The SW trip – day 7
Next morning we drove back through Capitol Reef for another dazzling look at the red rock scenes.
But eventually we continued our journey… the Quakies were still putting on quite a show as we stopped to check out Johnson Valley Reservoir. This was about the only time during the trip we had a sprinkling of rain and even a few drops that were thinking of turning into snow. The colors on the Quaking Aspen were brighter and more varied than I’d ever seen before.
We didn’t go very far this day (roughly 100 mi), stopping to spend the night at Yuba State Park. This was one of the strangest campgrounds I’ve encountered so far. It sat atop a hill overlooking Yuba Lake. The setting was pretty enough, but it was a very windy location with virtually no trees (imagine that during a Utah summer) and there was pavement everywhere. I wish I had taken a shot of the campground itself to better show what I mean. There is a peek at the little roofs planted above the picnic tables in the third image from the end (#5323), but it doesn’t convey the full impression of these little roofs planted like mushrooms all over this hilltop.
If you’re interested, I did find a youTube video (click HERE) that shows the general area as well as each campsite (and there were many)! Luckily there were only about two other campsites occupied and we had spread pretty far apart. But Mother Nature put on another gorgeous show with spectacular clouds and an impressive sunset.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
― Lao Tzu