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2nd Annual Thanksgiving in a western National Park- Capitol Reef NP

  • Nov 21, 2012 · 12:00 PM

2nd Annual Thanksgiving in a western National Park

- Capitol Reef NP -

Then hike, backpack, bike, photograph, canyoneer,adventure

--- options and choices can be yours ---

WHAT/WHERE:

In Capitol Reef National Park (overview map) we will:

- Car camp for at least Thursday night - Thanksgiving Day at Fruita Campground

- Bring a FEAST to share in the campground on Turkey Day

- Day hike (unlimited opportunities for short, medium or long hikes)

- Mountain or road bike (6-8 different destinations. It is not the famous White Rim but, it'll be scenic and fun)

- Backpack (for those who choose to do this there are many 1 or 2, or more, night options)

- Canyoneering in the national park or within easy driving distance to Dirty Devil River, Ticaboo Springs, Poison Springs and other popular areas.

WHEN:

Plan to arrive on Wednesday, Nov. 21st or early enough on Thanksgiving Day to participate in a group feast about 2-3 PM.

Stay for as long as you want. Many of us will be here through Sunday, Nov 25th.

CAMPING:

There will be plenty of room for tents so do not bring your little tiny backpacker (unless you are going on a backpack trip Fri-Sat-Sun). If anyone has a trailer, camper or other camping vehicle, they are welcome and encouraged too bring/ come with that. As a matter of fact, if you have a vehicle with cooking capability, maybe you would be willing to do things like be the local coffee shop each morning (just a suggestion, not required), etc.

BRING:

- All your standard car camping gear

- Stove, pots n pans, dish pans, dishes, table cloth, cooler, dutch oven ( charcoal), etc

- Firewood (lots of it since there is none at the sight and we will have 3-4 nights)

- Camp/ lawn chair

- Tent/sleeping bag/pad/pillow

- Large canopy or mega-sized tarp with poles (optional but great if we get weather)

- Lantern (propane, solar or battery powered)

- Muscial instruments

- Telescope &/or binoculars (we will have a 1/2 moon on the 21st and increasing each night)

- Warm clothes ( in layers so you can dress up or down with day/night temps)

- gloves, warm hats, neck gaiter, long underwear, wind/rainproof shell

- Sturdy shoes/ boots for hiking

- Camp shoes, warm stand/sit-around clothes

- No need for bug juice

- Mountain bike (if you want to ride 1 or more days, good dirt roads right from camp)

- Hiking/trekking/ skiing poles (optional. Bring rubber tips to not mar the soft sandstone)

KIDS:

This will be car camping based so it's a perfect opportunity to bring the 'future outdoors (wo)men of America.

DOGS:

Not allowed in the national park.

CARPOOLING/ CARAVANING:

This would be VERY GOOD. Please note in your RSVP where/ when you will be coming and if you want riders or a ride. Post your cell #, when you can leave/return and other rlevant info.

Drive time from SLC should be ~4-4.5 hours.

Drive time from Grand Junction should be ~3-3.5 hours.

From Denver, add on the drive time Denver to GJ.

From Las Vegas ~5.5-6 hours

If any Alaskans are joining us, I suggest flying into Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. I suspect air fare and rental cars will be cheaper in LV. The drive will be beautiful either way and is on very good roads, either way crossing 1 or 2 passes.

FOOD:

Let's bring all the Thanksgiving feasting you might have at home. You may want to pre-cook and reheat, cook in a Dutch Oven, or . . . prepare a dish(es) in camp, however you choose.

As time gets closer we can start making a list of who wants to bring what but I am hoping we will have at the least: Appetizers. Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes/ yams, string beans, cranberries &/or cranberry sauce. We want to be sure to have ham, non-meat main dishes, plenty of potatoes and yams; veggies, salads, bread, desserts. Desserts to definitely include pies of a variety of holiday types.

As for all the rest of the meals - I will bring a 3-burner propane stove and if others can do similarly we may be able to set up cooking groups so we don't need a lot of little camp stoves running at each hot meal.

I suggest that we do at least one group breakfast but that can be worked out as the dates near.

If is like last year, PLEASE bring empty plastic containers for leftovers and, like so often at home, we can feast on these for Friday and Saturday.

