A Capitol Holiday

Posted by on May 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm :: 2 Comments

Jason and I hit the eight year mark this month. Yes, we’ve had eight blissful years of marriage.

Jas under Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef.

Jas under Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef.

It was my turn to plan our celebration activities this year. After looking into a bunch of options I decided on a weekend getaway to Capitol Reef National Park.

A kind man took this picture of us. We are standing above Capitol Gorge.

A kind man took this picture of us. We are standing above Capitol Gorge.

We stayed in the little town of Torrey, just outside Capitol Reef, at the Red River Ranch Lodge, named one of the 25 best American lodges by Travel and Leisure magazine. The lodge was built on an old stagecoach stop, which explains the giant ancient trees that surround this roughly 15 year old building. Its spacious interior is decorated almost entirely with antiques, giving the impression that you just walked into a bygone era.

Us standing outside the Lodge at Red River Ranch.

Us standing outside the Lodge at Red River Ranch.

The balcony in our room overlooked a field with grazing bison, which added to the sense that somehow we had become lost in time. True to the atmosphere of the lodge, there weren’t any TVs in the rooms. While some would complain about this lack of ready entertainment, Jason and I found the change quite peaceful and relaxing.

Jas relaxing in the lodge lobby.

Jas relaxing in the lodge lobby.

We spent the weekend hiking, horseback riding, reading books sprawled out under the shady aged trees in Capitol Reef’s orchards, driving over scenic Boulder Mountain, and stuffing our faces.

My horse's name was Ruby. Jason's was DK. He asked our guide if that stood for Donkey Kong.

My horse’s name was Ruby. Jason’s was DK. He asked our guide if that stood for Donkey Kong. It didn’t.

Torrey, with a population of less than 200, isn’t exactly where you would expect to find fine cuisine, but believe me, we definitely found it. Café Diablo, located in an unassuming little building on the outskirts of Torrey, was just as good as our favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City or even San Diego. Yum! While the food at this southwest restaurant was presented flawlessly and tasted fantastic, the atmosphere was extremely relaxed. We came in straight from hiking all day in Capitol Reef, we were sweaty and sandy, but none of the restaurant staff seemed to mind at all. The owner, and I assume head chef, wandered from table to table greeting his customers while wearing his chef garb, shorts, and sandals.

This was what Jason ordered: trout encrusted with pumpkin seed in a lime cilantro sauce.

This was what Jason ordered: trout encrusted with pumpkin seeds in a lime cilantro sauce. It was so good!

We ordered everything from spicy appetizers to desserts topped with their freshly made ice cream, and ate until we could eat no more. It was an unexpectedly delicious and refreshing experience.

We watched the sun go down at Sunset Point in Capitol Reef one evening. It was beautiful!

We watched the sun go down at Sunset Point in Capitol Reef one evening. It was beautiful!

Another restaurant we sampled, which was also very tasty, was Hell’s Backbone Grill located in Boulder, 30 miles from Torrey. This charmingly serene little restaurant specializes in cuisine that utilizes locally grown produce. They have their own organic farm just three miles from the restaurant. Jason ordered chicken tumbleweed enchiladas; that may sound like something you would feed a cow rather than a person but it was actually quite flavorful and scrumptious.

Jas was eager to make a fool out of himself by posing as a crazy cave creature for this picture.

Jas was eager to make a fool out of himself by posing as a crazy cave creature for this picture.

We enjoyed our little weekend excursion: lots of sun, beautiful scenery, and surprisingly good food.

Jason convinced me to also act like a derranged rock creature.

Jason convinced me to also act like a derranged rock creature.

2 Comments

  • Amber R says:

    I guess I’m never going to be as cool as you guys and send anniversary cards to people, even though your anniversary is on my calendar now so I know when it is… But if it is any consolation, we don’t do very cool things on our anniversary like you guys do, so we need to get anniversary cards to compensate for that. Congratulations on your 8th anniversary! May your 9th year of marriage be the best year yet.

  • Rachel says:

    Thanks Amber! I’m sure kids will make awesome anniversary excursions much more difficult. That’s why we’ve got to live it up while we still can. 🙂

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