Sunday, June 22, 2008

Bryce Canyon National Park

Sunday we were off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

The last time we were here was several years ago and it was early May and the day we went to Bryce it was snowing. Not so today. The day could not have been nicer with lots of sun, some fluffy clouds formed in the deep blue sky, and the high was projected to be 74.

When we were in Zion we started way above the canyon and descended a couple of thousand feet into the canyon to for viewing. Bryce is exactly the opposite. We started at the entrance to Bryce at around 7,500' above sea level and ended at 9,100' above sea level. Unless you want to hike, and heck we cannot even breath at these altitudes, you do not get down onto the floor of Bryce Canyon (you can ride a horse down into the canyon but we are still recuperating from last year's horse ride in Garden of the Gods).

Hoodoo – a pillar of rock, usually of fantastic shape, left by erosion. Hoodoo – to cast a spell. Bryce Canyon National Park is full of hoodoos and they do cast a spell on one.

The vistas here both across the canyon and down into the canyon are breathtaking. Some of Mother Nature's finest work can be seen here. And her work is ongoing. The average rate of erosion here is 1-4 feet every hundred years. It is estimated that in 3 million years, hoodoos will cease to exist here. So, if you want to see Hoodoos, I suggest that you run, don't walk to Bryce Canyon.

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