|every texture was so weathered, gnarled and beautiful|
|Can you spot my tiny David?|
|the biker gangs, the veggie burgers (I ate one a day at least on this trip, not many veg options out yonder, the hoodoos -- oh the hoodoos!!)|
So glad he planted the seeds though because Bryce truly blew me away. What's wonderful about it is that you can actually take in this amazing, hoodoo filled landscape -- your mind can handle the scale and it's stunning. The blazing red colors and forms are something of an underwater castle, I couldn't help imagine Ariel the mermaid holding court amidst the trails! We watched the sun set over the dramatic amphitheaters and then woke up early for a hike within the valley. I loved how you can look over it all, then the next day be betwixt and between it all. A brilliant study is contrasts.
The air was so crisp and the high elevation was a welcome reprieve from all the desert heat . . . the plant life looked different here too, it was so nice to see Ponderosa pines all around and star gaze as you're pretty much in the middle of nowhere Southern Utah. GO NOW!
If you Go:
- hike early as it can get hot
- stay in the National Park Lodge if you can, but Ruby's Inn had a great lodgey feel and was just down the street
- shop at Mugwumps - the crazy antique store about 20 miles outside of town going west. It's painted like an American flag and run by 3 sisters, it's a treasure trove, BRING CASH (they don't take anything else).