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We took a spontaneous trip to Coral Reef Nat. Park, and stayed in Torrey.

WHY do people not know about this place??

It is a fruit orchard/valley/oasis nestled between HUGE red rocks, with tons of hiking trails ranging all over the mountains/cliffs. A few petroglyphs, a swimming hole, a small art gallery, some nice restaurants/coffee shops/outdoor music festivals, etc.

Oh-- and at the fruit orchards, visitors are ENCOURAGED to handpick (and eat) whatever fruit you can. If you take it with you, it's $1/lb. And this time of year, it was APRICOTS. They have ladders all over, and I probably saw about 20-30 deer not more than 10 feet away, unafraid of visitors and nibbling on the fruit on the ground! It was truly incredible.

My new treat (I know it sounds weird!!) is a Babybel cheese with fresh apricot.... bite of cheese, bite of apricot, mmmmmmmmm... ...

This time we copped out and stayed in a hotel, but NEXT time, we're grabbing the tent. The campsite is RIGHT in the fruit orchards.

Drove away later last night, and took a detour to FISH LAKE... it was so beautiful and different from Coral Reef that it felt like we'd gone on two vacations.

We'll be going back within the month, (staying 3 nights) leaving on Friday night, and camping one or two nights at Coral, then the remaining night(s) at Fish Lake with a newly acquired fish license.

I can't believe that sometimes I feel like I can't even break away for a vacation. We're doing this again SOON.
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On July 16th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC), k3llya commented:
Can I go?
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On July 16th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
That would be fantastic!!
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On July 17th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC), k3llya replied:
I shouldn't leave town until after the show I'll be promoting on Aug. 16, but after that, I would loooooove to go camping with you guys.

Kevin won't want to go; he works weekends and hates nature. Maybe we can get one or two other friends to come along so I'm not crashing your family party too bad.
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On July 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC), kakesw commented:
Rockin'!
You needed some good vacation time! I'm so glad it was so awesome. I am truly jealous. We will keep it in mind next time we just can't stand it anymore.
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On July 16th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
Yes, yes... it was incredible.
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On July 16th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC), polaire commented:
WTF YOU DIDN'T WAIT FOR BIFF THIS NEXT WEEKEND? :)

It takes place in bicknell, tho the parade is thru torrey and then to bicknell. hehehe.. http://www.waynetheatre.com/biff.html
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On July 16th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
We didn't know about it until we got down there!! >:(
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On July 16th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC), kakesw commented:
BTW did you mean Capitol Reef?
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On July 16th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
Um... yea, that's what I meant. ^__^
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On July 16th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC), warlordblade commented:
Sounds like it was fun!
(Probably would have been more fun with a gun...)

Was it just you and the boys or did you go with more family or what?
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On July 16th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
NO GUNS. (shudders)
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On July 17th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC), warlordblade replied:
What's wrong with guns???

HA! Just kidding - sorry, I've just been a bit obsessed with guns lately...
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On July 16th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC), betty25_boop replied:
Just us, no schedule, and all the time we could handle just to be lazy and roam around.
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