I spent some time hanging out at the Capitol Reef visitor center last Friday and heard the same conversation over and over again at the information desk:
Visitor (usually a foreigner): “Hi! We are exhausted but are excited to be here. We only have a few hours. What should we do?”
Ranger: “Well, are you more interested in hiking or driving? The scenic drive is a great way to take in the park and the historic district has some beautiful short hikes…”
The conversation reminded me of a sign I that saw in the campground bathroom “What can I do in Capitol Reef National Park?” It listed things like ranger talks, orchards, petroglyphs, and hiking.
When I first saw the sign I laughed out loud. How about “Lie down on the grass and watch the deer eat fallen apples,” or “Sit in a chair facing the sandstone cliffs and listen to the breeze.”
I wonder if there are guides out there on how to chill out?
*Update since writing this and before posting: I figured it out.