Capital Reef

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The Only Constant is Change

We headed straight for the Capital Reef campground and managed to secure a site – one of the last two available. After unloading our first excursion was to the Gifford House where we got one of their wonderful pies – cherry this time. It was here that the first hint of something different appeared when we were told that Cafe Diablo – one of the main reasons for our visit to the area – no longer bought their pies from them. Hmmm.

So, we went into Torrey and Cafe Diablo to stop by, let them know we were here and if we could see Gary (the owner and head Chef). It was then we found out Gary had retired and sold Cafe Diablo. We’re happy Gary retired – he worked hard at developing Cafe Diablo – but it was a BIG disappointment that he was no longer the Chef. However, a protege of his was now the head Chef. We had met her the last time we were there, when Gary was training her on running the business. She had gone on to culinary school in New York and had returned to Cafe Diablo. Hoping for the best, we made reservations and after being told we’d be set at a lone table in the middle of the lawn (just kidding), we went to take showers and wash Bryce Dust off.

Returning before our reservation, we were seated promptly and the service was very good. Although a protege of the previous owner, we think the new Chef needs more time to gain experience. The food was still good, not great, and it lacks the flare of the former head Chef. Given time, she will be a very good Chef, but right now, the food was nowhere near the quality or presentation of a restaurant that charges the kind of prices they now charge.

It is with sadness that we have removed Cafe Diablo as our most favorite place to eat and no longer recommend dining there; it simply isn’t worth the money. Also, with the departure of the original owner, the history and good he was doing is lost.

Returning to camp, tired and disappointed, we retired to the coziness of our All Terrain Camper.

Capital Reef – Day Two

We became aquainted with our camp neighbors, Steve and Janet from St. George. Steve was a retired fire Captain from LA and a Vietnam vet. Robert found that Steve’s experiences in Vietnam were FAR more traumatic than anything he had to put up with. But, Steve survived and then joined the LA fire department, retiring as a Captain. He served his country and his community well and now enjoys life with Janet.

Speaking of Janet, many don’t think about the spouse back home. To have a loved in a combat zone is the hardest thing for a spouse to suffer – you never know what’s happening and that’s the most frustrating and fearful state to be in. And if a spouse is injured, the ensuing recovery is difficult for both. All spouses of military, police, and fire departments have to live with the fear of “that knock” at the door. It can be very difficult.

Thank you, both, Steve and Janet for your services to our country and your community.