Torrey, Utah to Midway Utah – The Last days of our Southwest Road Trip

Tuesday we left Torrey and headed north. We stopped for a short but very different hike in a slot canyon near Moroni, Utah. The hike is called the Maple’s Box Canyon Trail. 



Currently we are in Midway visiting family. This morning we had breakfast with friends. Afterwards I did some family history reasearch at the big Family History Library in Salt Lake. This is my last post of this trip. We head home Friday. 

Capital Reef National Park – Day 13 – Southwest Road Trip

This morning after a great breakfast at our B&B we took the scenic drive in Capital Reef National Park. At the end of the paved road we took the two mile dirt road, Capitol Gorge Road and then hiked the Golden Throne Trail.



Both Duke and I were glad to see the end of trail sign. 



When we got back to the car we each had a cold drink and then hiked the Capital Gorge Trail. It is relatively short and flat and we enjoyed the narrow canyon and pioneer graffiti. 



On the way out of the park we stopped to buy a pie from the friends of Capital Reef and then had a picnic lunch. 

Some friends of ours recently hiked across Utah. They mentioned a great restaurant in Boulder, Utah called Hells Backbone Grill. It is about 30 miles from where we were staying and the drive was gorgeous. We had an excellent meal. 

Now we are sitting on the front porch watching the sunset. 

Ignacio, Colorado to Torrey, Utah – Southwest Road Trip Day 12 

Today we hiked in Bear Ears National Monument. It one of the new National Monuments that President Obama created at the end of his term. It is expected that Trump will rescind the National Monument Designation. It is so sad because it is a beautiful area. 

We hiked the Mule Canyon Trail to House on Fire Ruins. It was a great hike although it was very hot. 



We crossed the Colorado River. 



Tonight we are in Torrey, Utah very near Capital Reef National Park where we will hike tomorrow. 

Santa Fe to Ignacio, Colorado – Day 11 Southwest Road Trip

Today was an easy day. We had a great breakfast at Tia Sophia in Santa Fe. It is so nice to stay someplace where you can walk to all the sites and nice restaurants.


Then we drove north from Santa Fe into Colorado where we are staying at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado. It was a beautiful drive.

Santa Fe – Day 10 Southwest Road Trip

Today we spent the day walking around Santa Fe checking out the sites and the art galleries. We started at the New Mexico State Capital. 


Then we visited several art galleries on Canyon Road


We stopped at a French bakery and had a very tasty green chili and cheese crepe. It was the best crepe I have had since Aix en Provence. 


Next we toured the Georgia O’Keeffe museum. It was fabulous. More than anyone else O’Keeffe really captures the grandeur of the Southwest landscape. 

For dinner we ate at Sazón, a gourmet Mexican restaurant that is rated the number one restaurant in Santa Fe on Trip Advisor.  First they brought us mini tortillas to taste each of their molés. 


Then the house salad. 


For the main course I had beef heart in a wine and jalapeño sauce. 


Duke has steak. 


And we ended with a avocado, ginger ice cream with piñon nuts and a beet reduction. It sounds strange but it was delicious. 


It was a wonderful dinner and we were able to walk to Sazón from our hotel. 

Gila to Santa Fe – Day 9 of our Southwest Road Trip

This morning we left the ranch we were staying at near Gila and headed to Santa Fe. A bit down the road we saw a sign for a bakery and coffee shop. We couldn’t resist stopping for coffee and cinnamon roles. 


Next we did a hike along the Continental Divide Trail. 


The highlight of the day was seeing the Very Large Array (VLA).  It is 27 giant radio telescopes spread out along three legs of a Y. They work together to ‘see’ and study object in space. They can be moved over a system of railway tracks to get  different types of images. 

We are staying at the Hotel Santa Fe. The meal we had in their restaurant was fabulous. We started out with the corn vichyssoise. 


Then I had the salmon on a blackberry slaw and polenta and Duke had the beef tenderloin. 


At the Double E Ranch near Gila, New Mexico – Day 8 of our Road Trip

Today we didn’t get in the car. It was a nice change as we begin the second week of our road trip. We set out to do a hike from the front door of our cabin. First we walked down the creek for quite a ways. 


Then we decided to bushwhack our way back around the other side of the big bluff which overlooks the ranch. It was tough going and each of us got scraped a bit by thorns but the challenge was worth it. 


It was really good to get back to our cabin, shower and put our feet up!