Back in April, we took a rather impromptu trip to Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but Jess had some work to do next to the middle of nowhere, so we made a road trip out of it.
Capitol Reef is stunning. Some of the most beautiful mountains and rock formations we've ever seen. Of note particularly is the Waterpocket Fold, North America's largest monocline, or giant fold in the earth. It's a mere 65 million years old, this fold, and is in part what pushed the earth's crust around to form and reveal the unique and unusual rock formations.
Capitol Reef is also home to the old Mormon settlement, Fruita. The pioneers planted scads of fruit trees there - thus - Fruita.
This here is their tiny tiny school house that housed up to 26 children!
And one more thing - petroglyphs. These petroglyphs are so old that no one is entirely sure who made them or how old they are.
I like to think that they aren't really that life changing. I like to think that their kids were bored. And they were drawing pictures. And I mean that. My kids do it almost all day sometimes - they just have the benefit of notebooks and paper. Who's to say that prehistoric babies didn't like to draw? And what in the heck else was there to do back then? Besides slay a wildebeest. Throw rocks. Not get eaten by T-Rex.