We waddled back to our room, stuffed and tired. Wanted to go for a swim, but it was too chilly and we were too tired so we showered and slept instead.
Thurs, Aug 30th
Up at 6AM...slept about 10 hours...out the door by 7am. Stopped at Linda Lea’s Coffee shop a block south of Aiken’s lodge for capuccino’s and a couple fresh baked muffins to go. Great local café. As we drove back north out of Kanab on rte 89, we passed the sheriff’s car again.
This time we got a look at the officer and it was a mannequin! The fake speed traps are very funny but they work! There are real ones as well so its best not to speed.
We walked around among the thousands of memorials to pet dogs and cats, birds and horses, pigs and others. Wind chimes tinkled in the light wind; there were small statues and sculpture, fountains and flowers about.
Small tags with the names of so many loved animals…trinkets left by their owners.
One of the resting places for birds - such a peaceful beautiful place but very emotional.
Continuing north on 89 with our eventual destination the Fruita campground at Capitol Reef NP. We stopped for tons of photos along the way and at a rock shop in Orderville. We bought a few small items…don’t want to weigh down our already big luggage. Eventually headed east on scenic hwy 12 towards Torrey.
In Escalante we stopped at the Escalante BLM Visitor's Center
to ask about hiking along the Escalante River. We got distracted on the way in by the dozens of hummingbirds
buzzing around in the courtyard between the center and the restrooms. They have a couple of large feeders set up and the show was amazing!!
A nice Australian couple were curious about what we were looking at and were amazed by the hummers since they don’t have them in Australia - who knew! The guy had a large camera with huge telephoto lens and we left them having a great time photographing the hummingbird show!