We woke up on on day two of the Capitol Reef visit to snow on the tent. This did little to encourage expediency in getting on with doing things. We violated the safety and wildlife rules of camping and proceeded to pull out the stove and make oatmeal in the tent vestibule.
Eventually we did get moving and went back to Capitol Gulch to hike up to Cassidy Arch and through the gulch itself. Cassidy Arch was a pretty simple climb of about 1000 ft. ending in a relatively distant view of the arch. We were keeping any eye out for big horn sheep as they were rumored to be present in the area, but saw none.
Capitol Gulch was huge in comparison to what we had hiked the day before and there was no climbing required. At the end (a few hundred yards from the parking lot on the other side) we finally caught a glimpse of something moving at the top of the cliffs and rounded the end of the plateau to find a family of four sheep. I took a bunch of pictures of the sheep, which is kind of dumb since they’re just sheep after all, but then ran out of battery on the return, so I don’t have many pictures from in the canyon itself.
A little less than half way back it started to rain and snow lightly, so we took the hint that our day there was coming to an end, made our way out of the canyon and headed out of the park. It was early enough, and we were close enough that we decided to stop by Bryce Canyon on our way back toward Las Vegas.
Somewhere en route to Bryce we were driving through a field and spotted a hawk on a fence post. I decided we needed pictures of it, so there was short delay for that. We also saw another bird soaring above and followed it for a bit. I got a few very poor pictures, but I think, based on the feather patterns underneath and what I can find on Google that it was a Golden Eagle. Continue reading