Bryce Canyon National Park


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November 4th 2017
Published: November 4th 2017
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Scenic Byway 12, Utahโ€™s All-American ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Road

๐Ÿ˜ฎ omg!!! Ear popping jaw dropping...thru Dixie National Forest ๐ŸŒณ reaching the Summit - 9600 ft. If you ever get a chance, check out this road sometime...simply stunning. Karen is going to look up all the scenic byways in the U.S. ๐Ÿ˜Š We drove thru Boulder, Tree ๐ŸŒฒ City USA. Crazy ๐Ÿ˜œ dramatic steep and narrow road...no shoulder or guard rails. Scary ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Many stops along the way, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. It is not a staircase per se...the name is a reference to the series of cliffs rising from south to north from the foot of the Kaibab Plateau (adjacent to the Grand Canyon) to the rim of Bryce Canyon. Speed limit 25 mph - definitely obey the speed limit on this road ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Itโ€™s a workout driving...when you see the speed limit change to 55 or 60, you finally get to breathe๐Ÿ˜›

Signs with free range Cattle ๐Ÿ„ and Elk crossing - next 5 miles...we pass a few backcountry bikers๐Ÿšต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšต๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธloaded down with all their gear. Drive thru the town of Tropic, established 1892 ๐Ÿค”

We arrive in Bryce Canyon ~ 1:30pm clean the Subie ๐Ÿ˜and secure our camp siteโ›บ๏ธ. Super nice campground and we get another great site - ironically, right next to our camping neighbors from Dead Horse ๐ŸŽ Point, a really nice couple from MN, also new to the camping scene. We take a short hike ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ and check out the campground (shuttles ๐ŸšŒ closed for the season), make dinner (Barry - we had roasted broccoli with garlic and lemon๐Ÿ˜‰) a fire ๐Ÿ”ฅ and gaze at the stars โœจ . The high elevation, clean dry air, and lack of light pollution make Bryce Canyon one of Earthโ€™s ๐ŸŒŽ darkest places. It has been described as the darkest public place in North America reached by a paved road ๐ŸŒŒ. On a clear moonless night you can see over 7,500 stars - 3x the number visible in most rural areas of North America ๐Ÿ˜ฒFriday, Nov. 3 is a full moon ๐ŸŒ• and the park offers a full moon hike...how lucky ๐Ÿ€ are we!

We sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด well and have scrambled eggs with cheese ๐Ÿง€, toast and an ๐ŸŠ for breakfast to fuel us for our hike on the Rim Trail to Bryce Point, ~6 miles roundtrip. Temps here are in the low 30โ€™s at night and mid 50โ€™s during the day. We climb into Spa Haven ~8:30 pm and watch a documentary about barbecuing that Karen downloaded from Netflix before we left home ๐ŸŽžThe great news about this campground, there is hot water ๐Ÿ’ฆ in the bathroom and dishwashing station, so I take my time washing dishes ๐Ÿฝ

Oh my! A short walk up from our camp โ›บ๏ธ site and there it is...Bryce Canyon is not actually a Canyon, but a series of amphitheaters that are etched into the pink Claron limestone of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Limestone pillars are dissolved into bulbous spires called hoodoos. The Indian legend is that the coyote turned the people of the village here into stone because they were bad. So, we decided to name a few...๐Ÿ˜œ

Cheryl and Lori - many views reminded us of the sandcastles I build when we vacation in Topsail NC (wet sand that drips out of your hands into mounds). The โ€˜sand castlesโ€™ here are massive, hard, and peach/pink in color. We experience the Bryce Amphitheater from all its viewpoints - Bryce Point, Inspiration Point, Sunset ๐ŸŒ… Point, and Sunrise ๐ŸŒ… Point and Fairyland Point - Stunning...๐Ÿ˜Ž

The full moon ๐ŸŒ•
was amazing...the winds ๐ŸŒฌwere wicked, howling @10-15 mph all night long. Not our most restful sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด , however, we were cozy warm in 28 degree temps ๐Ÿ˜ We love โค๏ธ our tent and sleeping bags!

Bryce was so different from all the other parks we have seen...360 degree endless expansive views and villages of massive sand castles with amazing colors - pink, peach, white hues. What a dynamic and mesmerizing place...like nothing either of us have ever seen ๐Ÿ‘€

Off to Zion National Park...last of the Mighty 5 ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป

Karenโ€™s dream almost fulfilled ๐Ÿค—


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6th November 2017

W๐ŸŒŸW!!
BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing your journey!! Loooooove your whimsical descriptions and pix!!๐Ÿ’œ
7th November 2017

Great blog entry
We loved Bryce Canyon also.

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