A Special Farewell to Capitol Reef
Yesterday couldn’t have been a more special ending and send off to our time here in Capitol Reef. Truly a day to cherish in my heart.
It wasn’t the hike we did, although Cohab Canyon trail was beautiful with its amazing deep canyons of stunning sculpted rock formations and natural color designs, but was the magickal creatures creating an enchanted haven that awaited us – so many mule deer, wild turkeys, and marmots.
We first explored the three and a half mile trail where we came upon a several couples, one in particular at the beginning in their 60’s and 70’s that were very sweet and we exchanged hellos.
The hike had us curving through the canyon and exploring the narrow mini slots and checking out natural looking altars, sculpted forms and thrones including one that looked like a giant quail, pink and yellow striped walls, and ending with a view of the river before turning back.
And at the end we got our last vista look of Capitol Reef’s grandeur and Fruita.
It was on our descent that we ran into the couple again, as they let us pass. The man saying, “We’ll let you young antelopes go on ahead, as I have to take it slow and steady.”
It made me think of the turtle and how I use those same words all the time when I talk about how to approach things in life, especially steep inclines and more challenged areas of hikes – “slow and steady”. I liked him right away with his smile and sweet energy.
We made our way to our car, passing the pasture we’d seen most every day with my favorite painted horse and as we got in the car the couple was at the road and the man waved to us.
We opened the window and he asked if it were possible, if we were going their way, to drop them at their car up the way a couple of miles.
Normally we would have, but our back seats and trunk are full with our bikes, equipment, and things, so we have no room for passengers. So we regretfully told them we couldn’t, showing them the back seat.
They said that was ok, and right after the ranger pulled up and they conversed.
We thought quickly and Dave said he could go in the trunk with all of the stuff and we could open up the passenger seat for them both to share.
So we pulled up to them and told them. Apparently the ranger was going to take him to the car and then he’d come back to pick up his wife, as she only had one seat too, but we said we could take his wife and Dave would get in the trunk.
And that’s what we did. Her name was Donna and we chatted along the way, as her husband got in with the ranger.
It was this last experience that ended up bringing us to all of the farewell gifts that awaited us.
First it was the marmots right after Donna got in.
Normally we saw two each day, but today there were three in the usual area. However, one of them, which I indicate as the female had tried to cross the road over to her partner and got disoriented and scared.
She was sitting in the middle of the road trying to move, but a car would come each time, nearly hitting her and she was frightened. No cars were stopping, although slowed.
I stopped the car and opened my door talking to her and this gave her the bearings to collect herself and make it over to the grassy area where the other two marmots awaited.
Phew! That really had me frazzled at first, but I stayed calm for her.
Then we continued to Hickman Bridge where we needed to drop Donna. And along the way we saw a group of deer on the side of the road.
Being that I was driving and on a mission to get her to her destination, we didn’t have chances to stop.
But once we dropped her and she was reunited with her husband, Dave and I made our way back, as we had gone the opposite way to our route back to the RV.
We thought, oh, now we can visit the last wall of petroglyphs we had missed the first time we checked out the area. It was as if that was all set up perfect with this little detour of helping the couple out, but little did we know that it also set us up for some very cool connecting with the wild turkeys and mule deer.
So as we made our way to the petroglyphs we came back upon the deer on the left side of the road and stopped briefly to connect.
Then shortly after on the right we saw a group of thirteen wild turkeys at the foot of the rock cliffs in the beautiful fruit tree grounds.
They were so magnificent and the vision of them was incredible…the males kept fanning out their tail feathers and puffing up hugely.
We got out and sat watching them for quite a while in awe of their little sanctuary and how beautiful they were.
The females resting under the trees and the males foraging and in full display.
After that we went to the petroglyph wall.
This last wall we missed was accessed by a long platform wood deck built by the park that takes you over a wash and long the cliff wall to the petroglyphs. As we got out of the car and I looked down the path, I said to Dave, “look who’s waiting for us here too.”
More mule deer!
The closer we got to the petroglyphs, the clearer we saw a group of them in the most enchanting setting.
Two of them on the cliff wall side, as they could pass under the decking through the wash, and the rest all beautifully laying in the tall thicket area under the trees.
It was like out of a fantasy…the area was so magickal and I’d never seen so many just all sitting in a circular formation. It was so special and the place my heart could be content to stay forever.
We spent a lot of time connecting with them and they were comfortable with us so close…us on the deck and them right below us. The photos are as close as we were to them.
I talked to them and had felt that they were inspiring a song.
I feel the song will channel through later, as two couples had wandered through while we were there at beginning and end. And although they did not stay, which is so odd to me that people don’t find these magnificent creatures incredible to “be” with, I just felt like I didn’t want to feel any potential interference for a channeling.
So I just connected and immersed with them, absorbing their messages for another time.
And I marveled at how much Cosmo looks like them…a tiny fawn with his graceful body and legs and long ears. I say that all the time when I see him, especially laying in his hay thicket.
I feel that there will come a time that I will sit among them or other creatures of the forests and sing their song with them. For now, it was sung within my heart, as they inspired me so much.
I get such a strong surge of life and joy when I am with the animals. It is the place I am meant to be. It brings me immediately into embodiment of my essence.
And we were so grateful for the time these beautiful ones gifted us…allowing us into their sanctuary and hearts.
There is no separation or difference in my heart and soul between them and me/us.
Our time in Capitol Reef concluded with the best magick I could possibly have hoped for.