2 04 2010

Well I must admit that I have run out of superlatives. Ever since we have started our road trip through the South West we have been presented with ever-increasing scenes of stunning beauty culminating today with a trip to Bryce Canyon National Park. We drove up from Zion last night and got a room right outside of the park entrance and settled in only to wake in the morning to a white out with a really cold biting wind. The storm we had avoided in Zion had caught up with us. We ate our complementary continental breakfast of corn flakes and toast and decided we would at least take a ride into the park and see how the roads are. Well it turned out that it had hardly snowed and that it was primarily the wind blowing around what little had fallen. We encountered a few snow showers before the skies started to clear and we got to see some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever seen.The park is filled with buttes, cliffs and thousands of hoodoos all colored bright orange, red and tan. By the way a hoodoo is pinnacle of stone weathered from a fin of rock and the ancient indians believed that each one was a person turned to stone by the trickster coyote.  At an elevation that exceeds 9000′ Bryce Canyon was quite a bit colder than the surrounding desert and is also very exposed to the wind. We spent most of the day touring the park and doing a short hike along the rim of the canyon. As I stated in the beginning of this post I really have no way of describing how amazing this place is especially in the unique conditions we got to experience today so I will post some pictures here to try to convey some of awesome scenery of this park and let you fill in the blanks. 

The End Of The Snow


Thousands OF Hoodoos


From Sunset Point


Snow In The Canyon


A Hoodoo, Over 50' Tall


View From Sunrise Point


Justyna And Andrew In Bryce Canyon


After Bryce we drove west through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, America’s Newest monument. This was another  unexpected discovery found along the way, we passed through grand valleys of stone, pine forests and rocky cliffs that rose hundreds of feet from the road only to be followed by the road continuing on the top of really exposed ridges with no guard rails to be found. We then stopped in the little town of Boulder, Utah population 250, once america’s most isolated town, for dinner at a little restaurant. After dinner we  headed up over a mountain pass at 9600′ to get to a town near the entrance of Capitol Reef National Park which we will be visiting tomorrow. 

Escalante Country


Watching Mule Deer Watch Us


Road To Boulder




2 responses

2 04 2010
aunt gail

This area of the West is one of my favorites. Glad you liked it.

2 04 2010

Andrew & Justyna, The pictures you take are beautiful, I have never seen a Hoodoo.It looks pretty cool. The snow is starting to melt in Preston Hollow now. The cat is doing great (Bella). Everything is good here. From your neighbors..Wes, Christine,Amanda, Jessica Atkinson.

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