Published: June 2nd 2012June 1st 2012
We are amazed that May has finished and as it is June 1st we must be in Bryce Canyon, with only a few days left now of our trip travelling back on 5th June.
Started out from Zion Canyon Hotel early this morning and stopped frequently on the way out of Zion Canyon National Park to take pictures of the red sandstone formations at the top of valley.The most famous being checkboard mesa which is a crisscross of fault lines like chess board. The light was a bit bright so it was difficult to photograph.
We travelled on across the plateau towards Bryce Canyon We stopped briefly to look at the Red canyon from the roadside where the limestone is a very bright red.
We have left the Navejo sandstone behind and the rock formation in Bryce is pinky limestone.
We are staying in Tropic City which has a main street and store, the family run Clarke's, which sells everything from petrol to your evening meal plus cowgirl outfits for good measure!
We had a coffee there and then found our cabins. As no-one was about we decided to recce the Canyon .
the 20 mile length of the Canyon to Rainbow Point at an altitude of 9115. At this altitude you could see large distances as there was very little above us just some distant hills that rose to just above 11,000ft. We then worked our way back and down via all the view points. Vern's patience was tested to the limits with all this stopping for views and pictures and he even got worried at one point that we had missed a stop to see burnt trees he did a precautionary stop as well.
This Canyon is totally different from the other places and very pretty. Although midday sun is not the best light the views are stunning!
I have managed to snap several of the flowers, native to the canyon and a prong horned gazelle , although it was a female with no horns. I am now on the hunt for a male with some prong horns. I have also managed to get a picture of a butterfly that we have been seeing throughout our travels but never managed to get a picture of it until now.
We are now settled into our little cabins. They are
very nicely done and about as big as Neal's games room but with air con, shower and toilet. The temperature here in Tropic is now 88F but last week there was ice on the sprinklers so anything is possible. Off to find supper possibly at Clarke's as it has the monopoly, then may catch sunset in the canyon. We purchased an annual pass to all the National Parks so we can come and go wherever we see a National Park. I think we will have to come back to America before the year is out to get the best value although we have already saved 50 bucks!
A interesting meal at the local Pizza restuarant, when to our surprise the lady that checked us into our cabins appears to also work at the pizza restaurant she had recommended!!!!!
After dinner we went to the Sunset Viewpoint in Bryce Canyon to catch the evening light, but as we approached the skies darkened and Thunder was heard. After 10 minutes of light rain it stopped but remained overcast. It looks as if we will have to wait until tomorrow to catch the setting sun on the Hoodoos.
There are more photos below