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Bryce Canyon National Park

The only natural reaction upon seeing Bryce Canyon for the first time is to gasp. We had the pleasure of catching the park early on a beautiful morning. At that time of day the rock emanate a peach glow that takes your breath away. Bryce is distinctly different from the other National Parks we have visited.

Because we started our hike early, we were the only ones on the trail. That’s how we like it most. Then we really get to enjoy the natural beauty without the chatter of other tourists. We were pretty much in heaven… that is until the clomp of a mule train overtook us – tour group!!! Once the group of 25 mules and horses passed us our hike took a turn for the worse. We got to spend the next mile and half dodging poop, flies, and stink. Gross, right? We were not happy campers and cursed the National Park system for allowing horses on the trails. Luckily, the train stopped to rest and we got ahead of the mules for the remainder of the hike. Whew.

Once the coast was clear we were able to take our eyes off the trail and get back to the beauty of Bryce. The red rocks are interspersed with huge Ponderosa Pine trees. It makes you feel as if you are in the desert and the forest all at the same time. Erosion of the pink cliffs was evident all over the park. Some of the areas we hiked in had even been reduced to sand (rain, the expansion of freezing water, and widening canyons all contribute to the demise of the rock). Sad to think that one day this display of nature’s beauty may no longer be there for us to enjoy!

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July 12, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

4 Comments »

  1. Gasp was our reaction too. Bryce and Zion were our favorites.

    Comment by jamey | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. wow…beautiful!!!

    Comment by Lizzy Clark | July 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bryce Canyon was an all time favorite of ours! We were fortunate, no mule trains running through when we visited! Beautiful pictures!

    Comment by icantdrive55 | July 13, 2010 | Reply

  4. Wow those picures are prize winners! We took a helicopter ride over Bryce which was spectacular but hiking amongest it all must have been really inspiring. Where are you headed in Idaho? Ken is there right now with his motorcycle riding bud’s having a ball. Our place(in Clayton) is 40 miles east of Stanley(which is gorgeous) the Sawtooth Mts are a sight to see. Phone# at the house is 208-8382785. I think they are leaving fri.So fun to be following you, thanks for the fun blogxxoo

    Comment by auntie | July 14, 2010 | Reply


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