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Day 20 (August 12, 2013). I think that Capitol Reef National Park is one of those places in the US that are better known by foreigners than by “Americans” (US citizens). We saw so many French, Germans and even Chinese there. We arrived at the park at around noon after a relatively short ride on route UT-24 from Salina. We took a short detour to visit Fish Lake, a place I knew from a previous trip with my kids.  During the ride the air was cool and stormy and we could see showers at a distance in almost every direction. It did not rain much on us but we rode through several stretches of wet asphalt. By the time we got to the Capitol Reef Visitor Center a large storm with a lot of thunder was upon us. It rained quite heavily for almost two hours while we, together with a large contingent of French cyclists, took refuge at the center.  A few minutes after the rain begun, a sign went up on the glass window of the Visitor Center indicating that the Scenic Drive had been closed due to flash flooding. Bummer! During a break in the rain we had some sardines and crackers on the parking lot of the Visitor Center. After approximately two hours the rain stopped and we drove around the park to take pictures. We saw a cool temporary waterfall dropping from the cliff near the Grand Wash. We visited the old Mormon settlement of Fruita at the confluence of the Freemont River and Sulfur Creek. Up to ten families of settlers, led initially by Nels Johnson, lived in Fruita (then known as Junction). The settlers planted many orchards—still maintained today— with apples, pears, apricots, almonds, and peaches. That evening at the Fruita Campground we met Joan S., a super friendly history professor at Baylor who has been to Argentina several times and knows the city of Mendoza better than we do. The following morning we were able to do the Scenic Drive which is very, very scenic (a must if you ever go to Capitol Reef).