Day 1 involved Erik and I driving down early Friday morning to ensure a camp spot for our group. We spent the rest of the day driving the scenic highway in the park to the Capitol Gorge. It was an impressive dirt road that weaves its way deep into the waterpocket fold. We parked at the trailhead for The Golden Throne, The Pioneer Register, and the Tanks, and since we had a few hours to spare before our group was to meet us back at the campground we decided to hike to all three features.
The hike to the Golden Throne was absolutely gorgeous. With massive sandstone cliffs and domes that extended as far as we could see. Erik and I had a fun time discussing the book, "Desert Solitaire" while we hiked. It is is an interesting read that anyone who enjoys the national parks could find interesting whether they agree with the author or not.
After the jaunt up to the Golden throne we hiked through the Capitol Gorge Canyon to some other features.
The Pioneer Register was a really fun part of the canyon where early pioneers who settled Southern Utah would carve their names into the rock as they passed. It was really cool to read all the names and dates that covered the length of the canyon.
The hike to the Tanks had us climbing back out of the canyon floor up to some natural potholes, which were all dried up this time of year. But we did find a fun drainage to climb down where there was some great downclimbing and we found an arch.
All in all a pretty great hiking afternoon. When we finished we drove back out of the park to get cell service to check on the status of Kyle and Jen Grossarth and their 2 little girls to see when they were expecting to hit camp. Naturally, Erik and and could not pass up the opportunity to take our traditional photo with the park sign. Kyle and Jen just happened to drive by as we were stopped here, so we drove back to camp together and enjoyed sloppy joes, corn on the cob, and watermelon for dinner.