   

Next day's hike up Cohab Canyon. Lydia doing her best 'Audrey Hepburn,' and pulling it off pretty dang well I think. 

Watching for more rain.

I love Capital Reef. So much to explore.

Overlooking the orchards of Fruita. 

Lydia wants to climb.

Owen looking for adventure while the ladies shop.

Red rock, fruit trees and the family. "Is this heaven?"

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