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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
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Sunrise
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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North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon March 27th 2018

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North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon November 4th 2017

Scenic Byway 12, Utah’s All-American 🇺🇸 Road 😮 omg!!! Ear popping jaw dropping...thru Dixie National Forest 🌳 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. 😊 We drove thru Boulder, Tree 🌲 City USA. Crazy 😜 dramatic steep and narrow road...no shoulder or guard rails. Scary 😱 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 👍🏻 It’s ... read more
Our Subie is lov’n it 😍
Bryce Canyon

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon August 27th 2017

We wanted to see the park in morning light and to also get ahead of the weekend crowds so first thing this morning we got going but this time we drove the car instead of taking the shuttle bus. The views are dramatic. Like the Grand Canyon, pictures don't capture the dimensions. The famous quote from Ebenezer Bryce, the first Mormon settler here, when asked how he would describe it said "Well, its a heluva place to lose a cow." This afternoon we took an ATV tour on Kate's recommendation. We followed trails out to the rim and through woods and fields. Its not really my kind of thing but to be honest we all had a blast. We saw a group of pronghorn antelope along the way. This evening we want to go back in ... read more
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