Bring all your food - the nearest stores or Restaurants are in Hanksville orTorrey: 36 or 11 miles away.

Campfire Smores making will be encouraged so bring green wood sticks or metal coat hangers for the marshmellows.We will have to bring all the wood we want for campfires as there is none to cut or gather in the park area.

COST:

The park service says the group site is not open (but I will call to see if we can get it opened) so I will let you read here what the campsite situation is. The fee may be $10/site for 2 tents. This will include picnic table, running water and toilets. There are no showers at Fruita Campground and the closest showers will be in Torrey, UT, 11 miles away.

Please plan to contribute ~$10 to a group food fund. We will use this to be sure that if one person brings a $35 turkey and someone else brings a $3 loaf of garlic bread that we sort of help equalize costs for all. Excess $$ will be refunded.

RSVP:

Please tell where you are coming from, when you want to leave and if you want to carpool or caravan; what you may want to do for recreation; and, as the time comes near, please tell what you'll bring to help is all be sure of having a well rounded Thanksgiving dinner.

WEATHER:

On average, we'll have days in the 50's and nights in the low 30's. Nice camping weather if you are in to it; or, plan to stay indoors in Torrey or Hanksville.

CONTACT:

Doug Van Etten [masked]

^^^^ A Growing List of Possible Adventures for This Holiday Weekend ^^^^

Sulpher Creek Hike (bring neoprene socks to go in old running shoes)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All!
    I finally returned to NY and was able to edit and post the pixs I took on Thanksgiving. Not so easy, since my DSL line is still out from from hurricane. This was uploaded from the NYPL.
    Be safe.
    Best,
    Sal
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/canyonratnyc/sets/72157632143715381/

    December 1, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Great pics, Sal. Thanks for those and thanks for being a part of our big holiday party. Come again at New Years.

      December 3, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    Click here to see a slide show of this year's event recapruted in photos https://www.facebook.com/dvegjco/posts/473644189339146

    December 3, 2012

  • Barrie B.

    A blast.

    November 26, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    We had a handful of us from western CO plus 1 or 2 from Denver, Albequereque and DROVES from Salt Lake City and environs -- WOW great group!!!! Wonderful 1. people 2. food 3. weather 4. canyoneering 5. hiking 6. campfires 7. Cap Reef park staff 8. . . . . It was all the absolute best. Thanks to Mary for all her organizing efforts on the food before hand and almost everything during the weekend. Thanks to all the great chefs - our 2 Spanairds in the kitchen, turkey smokers - 3Doug and Eli, those who brought all the other food, stoves, tables, firewood and everything else that made the weekend such a success. Already beginning to think about where we will do the '3rd Annual . . .' next thanksgiving. Open to suggestions (and some people are hoping for 'warmer').

    November 26, 2012

  • Mary h.

    The food was eye-crossing good and plentiful. No one can possible say they starved on this trip. Got to hand it to Three-Doug and his use of leftovers. The turkey soup was wicked good. So was the Spanish dish that Andres made that would feed an army. Thanks to everyone for contributing and spending the time. Great hikes, great canyons and best of all - a gathering of folks from all over the place who love the outdoors. See you next year.

    November 25, 2012

  • Three D.

    Great as always with this group. Plenty of fun, food and frivolity along with some serious hiking/canyoneering in a beautiful setting...!!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone--it was nice to meet you! Hope to see you again at some other adventure. Maybe a warmer one lol

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful time! Wonderful people!

    November 25, 2012

  • Ridgway R.

    Very good time with great people, warm days, cold nights and wonderful food. Canyons are amazing!

    November 25, 2012

  • Steve M.

    Outstanding group of people. Looking forward to the 3rd annual event. Thank you Mary and Doug for organizing. Also special thanks to 3-Doug for food preparation.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Outstanding. Food and people

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work some on Weds, so plan to arrive at Cap Reef on Thursday at noon-ish. Save me a spot! Feel free to text me if you need something from town.

    November 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll be there.

      November 18, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Yippee

      November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dogs are allowed in the park. They must be on leash and cannot be left unattended in the campground. They are not permitted in the backcountry or on trails outside of the campground area.

    November 10, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      thanks for the no dogs reminder, Dave.

