Beautiful Bryce

Bryce Canyon National Park Travel Blog

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Our Zion campsite view when leaving that morning

After fretting upon awakening, I finally decided to let the kids sleep to a normal time and then take things as they come.  I’m convinced that lack of sleep is why many people are grouchy and we’re no exception.  So we got going around 8:30 am from Zion’s South Campground and guess what?  None of the bad things I’d worried about ever happened! 

 

  1. Backing out of that tight camping space:  Our kind neighbor behind us (the one who saw us pull in and move some tree branches in the process!) moved his jeep out of his site, then directed me straight back into it (out of kindness and probably self-protection), so we could pull forward out of the campsite.  When I mentioned that I didn’t want to hit the post he said they were flexible.
    Catching Matthew, our Adventure Cyclist friend, at the gas station outside of Zion
      “Really?” I asked.  “Yes,” he said, “You hit one yesterday when you pulled in.”  OOPS!  So he held it out of the way and off we went with a grateful wave.
  2. Construction:  Nowhere to be seen!
  3. Traffic up the 3.5 mile road with switchbacks- basically nonexistent!
  4. The tunnel:  I’d bought my $15 pass for the East tunnel at the Visitor’s Center the day before, located it, and by the time we’d gotten there and waved to the Carlisles (that nice family we keep seeing), we were told to head on through and just drive down the center.  We’d timed it perfectly!  There was a long line of cars at the other side waiting to come through.  Maybe they stop traffic every 5 or 10 minutes each side?
  5. A campground at Bryce:  Since everyone we’d spoken to at Zion was headed to Bryce today, I thought we’d have trouble finding a site.
    Bryce hoodoo's
      But we found a gorgeous one (Site 49) in Bryce Canyon’s North Campground.  Terrific, beautiful campground!  At 8000 feet, it was nice a cool dry camping.

 

So of course, I thought that since everything had gone right, I was in for a doozie.  But it never happened and we had a terrific day at Bryce! 

 

The kids were yelling at me at the gas station, all in a twitter - They'd spied Matthew, our Adventure Cyclist Friend!  He was headed into Zion that day.  He'd found it easier to climb 3,000 feet plateau in 10 miles than to ride into that 40 mph headwind after Marble Canyon Lodge.  He is really fast!  We got his blog address and gave him ours.  Hope we run into him again soon.  His fabulous blog is here:  http://tinyurl.

com/66zbnc

 

We found a campsite in the Bryce Campground and then rode our bikes to the nearby gorgeous Visitor’s Center.  There we saw a movie on Bryce Canyon.  Afterward, we conferred with the Rangers who helped us plan the shuttle bus ride to Bryce Point to see the amazing Amphitheatre. 

 

Zion is amazing for the enormity and close proximity of the sheer red cliffs surrounding you.  Bryce is amazing for the rock formations in the park.  They have “hoodoos” that are rock pillars that look like columns, statues, or pillars and their colors and numbers are just amazing.

Co-pilot Charles
 

 

Both the lodges at Zion and Bryce are also fascinating, historical places to see with big wooden beams and stone fireplaces.  Just staying there would seem very significant because of the history, I’d think.  The Bright Angel Lodge at the Grand Canyon was the same way, and I’d love to have time to read the book I saw on the historic lodges of the National Parks.

 

We met many people along the way- I was trying to think of the difference between the visitors at the Grand Canyon versus Zion and Bryce Parks.  I think the ones at the latter are just more relaxed and probably a bit more sophisticated in the outdoors.  They enjoyed talking and giving/getting traveling advice, which made it fun on the shuttles, in the campground, waiting for the movie, etc.

Lia and Jazy in the RV
  We get our best info from fellow travelers.  I’m really proud of how the kids reach out and talk with others too.

 

After an early dinner, we walked back to the Visitor’s Center to catch the shuttle (they’re optional at Bryce, not required as at Zion) and found they were just ending for the night.  So we walked back through the campground to the General Store, got some more food for the kids, and walked on to the Sunrise Point rim trail.  It was amazing and I’m glad we got to see it.  Then we trudged back through the camp amphitheatre, doing renditions of our own 60-second comedy skits of each other, and headed back to the campground, loaded the bikes back on, and called it a great day!

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Our Zion campsite view when leavin…
Our Zion campsite view when leavi…
Catching Matthew, our Adventure Cy…
Catching Matthew, our Adventure C…
Bryce hoodoos
Bryce hoodoo's
Bryce hoodoos
Bryce hoodoo's
Co-pilot Charles
Co-pilot Charles
Lia and Jazy in the RV
Lia and Jazy in the RV
Headed to Bryce
Headed to Bryce
Bryce hoodoos
Bryce hoodoo's
Bryce Admittance Booth
Bryce Admittance Booth
Ranger at Bryce
Ranger at Bryce
Lovely relaxation in Bryces North…
Lovely relaxation in Bryce's Nort…
Lovely Bryces North Campground
Lovely Bryce's North Campground
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