View of the Amphitheater.
Oh it was so cold and wet this morning. We were so grateful for our little electric fireplace heater. Oh yes I could have turned on the furnace but you know we never have because the electric fireplace works great. Poor little Dottie was so wet from going to the dog pen to do her business that her whole harness was wet. She warmed back up in her bed in front of the fireplace while I made breakfast and coffee to get David warm and me awake.
It was so nasty out all morning that we just took it easy. I worked on the blog while David read the news. After awhile, David took Red for a long walk where one of the Park people told him he could tak Red off leash. The park owned a whole lot of land back over a hill toward the mountain behind the park. David took Red’s e-collar and off they went. Dottie and I were quite content to have a little quiet time whiles the boys roamed the hills. After about 45 minutes David and Red returned but I think David was the only one tired from there adventure.
Sunset Point 2
Additional view of the amphitheater.
Along about noon the clouds began to break so we took off to check out Bryce Canyon Park which was just 7 miles back west from us. David and I had visited Bryce, Zion and this area many years ago when we lived in Colorado. Late 1980’s and then in the late 1990’s. We love the entire country!
As David says this country is a perfect picture around every turn. So he had his camera on his lap from the time we left the trailer. We drove through Tropic and back west to Bryce Canyon National Park. The weather at the entrance of the park was cold and blustery and the visibility into the broad amphitheater at Sunset Point was reduced. We drove the 15 miles to the top to see the view site at 9600 ft of elevation. It was so cold we only get out for a brief stop in the blowing snow! We stopped several times for pictures as we descended back down toward the visitors center but the weather was actually getting worse with snow flurries. Bryce Canyon and the whole area is a wonder to behold for sure, but seeing
Look out Point at the top!
It was very cold and snowy at 9600 feet of elevation.
it in snow was even more special. We stopped briefly at the visitor center for our refrigerator souvenir magnet. David said that we are getting so many we are running out of room on the trailer refrigerator but I assured him there is always room for one more! We started collecting on our way to Alaska, then added more from our trip to Texas, the summer trip to Nova Scotia, Africa, and now this trip. I have to admit there are now 60 magnets on the fridge, so why stop collecting now?
On our way back home we stoped by the small grocery in Tropic, David got a chance for cookies. David is the original “Cookie Monster”! I’ve been really trying to be better about my diet since January but I must admit traveling makes it hard. I find if I keep goodies out of the house I have less of a problem David takes his goodies to the RV garage so “it’s still out of the house”. Traveling there are just too many opportunities you have to say no too. Now as you might guess this little grocery made it really hard. I love Tillamook strawberry
ice cream and at home they never have it. They have every other flavor but not strawberry so I’m not tempted. The only place I’ve really found it is in Oregon, yes a Tillamook Factory in Tillamook, Oregon. Occasionally you can find the ice cream bars but I tried to avoid those too. Now just what do you suppose this little tiny grocery store had in the middle of nowhere? Yep, a full 1/2 gallon of Tillamook Strawberry ice cream! Now as far as I’m concerned that an omen and must not be trifled with, you must take what has been provided! So I did! I did share though, even Dottie and Red enjoyed a little! Ok it didn’t last long but wow was it good!
We returned home, enjoyed dinner, ice cream and a movie and had a restful night and were ready to take off again tomorrow, 33 miles east to Escalante.
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