This past week has been Spring Break from school for my kids. Since our family is on a bit of a National Park kick, we decided to hit another one this past week. (Did you know there are 5 National Parks in Utah? Well, there are.) This time we visited Capitol Reef National Park. (Normally I would try not to bore you all with the minutia of a family trip, but I figured the scenery was unique enough, it might be mildly interesting. So indulge me.)
There is a lot of history ancient and less-ancient at Capitol Reef. It was my first time visiting this area. The Southern Utah landscape is pretty dramatic with the red rocks, etc. As a kid I wasn’t a fan – or it just seemed to be ‘same-old, same-old’ when we went south. I overheard an older gentleman at the visitor’s center mention that you finally start to appreciate scenery like this when you get old. I guess I officially qualify for that category now.
In the middle of the park are the remnants of a little town that was there for a century, named Fruita because of the orchards that thrived there. The orchards still exist.
One of the homes also still exists, the Gifford House, and is open as a small museum.
(Check out the blossoms on that tree!)
This house was used mostly in the first half of the 20th Century, and was set up as it would have looked during that period, including old quilts. (So of course, I whipped out my camera for those.)
A ‘swoon’-y/carpenter’s wheel block.
They had a shop with fresh pies and breads and preserves and salsa made from the fruit from the orchards. Very vintage charming + delicious. A winning combination, if you ask me.
It was great to get away from the routines at home and see some new scenery in our own backyard. Well, three hours away, but you know what I mean. I didn’t bring a finished quilt for my husband to pose with on a precipice this time, but since no road trip is complete without a sewing project, I did manage some good hexie time in the car.