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.
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.