|Fall has arrived in the high country!|
|Cottonwoods in Coyote Gulch|
|The Jacob Hamblin Arch|
|Coyote Gulch Panorama (note the arch in far left)|
|Self proclaimed "shower spring." You better be ready to get wet when you try to fill up your bottles in the spray.|
|Camping on a beach under the stars.|
Bryce is a small but scenic park. I hiked to see bristlecone pines, some of the oldest trees in the world, gnarled and twisted by the wind like oversized bonsai. I took my requisite photos of the Hoodoo Amphitheater before a thoroughly enjoyable walk thru the hoodoos themselves. They were more impressive up close than from afar, the better to see the weathered detail and carved shapes.
|Bryce Canyon Amphitheater|
|Hoodoo Arch, Bryce Canyon|
|Can you find my favorite hoodoo - Thor's Hammer?|
Zion is a stunning park. I drove thru a mile-long CCC built tunnel through the canyon wall. I watched rock climbers tackle impressively high sandstone walls. I hiked to the top of waterfalls and spring fed hanging gardens. There is a convenient, free NPS shuttle to take sightseers and hikers up canyon along the Virgin River. It even continues into the town of Springdale, dropping one off back at their RV park following dinner at Oscar's Cafe - a delicious avocado & corn chip cheeseburger and a pint (or two) of Wasatch Brewing's Polygamy Porter. With a name like that you know it's OK to have more than one!
|Zion Canyon reflection in Emerald Pools|
|The view from Observation Point. Angels Landing is the summit of the sandstone rib jutting into the valley, far far below|
|A short hike from camp to Monument Point, North Rim Grand Canyon|
|Monument Point Panorama, North Rim Grand Canyon|
|Sunrise view from camp, Crazy Jug Point, North Rim Grand Canyon|