We have been experiencing all types of nature travelling across central/southern Utah this week. We started in the Fishlake National Forest near Loa, Utah measuring willow plants. Next we travelled with our Grand Canyon Trust team to the Manti La Sal National Forest a bit further north and east. The road up to the plateau was slippery clay after a few days of rain. A bit more exciting than I would have hoped for. The heart pounding continued as we counted cows in a lightning storm. If we hadn’t been part of a volunteer project we would have headed to warmer and drier climes, but as it was, we really enjoyed meeting the other great volunteers and staff and learning new things in the name of conservation. However, by Saturday we were thrilled to have a hotel room thanks to my mom’s hotel rewards points. (BTW, If you have rewards points and would be willing to donate them, please let us know).
We got our wish for clear skies and warm weather in Capitol Reef National Park. This is a real gem which seems to be seriously under visited. After a night in the park and a morning lopping bushes and pulling up invasive plants, we headed south on the Scenic Byway 12. We are spending next week at Kane Ranch on the Arizona strip for a second project with the Grand Canyon Trust.
Hours volunteered: 44 hours (combined) logging native plants and counting cows in the Manti La Sal National Forest with the Grand Canyon Trust and 10 hours (combined) clearing brush and pulling up Russian Thistle in Capitol Reef National Park
States: 1 – Utah – Gentry mountain near Huntington, Torrey, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante
Budget: under — thanks to Sharon’s mom for donating her points so that we could have a free hotel stay!
People Visited: none
Nights under the stars: 6 – Manti La Sal National Forest, Capitol Reef National Park, Dixie National Forest, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Best meal: Spinach and cheese enchiladas baked in a dutch oven by Emily and Gayle of Grand Canyon Trust
Best beer: Wasatch’s Devastator Double Bock — Utah is definitely not known for beer, but this one is worth a try