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Published: September 8th 2019
This morning we woke up to another beautiful day, had breakfast and headed out of Zion to Bryce Canyon, NP. We decided to take the Zion- Mt Carmel Highway. This scenic highway is know for it's switchbacks, slickrock canyons and sweeping views. The road which is ten miles long has two tunnels which were dug through the face of the cliffs. One of them is 1.1 miles long, took 3 years to build, and cost a fortune. The tunnel has large "windows" that give you a peek at the beauty surrounding it. The sheer cliffs on the side of the road had Diane catching up on her e-mail, or playing a game on her phone which is usually the case when we are on this type of road. As we exited the tunnel the landscape around us changed to slickrock formations and eventually to "hoodoos" , green fields and cattle country. We arrived at the Bryce Canyon Information Center and were pleased to find that they also had a shuttle system in the park. We jumped on board and set out to see all of the incredible vistas Bryce had to offer. Our first stop, "Bryce Point" where you are looking
down and around at incredible color and surrounded by spires and Hoodoos with The Aquarius Mesa in the distance. This plateau is the highest in the North American continent, being over 11,000 Ft. It is impossible to describe what laid before us. I'm not sure even photos can really do it justice, and God knows we took enough of them. Next stop was Sunset Point, elevation 8000 ft., where we decided to take the trail to Sunrise Point. These trail are unpaved and are along the ridge line with no railings and sheer drop offs. Definitely an area where you want to pay attention! We stopped at the visitors center and went to watch a movie about the park. There were a few bobbing heads during the presentation as we were now pretty tired and hungry. After a great late lunch, we headed to the town of Tropic where we would be spending the night. Talk about a small town, not sure there were even 2000 residents! I had booked some adorable log cabins, and they were within walking distance to everything. In fact, you could walk the entire length of town in about 200 yards. After a short rest
we had a lovely cocktail hour, then headed to the local barbecue, then walked back to our cabins and crashed. It was a full, but wonderful day.
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