Blogs from Bryce Canyon, Utah, United States, North America


North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon August 15th 2022

11th August, 2022 Alarm went off bright and early this morning so we could make the 7am pick up for the tour. We were by ourselves at the pickup point for quite a while. But less than 3 minutes from pick up time, heaps of people turned up. We had a full bus of 13 passengers plus the driver. The driver Joe told us that this was going to be a very fast paced tour and warned each one of us not to be late back to the bus anytime we stopped. First stop was Zion National Park which was quite spectacular with mountains almost right on top of you. There was a shuttle bus that goes around the park and stops at significant places and we just rode that to each stop, got off for ... read more

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon August 5th 2022

Here in the US, we are blessed with a multitude of great national parks. But I wonder if any of us can name a favorite. I think I have narrowed mine down to just a few, almost all in the western US. Among my favorites are Yosemite NP (here in my backyard), Bryce Canyon NP, Arches NP, Grand Canyon NP, Zion NP, and Glacier NP. Three of these are located in Utah, one of my favorite states to visit. Most of the parks I have visited are in the west, except for Everglades and Acadia. Much of what you like about a national park is what you like to do. For me, it is mostly the sights, some hiking, cycling, and most importantly, the photographic opportunities. I try not to factor in the expense or difficulty ... read more
Bryce Canyon NP
Zion NP

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon July 26th 2022

On se réveille vert sept heures ce matin. Le temps est toujours aussi couvert, mais il ne pleut pas. Un rapide coup d’œil sur la météo nous annonce un répit jusqu’en début d’après-midi. On file prendre le petit déjeuner, qu’on avait commandé la veille. Ce Bed And Breakfast est réputé pour ça. Et c’est en effet bien mérité, on se régale. Notre hôtesse n’est, par contre, pas optimiste du tout sur le temps de la journée. Du coup, on prend les k-ways, un sweet et on part vers Bryce Canyon. En arrivant vers le parc, on a finalement un beau ciel bleu. On va de garer à Inspiration point. De là, on va faire une randonnée de six kilomètres. On rejoint d'abord le "Rim", le chemin qui longe le canyon. Le spectacle qui s’offre à nous ... read more
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon July 15th 2020

Monday, 13 July, 2020 We left hot, hot Moab and drove to Capitol Reef National Park, with beautiful ever-changing scenery along the way. We saw rain clouds form and it looked like rain falling in places, but decided it must be virga. When we were within 20 miles of Capitol Reef we ran into real rain. Not a drizzle or a shower, but big downpours. They would only last a few minutes, then stop, then pour again. It did cause the temperature to drop from 100 to 64 at one point. Our campground was at Fruita, which is a beautiful green valley along the Fremont River, full of fruit trees and deer and surrounded by beautiful colorful cliffs. We took it easy all afternoon, letting Timmy ride his bike while we enjoyed the somewhat cooler weather. ... read more
Capitol Reef NP
Capitol Reef NP
Capitol Reef NP

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon April 14th 2020

Each of us have our favorite national park. Now that they are closed, perhaps we will appreciate them even more. Mine, as you may know, is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. In fact, I was just there in November. Above are three of my photos from that trip. The national parks are a true American treasure. When we can travel again, I strongly suggest you place one or more on your travel plans. But Bryce is not in the top five most visited. What are the top five? 5. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 4. Zion National Park, Utah 3. Yosemite National Park, California (only about 90 minutes from us) 2. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Most visited: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee I am sure each of ... read more
Iconic entry
Colors always change

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon January 14th 2020

You know what they say, travel is all about learning. I think it’s fair to say we’ve all learnt something here at Bryce Canyon... ...the girls have learnt about patience - there’s nothing that tortures Australian children quite so much as driving through miles and miles of pristine fresh snow only to be repeatedly told they can’t get out and play in it because there was nowhere to pull over. ...we’ve all learnt about exhaustion - there’s nothing quite so aerobically challenging as hauling yourself through thigh-deep powdery snow at 9000ft. ...Geoff has learnt about zippered pockets and how they prevent you from losing important things. ...and we’ve all learnt a little bit too much about stress...when you combine items two and three above. A tip for all travellers - 3ft of powdered snow that you’ve ... read more
It’s all beautiful and pristine, til the Aussies come along
In it up to his knees!
Oh, there’s rocks here too!

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon November 13th 2019

What is a hoodoo? It is a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion. A hoodoo can also cast a spell. Our visit to Bryce Canyon National Park was highlighted by the hoodoos surrounded by the beauty of southern Utah. About ten million years ago, forces within the Earth created then moved large blocks known as the Table Cliffs and Paunsaugunt plateaus. Rock layers on the Table Cliffs now tower 2000 feet above corresponding layers on the Paunsaugunt. Ancient rivers carved the tops and exposed the edges of these blocks, removing some layers and sculpting formations in others. The Paria River and its tributaries still carve the plateau edges and steep slopes of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, on which lies the national park. Any photos you have ever seen, do not portray the hoodoos ... read more
Love the snow on the red rocks
Love the Hoo Doos
And a hiking paradise

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon May 23rd 2019

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 ... read more
Sunset Point 2
Look out Point at the top!
Arch viewpoint as we descend.

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon August 9th 2018

We’d planned to leave early for Bryce Canyon, to beat the heat over the steep stretches of Hwy 191. Of course, we didn’t pack anything after our campfire dessert and didn’t wake up early. The trip to Bryce took about 8 hours, including bathroom stops and a lunch stop. We did beat the worst of the heat and the stretch south has a shorter uphill, but the downhill is steep and long. Best to let the engine do the braking if possible. We didn’t have a campsite reservation at Bryce Canyon and were a little concerned, however, there were many sites available. Many sites are sloped but most in Loop A are a pull thru making it easy to park. After running amok, the grandkids settled in for the evening. Wednesday morning all of us slept ... read more
The Hike into the Canyon
Taking a REst
A dry river bed

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon May 27th 2018

Mileage 181 miles We got up and started packing. The hotel had given Claire a can of diet coke when she checked in and she had been drinking it this morning. As she was packing she knocked it over and it poured into her suitcase. We all went into action with towels and hair dryers. Luckily the stuff that got really wet was all dark. As we left Zion National Park, Claire drove so that Pam could get the bird’s eye view of the route from the passenger’s seat. Claire saw a giant man made tunnel hole in the side of the mountain and said “there is the tunnel”. Susan stated that it would be one major drop off. We started to speculate on why there was a tunnel opening in the middle of the mountain. ... read more

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