During September and October Susan and I embarked on a tour of several midwestern and western states, driving in our 2000 Toyota Siena van(215,000 miles before our trip)a total of 7,279 miles through 13 states. We were gone 33 days and spent the night in 21 different places. When we got home it dawned on us that we had been together virtually 24/7 for the entire trip with no major disagreements and without growing tired of each other. I think our marriage of 41 years will last.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday September 30: Bryce Canyon UT

We got an early start on our 1 1/2 hour drive to Bryce and discovered the Utah aspens are as beautiful as the Colorado ones.


Bryce Canyon is like another world—highly unusual rock formations with varied colors and vegetation.  The rock formations are called hoodoos—a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion.  And interestingly enough, there is no river in the canyon, so the erosion is from wind plus freezing and thawing of rain and snow.  When you arrive (and save $25) you begin to understand the idea that hoodoos cast a spell on you.




We hiked the Queen’s Garden and Navajo Trails down to the canyon floor among the bases of the hoodoos.  It was even more fascinating to be up close.

Queen Victoria with her crown and flowing gown

At the base of hoodoos

Over many years winds have shaped this tree

The trail was pretty obvious, but someone decided a cairn was needed on the side of this tree.

A few more hoodoos and who dat?

To return to the trailhead we decided to take the Wall Street portion of the trail despite this warning.

It wasn’t really dangerous since we weren’t facing freezing temperatures, rain, or strong winds, but it was a strenuous climb through a steep narrow canyon with multiple switchbacks.

Taking a well deserved break along the switchback trail

View from the top, breathing heavily.

We’re not at Arches, but we see an arch nonetheless

Before we leave Bryce I’ll leave you with a couple of hoodoo shots

On our way out of the park we happened to pass some prong-horned antelope grazing in a field.  Beautiful animals.

Next stop—Kodachrome State Park.

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