On the road again.
Through Grand-Escalante national monument area
With a stop-off at an old Anasazi village. This was thought to be occupied from A.D. 1050. Lots of pottery and arrows were found here, along with the ruins of stone foundations.
A bit more driving….
And into Capitol Reef – a fold in the Earth (called Waterpocket fold)
Mormon settlers arrived in the 1800s, long after the native Americans had left.
The village area is filled with fruit trees. But we were too early in the year for fruit. During the summer, all the fruit is free for visitors.
There is a gorge, through which the Mormon pioneers are thought to have arrived through.
And when they did, they carved their names into the wall of rocks see guns). This is now called the Pioneer Register and is preserved
But not far away, are Native American petroglyphs – thousands of years old
The village buildings are part of the national park – and sells fruit pies made using the local fruits.
Todays motel – right at the fold in the earths crust.
Nearby eccentric towns