Week 268 - Bryce Canyon, Utah - 10-02-2011
The Bryce is Right
Travelogue viewers, C'mon down! With our engine running great
and using no oil and with Mandy in the family, we headed West.
1) Our first stop was to visit Dean and Laurel in Topeka,
Kansas. They are fellow pickleball players that we met in Casa
Grande, Arizona. We enjoyed fellowship and church, played
pickleball and had a 50 amp power hookup! Thank you, Dean and
Laurel. 2) Next up, visiting Ellen's Aunt Glo in Aurora,
Colorado, just east of Denver. We have visited her several
times in Texas and she is now living with her daughter Sue and
her husband Dennis.
1) Also in the Denver area, in Commerce City, is Pete's nephew
Eric. Happy Birthday Eric! We had our third great visit with
Eric, Lena and Dasha. We were having such a pleasant visit, we
forgot to take a photo. This photo is from our 2008 visit. Dasha
is five now and when she smiles it says "give me anything I
want!". 2) In Lakewood, just west of Denver is Jeff. For the
first time in our travelogue, we are proud to introduce Mr. and
Mrs. Jeff and Linda Jackmond. Jeff was a down-the-hall roommate
of Pete's at college in 1970. We visited Jeff in 2006 and 2008
and were thrilled to meet his lovely bride.
Leaving Denver heading west you are on Interstate 70. This
creative freeway goes for miles through tunnels and being
cantilevered over the Colorado River as it meanders toward
1) Just a few hundred feet from the Utah border is this sign "Leaving colorful Colorado". We supposed it was a slap at Utah,
but their sign says "Who's colorful now?"
In Utah, at a rest stop, Ellen and Mandy pose for a photo in
front of "The Reefs". It seemed like a great place to Mandy to
get some exercise walking back to the Mothership.
1) Mandy says fat chance!
2) But once Ellen got a ways
down the hill, Mandy caved and came along.
1) Most other states would designate this area as a state park
or monument. But in Utah, it's just another roadside stop. 2)
If you want notoriety you have to be something like Bryce
This National Park is nothing short of amazing. The canyons are
filled with spires and pinnacles, called hoodoos
park is 18 miles in length, but the most popular formations are
only a few miles from the entrance. Below are the views from
Close by is Inspiration Point.
The views again are spectacular, best viewed at sunrise or
sundown (as is most anything photo-worthy).
Our favorite area was Sunset Point.
The beauty comes from the multi-colored geological formations
that were caused by rain and wind erosion.
These formations rise hundreds of feet above the canyon floor.
1) How many "people" can you see in these spires. 2) These
gingerbread cookies all lined up for a family shoot.
You can get a completely different viewpoint by hiking the 1.3
mile trail through Sunset Point area. Mandy says "hike all you
want guys, I'm staying right here!"
Some of the crevices are dark with great views upward.
Others glow as the sun lights up the rocks.
This pinnacles rise hundreds of feet above and and tunnels
beckon you to explore.
The park rangers have propped up some of the leaning rocks. But
others are left for the visitors to take care of.
This view and the next are available as you are rising out of
the Sunset Point hike.
The exit trail looks much like a ski slope.
1) Still at Sunset Point, is Thor's Hammer. 2) What great
contrasts as you go from golden to pinks to greens to the
Bryce's Natural Bridge is said to be misnamed as it was carved
by wind and rain and not by a river. Bridge or arch, it is
Aqua Canyon contributes its colorful structures and a second
cousin to Thor.
Bryce Canyon National Park is out of the way, but worth the
drive. It was a bit chilly at the end of September; we would
recommend a warmer summer month.
We miss you all, love, Pete & Ellen & Mandy
Photos from Oct 2011