Seat of our pants!
Bryce Canyon Travel Blog› entry 1 of 3 › view all entries
October 17th, 2009 – by: jenn79
Las Vegas is such a cool place!! More so if you have amazing friends, but it's just a few hours from lots of neat places, and one of them is Zion, Utah.
Somewhere along the way from Nevada to Utah, we decided to visit Bryce Canyon instead of Zion. Lots of strange things happened, such as discovering Bryce Canyon was another 2 hours away from Zion, finding out the entire Zion lodging community was fully booked, and just a general love of experiencing completely new things got the best of us.
We got into Zion around midnight, and pulled into a Walmart to get our fishing licenses. WOW, what an experience! This was my second time ever in a Walmart, and I had heard this before, but they sell GUNS and RIFLES there! And they're open 24 hours!! Did you know that?! RJ and Sal commented on the presence of flasks being sold right next to the rifles, leading to many a "drink and shoot" puns. We each plopped down $12 for a fishing license, and I was disappointed when the Walmart guy laughed at me when I asked if there were "group fishing permits". Shit, I better catch like 20 fish for $12! We also bought a styrafoam cooler for our intended catch and left to check into the hotel.
Smushed 3 to a king bed, we slept fitfully and then woke up at 8ish, a bit confused at the time difference as each clock seemed to claim a different time zone. We got into the car and headed to Bryce Canyon - whee!!
Bryce Canyon is very very different from Zion. There are something like 15 different hiking trails in Zion, ranging in difficulty, but shaded and you can't really drive through to see the different parts. Bryce Canyon is located basically along a main road, so you can literally drive a bit, park, and then get out and see everything without having to hike. So this is what the 3 lazy amigos did =)
By far the most impressive thing you'll see is Bryce Ampitheatre, located at the very beginning near the entrance. Hundreds of interesting bright-red pinnacles form concentric semi-circles and a couple of steep trails allow you to walk among these huge monoliths.
I passed out somewhere along the way, woken up by Sal to see the natural bridge - another beautiful, bright orange creation of mother nature. We decided to do one short hike though before we left Bryce - the mossy cavern, which is actually outside of the park (and free). This hike was 0.4 miles - perfect! But at an altitude 8,000 feet, it was still a bit tough to breathe.
The path is also strewn with these gorgeous river pebbles. One little rock has swirls of bright orange, lemon yellow, pink and purple! It was gorgeous and looked like candy to me.
After our little hike we considered a variety of things... should we visit the Anasazi museum 74 miles further away? Should we go pick apples with Mennonites? Should we scout out a place to fish? We decided to get sandwiches and gasoline for sure! We tried to pick apples but the Mennonites turned us away, probably because we weren't Mennonites - darn! But the lady took one look at Sal and gave us a bag of freshly picked apples for free.
Afterwards we were off to do one of my all time favorite things - watch a movie! =) We headed into Hurricane after a half hour rest and watched "Where the Wild Things Are". SUCH a good movie!! Except I kept picturing Tony Soprano, but oh well =)
We also stopped by a diner Sal thought looked interesting for some dessert. Only to find out it's one of the best hidden gems in Hurricane. Amazing food, crazy people, and gorgeous prints of Page, Arizona all over the walls. Some pie, root beer floats, and coney island hot dogs later, and we were off. We went to bed around 1:30am as we had to get up a bit early to go fishing!
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