Day 10-11 Torrey, Utah   1 comment

On our way to Torrey, Utah, we stopped at the Anasazi Indian Village where 87 rooms were uncovered. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning “Ancient Ones” and is used to describe the basketmaker-Pueblo culture that existed in the Four Corners area from AD 1 to 1,300. The people who lived here disappeared suddenly around AD 1200. All that remains are their writings and dwellings.

The drive was just as before, spectacular!

One section known as the “Hogback” reminded me of the Top of the World Highway, expect that the roads were MUCH smoother and a much prettier view.

In this “neck of the woods” you have to watch for the open range cattle.

 

What a beautiful view from our campground in Torrey, Utah.

We were joined by the infamous “Red Bus” at the Torrey campground.

Each window is a little sleeping compartment. These buses are used by foreign countries to tour the USA.

While in Torrey, we visited the Capitol Reef National Park. The park contains about a quarter of a million acres of towering cliffs and eroded landscape, known to the early Native Americans as “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow.” A giant, wrinkle in the Earth’s crust stretches for 100 miles across south-central Utah. This impressive buckling of rock, created 65 million years ago by the same tremendous forces that later uplifted the Colorado Plateau, is called the Waterpocket Fold. This waterpocket fold country is the free-flowing Fremont River and the big desert sky

We hiked through Capitol Gorge to see the pioneer register (writings of pioneers on the rocks dated as far back as the 1800s).

The register (basically pioneer graffiti) was pretty impressive.

Stopping at the Gifford house, we met a woman who was born & raised on the other side of the gorge that we hiked. It was so interesting to talk to her and her the stories of her childhood and the stories from her mother and grandmother. When the Giffords lived at the house, they had one girl and 2 or three boys. The parents and daughter slept in the 2 bedrooms in the house and the boys slept upstairs. To get upstairs, they had to go outside, around back, up a ladder and through the window.

Calvin Pendleton (who may be of the Pendleton wool family) arrived in Fruita in the 19th century and built a barn before World War I. He sold the land to Jorgenson in 1919 and the barn was changed over the years. The last owner, G. Dewey Gifford used the barn for over 40 years and rolled loose, cut hay from a wagon into the barn using an “A” rope with team or tractor.

We then visited the Fruita one room school house which was opened in 1896. Eight grades were taught in one room with 8 to 26 students. In the early years class was only held in the winter months so that the children could help with the farming during the spring, summer and fall. The building also served as Sunday School, a meeting place and Saturday night social center. The school closed in 1941 due to declining enrollment.

Then it was off to the orchard to pick apples, pears and peaches. The orchards were started by the Mormons but is now run by the government. It’s pick your own on the honor system. We picked 10 pounds of apples.

On our way home, we stopped at an overlook. Here on the Colorado Plateau has the best visibility in the lower 48 states. At the Capitol Reef National Park, the average summer visual range is 145 miles!!!

 

 

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Posted September 8, 2013 by carolnbill in Adventure Caravans, RV, Travel, Uncategorized

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One response to “Day 10-11 Torrey, Utah

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  1. Must have hit wrong spot ,of course it’s a 5 . Going to spend a week in same area last wk in sept. drove through in hurry last year, could not get it out of my mind,beyond beautiful,and beauty we know being from Montana

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