      November 18, 2012

    • Christopher R.

      T-shirt weather :)

      November 15, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Looks to be very nice weather in deed. See you and Mom very soon, Chris.

      November 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone interested in technical canyoneering over the holiday please bring your helmet, harness, descender, and safety tether with you. Details are forming.

    November 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, if you have a full wet suit you should bring that, one canyon has a possible waist deep pool.

      November 18, 2012

  • Christopher R.

    Hey Doug,

    Are most of the group arriving Wednesday and are there any planned activities for this day, or are people just getting in late Wednesday and pitching camp for the night. I was thinking of driving in Thursday in time for dinner and maybe camping the next couple of days.

    November 16, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      There is a mix of both, Chris. Of you are coming on TH, I suggest you plan to be there by Noon or so. We want to do the cooking, eating and cleanup before dark on TH if possible.

      November 16, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    A lady from SLC asked about day hikes and biking - There will be plenty of people doing day-hikes on this trip; for sure. And, if you want to find someone to borrow rappelling gear from we can take you down a very easy and scenic canyon adventure. But, YES, there will be many hikers and I know a few people have mentioned bikes but I have not seen any chatter about them. If you have a 2 burner stove and fuel, large pots and pans, camp dishwashing set-up, your own camp chair and other group gear -- please bring it. Better to have more group gear than we need rather than less. Bring LOTS of FIREWOOD.

    November 15, 2012

    • Barrie B.

      I'm bringing wood. not sure of cost. Will have about 4x2ft worth. Also bringing Noah tarps, 9,12, & 16ft May have ovens if they get here in time. Brenda, dogs & I will be leaving hopefully early Wed( most likely later)

      November 15, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Felipe if you can bring gear, please do. I have come up missing on 2 of my harnesses so now I only have 1 to loan. There will be a few other people with extras but I cannot be sure of who or how many. So, I will bring what I have and since it is actually Mary's harness that I now have to loan, it will fit you much better than fitting Andres. Both of you be sure to bring helmets and leather gloves for rappelling.

      November 15, 2012

  • Barrie B.

    Brenda says that we are bringing tofurky. Whatever that is. :>) I will bring some wood. Not sure about the backpacking as we'll have an older dog. Regardless we're planning on having a WONDERFUL time

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather's looking great for the trip! 50s as highs, 30s as lows. Bring that firewoood!!!!!

    1 · November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, everyone--my good friend comes out here quite a bit [and is jealous], and has these suggestions:

    Sulphur Creek is awesome. There's a couple obstacles, but you'll have low flows that time of year, and it won't be technical. No ropes needed, and you may even be able to keep your feet dry.

    http://climb-utah.com/Capitol/sulphur.htm

    Do Sulphur Creek.
    ---------------------
    Five Mile is also awesome and can usually be done without ropes, but only by more confident canyoneers. And... you'd probably want a wetsuit or drysuit. ;)
    ---------------------
    For backpacking, I'd head down toward Hall's Narrows and/or Muley Twist.
    ---------------------
    For easier hiking, I'd do Muley Twist (upper or lower) or Headquarters/Surprise.

    http://climb-utah.com/Capitol/hq.htm
    http://climb-utah.com/Capitol/surprise.htm

    November 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the information! Will be a great time!!

      November 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doug, Me and a friend are going with a RV. I'll try to bring all the firewook as possible! Thanks!

    November 10, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      You are a hero, Felipe. We look forward to seeing you again in less than 2 weeks. via con Dios

      November 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah! I look forward to see you too! I'll continue on sunday to Bryce and after that... Zion! Do you want to join us?

      November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shower? What's that?

    November 10, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      I agree. It is vacation - get stinky!!!

      November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aside from a hotel room, I am not aware of any facilities for taking showers this time of year.

    November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All-

    Capitol Reef in the off season is a great place to be, but services are limited in the area this time of year. Torrey is about 15 minutes west of the Fruita Campground. There you can get gas, at the Phillips 66, a Subway sandwich (inside the gas station), or a cup of coffee, breakfast and lunch, at the Castle Rock Coffee & Candy Shop next door. They have really good handmade candy there, too. Great for holiday gifts!

