Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Part 8: Have a Bryce Day

Bryce Canyon was pretty low on my list. I had never heard much about it but several folks I know talked it up. And what the heck, it was on the way to Arches from Zion so I thought I should check it out.

After driving to a few of the overlooks, I decided to go for a hike into the canyon. All I can say is WOW. The place is magnificent. It feels as if there is a magic to the land. Formations and views that shouldn't really exist except maybe in a Road Runner cartoon.

I combined two of the suggested hikes. The Queen's Garden and the Navajo Loop. The park paper calls it "The World's Best 3-Mile Hike!" It took over four hours to get to the bottom and climb my way back to the top. It seemed like I had to stop every 50 feet or so to take another picture. Good thing too, because I needed lots of breaks before reaching the top. The guide listed it as a moderate hike. All I can say is good thing I quit smoking 4 years ago.

When I got to the top, I treated myself to a beer, it was bliss.

Tomorrow, I head to Arches. It was at the top of my list. Now it seems like it's got a lot to live up to after Bryce Canyon.

Right now, it's a little after 10 at night and a fellow from Germany just invited me over for a beer. It'll be the second best beer I've had all day!

- Posted from my iPad

Location:N Camp Ground Rd, Bryce Canyon


  1. Did you set up that last shot, or did the German guy take it for you? (And, btw, you're flying with a table and a tent?!)

  2. Table was there. The campground inside Bryce Canyon was kind enough to supply it! I flew with the tent and other camping supplies in one of my suitcases. Took the shot myself, before the German guy showed up. If he saw what I was doing he may have not made the offer! I just thought it woulod be a cool shot!