    Pizza, sandwiches, and beer can be had in the evenings at the Patio Restaurant, just east of Torrey on Highway 24. The Red Cliffs Restaurant in the middle of Torrey has similar fare. Gas is also available in Bicknell (ten miles or so west of Torrey) as is the Sunglow Restaurant. Ten miles further to the west you can get gas and groceries in Loa. The grocery store is open 7-7. The Country Café at the west end of town is a great greasy spoon for breakfast. I recommend the Rio Grande, small. Really. Don’t order the large.

    November 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in the Boulder area--anyone want to carpool?

    November 5, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the offer. I tend to bring a lot of gear for colder weather, probably wouldn't fit it all in there. I'm working on some side trips, too, now. So unless someone is up to being at my mercy, I'll probably just drive by myself.

      November 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, I plan to bring my bike, as well. I need to take off more time to do everyting!

      November 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all,

    I'm thinking of coming down for this, but unsure at this time. Wondering if anyone from Alaska is coming down...I could pick you up at the SL airport, although we would have to work out how much time you are going to be spending here.
    Also, is anyone going from SLC that is interested in carpooling. I would be bringing a bike.

    Sounds like fun.

    October 26, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Only Alaskan we know now coming os flying into LVNV and renting a car. Lots of the SLC people will want to carpool as the time comes nearer, Bunny. It'll be great to see you!!!

      October 26, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    I know everyone gets worried about the food. I am taking this on but I do want to avoid what happened last year and that is the constant on and off of the list until the week or two weeks before. It was a nightmare trying to update the list and the food as people hopped in and out of the event.

    That said - two weeks before T-day I will begin finding out who wants to bring what. I will GLADLY enlist the aide of a few who are willing to cook meat -turkey/ham/other. Each person who will be eating meat is asked to make a $5 contribution to the meat fund so those who bring meat can be equalized on cost of what we all bring. Along with that, if you want/ plan to bring a turkey or ham please let me know. This and other preparations will ensure we will have a wonderful feast for T-day. This note os just so you have an idea of the plan before Thanksgiving.

    Mary Hertert (Doug's wife and the real T-day organizer)[masked] [masked] www.colorcreekfiberart.com

    October 24, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    FYI about daylight and what time we may want to eat Thanksgiving dinner. Sunrise is 7:12 AM and sunset is 5:06 PM. So, let's plan to eat by about 3 PM so we can be cleaning up in the daylight.

    October 23, 2012

    • Barrie B.

      Is anyone doing a backpack trip is everyone doing the canyoneering thing? Trying to figure what to bring.

      October 23, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      As far as I know now, all are planning to do 'day'activitie­s. There are lots of canyons, tons of day hikes and we could alwasy take a little road trip one day there and go thru some of the Escalante classic walk-thru canyons like Peek-a-boo & Spooky. I know Mary and I are not backpacking. Last year in Canyonlands, of 22 participants, only 2 went on an overnight backpacking trip.

      October 23, 2012

  • Doug Van E.

    There will be plenty of non-meat items for thanksgiving. If you want, you can go back and look at the photos from last year (a couple are on this calendar page for this year) and you will see there is PLENTY of VEG food - various potatoe, tofu and veggie dishes, salads and more. I know of at least 1 vegan coming who I am confident will make a vegan main dish. If other vegans or vegetraians do the same, it will work out great. And, we can always announce for the meat eaters to please go light on eating the specific "V" foods until it is sure that all those folks are served.

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about this one?
    Timpie fork of Shinob Canyon - 3A(B) I - Capitol Reef National Park
    Rappels - 4 Rappels, Longest Rappel 275 feet. Last 50 feet of longest rap can be down climbed.
    http://www.bluugnome.com/cyn_route/cap-reef_shinob-timpie-fork/cap-reef_timpie-fork-shinob.aspx

    October 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do have a (never used) 300' Imlay 9mm. It was a deal I couldn't refuse. I don't have 300' of pull cord, but I do have 100' 8mm, 84' 9mm, 212' 9.3mm. We could piece together enough for the pull with only 1 big rope to haul.

      October 1, 2012

    • Doug Van E.

      Gotta like your gear bag, lyn. See you at Cap Reef if not before.

      October 1, 2012

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